It’s been a couple of months since the last Bionic Project update and things have been going really well.
So, where are we at? Well, there’s plenty of good news.
Firstly, let’s talk about the Bionic Basic. (if you didn’t read my post about the TWO Bionics, read this article first for context.)
We’ve established that all the various functional components are definitely viable. We can have the testicles under pressure and through a single squeeze of a simple valve, the pressurised testicles will be able to fill the shaft with liquid to a fully erect state. To go back to flaccid state will require a firm squeeze of the shaft.
The valve will have a lock off, but thanks to physics and balloon pressure being non-linear, you theoretically don’t even need to lock it off when in erect state.
With the Bionic Deluxe, again we’re at the stage where we have the viability of most components confirmed. We have an appropriate material for the touch sensitive shaft and insertable controller and have managed to get all electronic components down small enough to be able to fit into both testicles. There’s still some work to be done on the pneumatic valve and purge system, but I’m confident we will be able to get this confirmed in the near future.
As well as the insertable controller, we are also developing a hand held remote for those that can’t/don’t want to use the insertable version. This hand held remote can either be worn as a two finger ring (for one handed operation) or as a wrist band (but then you’ll need to operate it much like a watch so with both hands involved in the process.)
For now, the fitness tracker/heart rate monitor is on hold, but I’m very hopeful that this will still become a reality at some point down the road.
So in summary, where we are at, is that we know all of the above is viable.
The biggest hurtle we are coming up against is time. As these universities are taking this on as a two semester project, it’s looking like there will be a limit to what is achievable in this time frame. For instance, we know the touch sensors will work but there’s a HUGE amount of work involved in calibrating the sensitivities so as to ensure reliable operation. We don’t want false positives, but we also don’t want it to not register the input it is meant to register so this is all a fine balancing act that in and of itself is a a massive project with a ton of variables.
So as much as it is all looking really promising and the teams have been doing an absolutely fantastic job, I do think in all likelihood I will need to run this project for a second year and have another team take what these guys have managed to do, and keep refining it till we get to a fully functioning prototype.
But we still have a couple of months up our sleeves and things are really starting to come together now, so keep watching this space…
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