Tutorials

At Advancer Technologies, we promote all forms of interest and learning into biomechatronic technologies. To help culture and educate future great minds and concepts in the field, we frequently post informative instructions on some of our technologies on Instructables.com.

We hope you make good use of these great resources of knowledge!

All Advancer Technologies tutorials are released under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
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Bionic Iron Man Armor

In the spirit of the upcoming release of Iron Man 3, we've decided to teach you how to build some killer Stark Industries tech to show off while camping out at the front of the line of the midnight show.

This Instructable will teach you how to build a Repulsor that uses one of our third-generation Muscle Sensors to give you that truly immersive and realistic feel.


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I AM IRON MAN!
Simply flex your forearm muscle and hear the repulsor charge up, then relax your forearm to fire (lighting up the LEDs on your palm and playing explosion sound effects). As an added flair for realism, when you turn on the system, J.A.R.V.I.S.'s voice takes you through the boot up and calibration sequence

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USB Biofeedback Game Controller

Building upon our last tutorial, which taught you how to build a muscle sensor, we've decided to give you a project that really showcases the power of our muscle (EMG) sensors. Advancer Technologies’ “USB Biofeedback Game Controller” harnesses the power of electromyography to allow players to directly control video games with their muscles. At the core of this plug-in-play controller is the powerful yet low-cost Arduino UNO microcontroller, a favorite among hobbyist and students, acting as a HID keyboard interface. Integrated with the Arduino UNO are four of our new Platinum Series Muscle (EMG) Sensors, allowing four muscles to act independently or in combination with each other to control over four buttons. In our setup, we elected to use a six button setup with the left forearm controlling the B button (RUN/ATTACK), the right forearm controlling the A button (JUMP), the left bicep controlling the LEFT button, the right bicep controlling the RIGHT button, and combinations for UP and DOWN.

This tutorial will teach you to build a USB Biofeedback Game Controller. Use it to play any computer game (that uses keyboard inputs) using your muscles as the controller.



USB Biofeedback Game Controller - More DIY How To Projects


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EMG Audio Biofeedback

This project was made by one of our customers and posted on Instructables.com. 


This biofeedback setup uses an EMG sensor to represent muscle tension as a series of beeps and allows you to train your body to adjust muscle tension at will. In short, the more tense you are, the faster the beeps become, and the more relaxed, the slower. Using this device you can learn how to regulate your body to speed up and slow down the beeps; hence increasing and decreasing muscle tension. With some practice, you will have enough understanding of your body to be able to control muscle tension without use of the device. This is cool because it allows you to consciously control a part of the body you would not normally be able to otherwise sense or easily control.

I set mine up to monitor the muscles in my shoulder and neck that are responsible for tension headaches, but you can place them on just about any muscle group. I recommend experimenting with the placement of the sensors and seeing what is possible.


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DIY Muscle Sensor / EMG Circuit for a Microcontroller


Measuring muscle activation via electric potential, referred to as electromyography (EMG) , has traditionally been used for medical research and diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. However, with the advent of ever shrinking yet more powerful microcontrollers and integrated circuits, EMG sensors have found their way into prosthetics, robotics and other contol systems. Yet, EMG systems remain expensive and mostly outside the grasp of modern hobbyist.

This instructable will teach you how to make your own muscle sensor to be incorporated in your next project. Use it to control video games, robot arms, etc.




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Soft Circuit Position Sensing Glove


Advancer Technologies is currently developing a semi-autonomous pneumatic muscle actuated hand therapy glove for recovering stroke and neurologically impaired patients called the ExoGlove . Part of the ExoGlove project is focused on integrating a finger position sensing ability to monitor the position of each finger.

The following Instructable describes the position sensing hardware of the ExoGlove project and will teach you how to build your very own position sensing glove.

After your glove is finished, use it in a variety of applications such as a controller for a TV, video game system (like the Power Glove ), computer, or robot.

Position Sensing Hardware Features: 
>   Sensors are sewn into a neoprene glove
>   More comfortable and feels more natural.
>   Sensors are removable and replaceable
>   Uses conductive thread for the wiring. More comfortable than conventional wiring. 
>   Easily customized or mod'ed



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