Biomimetic Motion

NuVu Photo Booth

Andrew Todd Marcus
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The Physical Toolbox is a learning resource that is tactile, interactive, and collectable. Within the parameters of a 90mm x 52mm casing, a limitless world of methodology unfolds. The collection highlights various techniques and best practices in hand modeling, digital fabrication, mechanisms, and electronics- intended to serve as learning resources for makers of all age groups. 


Cardboard lends itself to different mechanisms compared to wood and acrylic. This mechanism combines aspects of the parallel linkage and eccentric cam. It also uses the springiness of cardboard as the returning force to bring the flag back down.

Learning Goals: 

  1. Understand the basics of the cam and linkage mechanism. 
  2. Apply your understanding of the mechanism to create a unique prototype. 

Part I: Template model

Using the template file provided, you will follow step-by-step video instructions on how to recreate the cam and linkage cardboard model. To complete the activity, you will need cardboard, scissors or exacto, a dowel or a pencil. 

Part II: Build your own version

Once you’ve completed the model, prototype at least 2 different ways to modify the pre existing elements to -

a) change the movement of the mechanism, 

b) customize components, 

c) introduce a new add-on feature, 

d) posit a novel application.

Part III: Document

Take photos of all your work. In the caption, make sure to describe the prototypes and explain your work process. Post your answers to the following reflection questions:

  1. Did you find having a demo template useful? 
  2. If you were to repeat this exercise, what would you do differently v. same?
  3. Describe the parts you've modified from the original template. 
  4. Are there other mechanisms you'd like to learn how to make?

NuVu Photo Booth

Andrew Todd Marcus

Arduino II

Spyridon Ampanavos

Arduino I

Spyridon Ampanavos

Testing your arduino

Jiyoo Jye

Blink Code 

Testing your arduino connection

Before you start using your tiny new computer (aka Arduino) you are going to run a test. Using the blink code, you will be able to see a simple physical output where a built in LED blinks from the board.

Before you begin, you will need the Arduino Software downloaded. Refer to the link below this post for instructions. 

Before you start this test, follow the instructions here: Installing Arduino

Human Tentacle

Haley Roach

Creators: Sofia Carlson, Haley Roach

Introduction to the Slide Editor

Jiyoo Jye

How to Use the Media Hub

Combine Video, Gifs, and Images and Text, All in One Post!

To report a bug or see release notes, visit the platform page.

NuVu Platform: Logging In

James Addison

If you have used the NuVu Platform before AND you remember your password, then skip to STEP 4 and 5. If this is your first time using the Platform or if you have forgotten your password, then follow all of the steps below. 

STEP 1: In the top-right corner, click the word "login." 

STEP 2: When the black menu appears, click "reset password," and enter your school email address, and then click "Send Password Reset Link."

STEP 3: Check your school email account for an email from NuVu. Be sure to check your junk email folder as well if you don't see the email in your inbox. Follow the instructions in the email to reset your password.

STEP 4: You should now see your name in the top right corner. Success! (your screen will look slightly different than mine). Under "Studios" click on our current studio, "Cyborg Enhancements". You can also find this studio by clicking on your name in the top right corner.

STEP 5: You are now on the landing page for our studio for the rest of the term! To let me know that you have succeeded in making it this far, make a celebratory comment under the post "comment here!" This post will only appear if you have logged in successfully.