Hannah Wolfe’s goal was to explore caterpillar movement while on the island. She looked at different materials to make the caterpillar with and different movement techniques. She tested using a motor to spool fishing wire and a linear actuator driven spiral. The final design used a 12 volt motor to power a spiraled linear actuator. While the initial design was 3d printed, the final construction was made out of bamboo, linked together with an elastic band. Feet were added to stabilize the caterpillar.
Project: Island Caterpillar
Bio: Hannah Wolfe is a media artist and PhD candidate in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She earned a B.A. in Visual Arts from Bennington College (2009) and both an M.S. in Media Arts and Technology (2016) and an M.S. in Computer Science (2017) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has been shown at international art exhibitions and published in academic journals. Her artwork focuses on the relationship between body and technology, giving computers and robots biological qualities. Her research interests include human robot interaction, affective computing, virtual reality, and computational creativity.