Our Accomplishments

An overview of what we've accomplished so far.

On January 9, 2021, Public Invention hosted a conference called PubInvCon 2021: Work to be Done! The conference was a coming together of dedicated inventors, volunteers, scientists, students, and more interested in humanitarian inventing “in the public, for the public.” We discussed our successes of 2020 and outlined the hard work still to be done in 2021. 

On November 7th-8th, Dr. Robert Read delivered a paper coauthored by Avinash Baskaran to the ICMME 2020: the 7th International Conference on Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering. 

On Tuesday October 20th, Public Invention was part of a successful demo by PolyVent to the Mayor of Linz, Austria.

As a follow-up to our Vent-Con event in May, we hosted VentCon QA in July, a free, virtual mini-conference that discussed open source ventilators on the topic of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance. This conference was again supported by Helpful Engineering and Make.co.

In May, Public Invention hosted Vent-Con 2020, a conference about Open Source Ventilators. This was co-hosted by Make MagazineHelpfulEngineering, and the Ventilators Collaboration Network.The conference was a big success with about 120 participants in attendance. 

Avinash Baskaran, Megan Cadena, and Keeshan Patel make accepted proposal of a "soft Stewart platform" to the UT Create-a-thon

Avinash Baskaran Wins 1st Place in IEEE Professional Forum in Clear Lake, TX.

On the weekend of Dec. 1st, we hosted the first ever Public Mathathon to address serious open math problem communally. Although participation was low the results were stunning, including 2 presumably publishable results.

We have produced 26 open-source repos of work so far.

Our biggest accomplishment has been revitalizing the Tetrobot concept.

Published peer-reviewed academic journal article describing simple optimization of a tetrahelix.

In conjunction with the Greater Austin Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA, invented the Armadillo, a portable Petrifilm Incubator: https://www.ewb.org.au/jhe/index.php/jhe/article/view/127.

The Gluss Project has demonstrated a very novel unconventional robot.

Developed a 3D printable optical linear sensor (with Keeshan Patel.)

Published an article on using the Raspberry Pi in Nuts and Volts (with Morgan Chen.)

The Gluss Pusher project is developing an inexpensive prototype linear actuator for building large, highly scalable robots.

We have published 3D plans for a legitimiate novel invention: The Turret Joint which is essential to the construciton of Gluss robots (this was invented by Song, Kwon, and Kim.)

We’ve created and published CoilChoice, and interactive tool for desiging electromagnetic coils.

This project later took 4th place on the Women in Technology Institute (WITI) Virtual Hackathon.

A team formed at the Austin Hack for Change Civic Hackathon won “Most Hacked Forward” superlative with ATX Preemie Warmer.

An educational double pendulum simulation has been created, as part of an unsolicited proposal to Montshire Science Museum for a physical exhibit. If any knows of a better double-pendulum simulation, please let me know.

Academic Publications and Tutorials:

Transforming Optimal Tetrahelices Between the Boerdijk–Coxeter Helix and a Planar-Faced Tetrahelix