Cool PCB Monday: RIT’s Bipedal Robot

Iris Weeden |   |  ADC, Analog to Digital Converter, Force Sensing Resistors, FSR, IMU, Inertial Measurement Unit, LSM9DS1, manufacture PCB, MAX1161, pcb assembly, pcb assembly usa, PCB Electronics, pcb fabrication, printed circuit board
This week’s featured board comes from Matt, a BS/MS student in Electrical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester.
LSM9DS1-MAX1161
Matt is currently working on his thesis in the Multi Agent Bio-Robotics Laboratory (MABL), which is to create a 3D printable bipedal (two legged) robot. The boards we produced for him are part of the robot, specifically are daughter boards for the foot. The boards are comprised of a LSM9DS1, MAX1161 and a linear voltage regulator.  The LSM9DS1 is an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and is going to be used to help track acceleration and position of the foot while it is in the air. His design for the IMU is based off of Sparkfun’s 9 DoF sensor stick.  The MAX1161 is an external Analog to Digital Converter (ADC), and is used to measure 12 Force Sensing Resistors (FSR) on the bottom of the foot. Check out his work in progress so far, which includes a close up of the board.
RiT-robot2