Sunday 23 September 2012 00:00 Age: 238 days
Robotics Lab Member Jamal Grant Interns at Hasbro
Jamal Grant interned at Hasbro this past summer working with the Advanced Robotics group in the Advanced Technology and Innovation (ATI) department. He worked on multiple projects alongside many other college students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Northeastern University.
Jamal worked on implementing new technology into the upcoming KREO brand of construction blocks, therapeutic toys with automatic data collectors that aid people with physical disabilities, and sensor testing for the new FURBY 1.0 that is currently in stores. One of the largest projects he worked on was an Elmo toy where he assembled and designed internal mechanisms using Solidworks, created Visual Show Automation (VSA) routines, and sound-synced movements for Elmo songs. His internship is ongoing; he is currently working remotely while at UMass Lowell with a group of co-ops on a Grand Idea project. The goal is to create a toy from start to finish, keeping cost in mind, doing market research, and making presentations to higher professionals within Hasbro.
"I gained more skills than I thought I would have at a toy company. I learned Solidworks, Audacity, Sound Forge VSA, Arduino programming, mechanism design and some circuitry. This internship will directly help my work in the lab and other places because of the skills that I have gained. This year in the lab I will be working on programming the robotic wheelchair, editing sound in Audacity, and continuing working on some of the wiring in the telepresence robots. My skills gained and polished at Hasbro will be of immediate use to me in my time at the lab and at any company I go on to work or intern for from here on."