I am Vidya Mohanan. I hail from the Indian state of Kerala. I am a Computer Science Engineer and currently work in an IT company.
I always loved to tinker with electronics as part of my projects which I used to work during my college days. The Element 14 Women makers and engineers contest seems like a good opportunity for me to get back into my hobby.
Please find my audition video here:
Regarding my previous project, I have worked on a gesture-controlled robot using basic robotics parts and Inertial measurement units. As you can see in the video, the hand gestures are captured using an IMU pair and processed in an Arduino Nano to determine the motion of the robot and the servo system mounted on it. It has a lot of applications in industrial as well as military sectors. Some include control of manipulators or targeting systems according to the gestures captured from the operator. I do not have the hardware with me right now as it was submitted to college years back. However, I am attaching a video that we recorded while testing the project back when we worked on the same. For this contest, I am planning on developing and upgraded version of this, with more cool features and precision.
I hope this contest is a great motivation for all the women hobbyists out there. Thanks to element14 for hosting such an event and I look forward to taking part in this contest in all the three phases.
PS: I apologize if the video clarity is not the best as I lack a professional arrangement to record the same.