Let's Start Answering the Hard Questions
As robotics engineers, before we can run an experiment to answer a scientific question, we have to design and program a complex mechatronic system. We all face the same challenges:
- finding which specific broken wire is making our robot unstable;
- writing yet another I2C driver because the example code is for a different microcontroller;
- coming to the conclusion that screwing an M6 bolt in the sole of a boot is the only way to attach a hard robot to a soft boot;
- and wondering how many more cycles we can get out of that puffy LiPo battery before it is “officially” unsafe to use.
As corporate sell-outs who left academia to start an exoskeleton company, we had to find better, cheaper and more sustainable solutions. We designed what we think is the best wearable robotics research platform in the world: stable, high-performance hardware and software that allows us to conduct repeatable experiments.
We’d now like to share seven years of hard work by offering the FASTER platform to the research community. Skip the soldering, the embedded C debugging, the filing and sanding of aluminum parts, and start answering the hard questions today.