Robotic Fishscale Shingle System

Yixiao Wang (Major Contributor), Chase Frazelle, Richa Sirohi, & Liheng Li, 2016-2018

"Robotic Fishscale Shingle System" is a bio-inspired robotic surface design for the reshaping of a habitable space. It is novel, tendon-driven, and comprised of aggregated, overlapping panels organized in a herringbone pattern. The individual 3D-printed panels and their behavior as an aggregation are inspired by the form and behavior of a swimming fish. Here I present the concept, design, and realization of this robot, and compares our prototype to simulations of four physical configurations that are formally distinct and suggestive of how the surface might be applied to habitable, physical space in response to human needs and wants.