Professor Krovi was pleased with the Hexapod: “my experience across the board has been phenomenal. The process became very easy when working with Quanser’s team – from engineering through management, everyone was very cooperative. Working initially with Jacob (Quanser Founder and CTO), we explained our ideas to him and he understood where we were coming from …” This cooperation continued further in interactions with the engineering team: “we were able to quickly nail down the specifications and proceed through various stages of the design cycle which paved the way to the project and it’s timely completion.”
How timely? “Deploying the idea from conception to actual prototype, the time span that it took was actually a couple of months, when normally in university settings it would take much, much longer.” In doing so, Krovi’s grad students remained involved intimately in this collaborative process, making it a real-world learning experience for them. “Many of the projects that have been productized at Quanser have their origins as masters thesis or PhD thesis topics. So having the students visit Quanser was a great experience because they got a sense of empowerment … of seeing how their work could potentially be commercialized and deployed and because they themselves can turn entrepreneurs and perhaps set up a company that, like Quanser, could be very successful.”
What of other uses for the Hexapod? Beyond research, Professor Krovi will also use it in demonstrations for undergraduate and graduate classes, and have students work on independent studies using the device. With applications in vibration studies, earthquake simulations, flight simulation and even rehabilitation, the entire college can make the most of Quanser’s specialized robotic and mechatronic devices created originally for my research.