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Healthcare robotics (Mechanical Design, Course 2, Course 10, Course 20, or surprise with what you've built)




HST: Health Sciences and Technology

Faculty Supervisor:

Jose Gomez-Marquez

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To schedule an interview please reach out to littledevices@mit.edu

Project Description

Description: We are working on new ways of using mechatronic and robotic systems make medical devices using digital fabrication tools. Our robotic system is combining small, portable automated systems with biological platforms. Create modular components for users to remix and customize these medical devices. Final output will use robots for affordable health applications that will be tested in our fields sites in Canary Islands, Chile and Honduras. You will also be part of the Spaced Based Pharmacy Project. About Us: The Little Devices researchers reinvents the way people create medical devices for international and domestic healthcare systems using design approaches such as affordability, modularity and DIY. We span a portfolio of UROP projects involving diagnostics, medical devices, hospital makerspaces, and construction kit design. Our lab aims to design technology that is robust and economical, yet intelligent using advanced sensors and smart materials. Projects from the group have been launched in Germany, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and Space (New!! See below) The work has been featured by the New York Times, Wired, CNN, and TED. More at: littledevices.mit.edu Join us in Cambridge, Spain and Space! We will give you important challenges, guidance and autonomy and resources and you will surprise us with smart solutions. All positions have the option for pay or credit. There is a 2-day fabrication and design orientation to be scheduled upon assignment. You will be joining a fast paced, interdisciplinary group who focuses on hands-on ideation and prototyping. To schedule an interview please reach out to littledevices@mit.edu


Experience with CAD or other 3D modeling software, fabrication experience (machine tools, laser-cutter), hardware assembly and basic robotics (paths, manipulation, transport).