FlowIO Platform is a pioneering development tool designed for actuation, sensing, and control in soft robotics and programmable materials. It features a compact design with five programmable fluidic ports, executing diverse functions like inflation, vacuum, and pressure-sensing. FlowIO is self-sufficient, having integrated power and pressure sources, Bluetooth for remote operations, and a range of sensors like Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) and altimeters. Its comprehensive software suite streamlines prototyping, enabling rapid project execution.
Ali Shtarbanov is a Bulgarian-American interdisciplinary system architect, HCI researcher, and electrical engineer who is currently a PhD student at MIT Media Lab. Ali has co‑authored 14 publications on topics related to Interactive Interfaces, Haptic feedback, Development Platforms, Assistive technology, Human‑Robot Interaction, and Wearable technology. His works have won multiple design, research, and engineering awards and grants exceeding $100,000 in combined value and have been featured in numerous news articles and magazines including BBC Science Focus, Tech Briefs, Fast Company, and Hackster. morePortfolio LinkedIn
Hye Jun Youn is a designer, material science researcher, and artist. She is researching at Harvard GSD’s Material Processes and Systems Group (MaP+S) Lab and Harvard SEAS’s Material Science Lab. Her research includes the design, fabrication, and functionality of novel materials for creative use in industrial, engineering, and architectural applications, and in products accessible to artists, designers, and casual users. Hye Jun has won multiple design awards for her works, and she has also been featured in Forbes 30 under 30. morePortfolio LinkedIn