Son of Toby
Robotic Arm Project
A student research project supported by the Drury University Physics Department , in conjunction with the NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.
Why call it Son of Toby?
Toby is a skeleton that is as old as Drury University itself. Brought in 1873 by Dr. T.U. Flanner, Toby was used by the science department up until 1942, when he was retired because of poor condition. The skeleton was, however, a favorite tool used in college pranks. Hanging from the steeple or light fixtures, sitting in the president's chair, or hiding by the organ, Toby was everywhere. He once moved with the help of guide wires. You can find a more detailed description of Toby and the things he did here.The Son of Toby is a research project on how the brain controls the body's movement, initiated by Drury University Physics Profesor Dr. Greg Ojakangas. He acquired a new skeleton for this purpose and it was nicknamed 'Son of Toby'. That's how it all started. Initially, the goal was to actuate an actual model skeleton using twelve muscles, but that idea was too complex to start with immediately. The research team has currently developed a 2-degree-of-freedom robotic arm but eventually expects to develop a 4-degree-of-freedom arm with 12 muscles actuating the movement of the arm. This arm will then be attached to Son of Toby. You can find more information about this here.