This project was part of a Penn class to create robotic and mechatronic elements for a theater production titled The Robot Etudes which appeared on May 15, 2010. The show was co-produced by Pig Iron Theatre and loosely inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The flower is remotely operated to rotate, open/close, and spring open. The back of each flower petal forms a 3-dimensional shape of a face. The flower also has a mode where it can rotate and track a person autonomously using a separate vision camera system.
I design functional prototypes for robotic, mechatronic, and electronic hardware devices. In addition to hardware product design, I do teardowns, system level reverse engineering, and BOM cost analysis of existing electronic products. A portfolio of projects I have designed over the years is at http://bartleygillan.com. I hold a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, and a MS in Robotics from Penn. Reach out if you need my services.