Purdue device garners attention at Consumer Electronics Show

Published: January 25, 2016

Ziro

Ziro, a hand-controlled robotics kit developed by Karthik Ramani, the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering, made its debut at this week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, the largest consumer electronics event in the world. (Photo by Oren Darling)
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A technology of Karthik Ramani, the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is creating strong buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show and is being called one of the "best gadgets of CES 2016."

The device, called Ziro, made its debut at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the largest consumer electronics event in the world, which is running Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas.

Ziro is a hand-controlled robotics kit that allows users to wear a glove that connects through Bluetooth to a four-wheeled vehicle-robot. Moving one's hand, closing one's fingers or turning one's palm then moves the robot forward or back and lets it turn.

"With the Ziro kit, we have designed a product that encourages unconscious learning, that makes engineering a playful endeavor full of creative potential," Ramani says. "We have made a hard thing easy, and as a result we hope to engage more kids in engineering."

The technology is being commercialized by Zero UI, which is exhibiting at Booth #80923 at the four-day event.

Ziro has been featured in coverage of CES, including The Telegraph, London Mirror, Engadet, Tom's Guide, The Verge, and BT Group.

Other Purdue startups presenting technologies at the show are AccuPS, AddiLat, SensorHound and SPEAKMODalities.

* A Big Ten Network LiveBIG video highlights an earlier version of Ziro called Handimate.

 

Writer: Cynthia Sequin, 765-588-3340, casequin@prf.org