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EOEC Lab Book

Eric Rex Gulson Castillo Oliver Ochoa Garcia Elías Pastoressa Lobato Carlos Eduardo Lomeli Uribarri

Problem and Mission
Problem  People don´t come to school enthusiastically. The don´t look forward to one more day of school and are probably tired of early rising. Solution  Use a robot in the lobby to jazz up the entrance and spread a positive feeling through disco music. This feeling can last throughout the day, giving a better scholar performance.

Elías Pastoressa Lobato

Hi there, I am Elías Pastoressa Lobato. My nickname is angeldelinfierno4567, but you can call me Angel, if you want. I love to listen to metal because that’s my favorite genre, although my favorite group is KISS (rock). I would like to study cinematography, become a director and be famous all over the world. During my free time I play one of the most famous MMORPG (known as World of Warcraft) and I also enjoy making my own videos which I upload onto my account in YouTube ( )

Oliver Ochoa García
Hi, my name is Oliver Ochoa. I’m a 17-yearold student who studies in Las Hayas School. I have developed a fascination for 2 things: cooking and robots. This fascination has led me to a variety of jobs where I´ve tried to enhance my abilities. Some of my most distinguished work has been done in a catering company where I worked as a waiter, maitre and head chef. This experience not only let me feel how cooking careers worked but also let me develop a vast ability of leadership. My abilities in robotics, although not as developed as my cooking ones, have been honed as well. I am taking a course in school from a renowned teacher from Cornell University where my abilities in robotics and business are put to test. All in all, I’m an over-average student with very different interests which I wish to one day fuse.

Eric R. Gulson Castillo
How do you do? I’m Eric, also seventeen and in my senior year in high school. I am a fanatical birdwatcher with over 500 species seen, my latest new “lifer” being a Blackchinned Sparrow. I enjoy taking bird photographs but only through the digiscope method (using a digital camera brought up to a spotting scope, they tend to come out of focus). I enjoy playing the flute and am also (somewhat unsuccessfully, due to schoolwork) trying to read three books (one by Twain, the others on birds). Due to my love of birds, I plan on dedicating my life to their conservation. Therefore, I want to study a conservation oriented career (such as Natural Resources) in the university as to give me a head start. As for working experience, I’ve been a field guide in odd jobs, showing people where our feathery friends are. So long!

Carlos E. Lomeli Uribarri

Hello, my greatest pleasures include being with my friends and family, I am a friendly guy. I am a collector, I have all sorts of things ranging from liquor and perfume bottles to garbage. I want to study civil or industrial engineering, and I like practicing all kind of sports.

Project Management Phases

Getting the product ready for the market. Giving it a slogan,

Our task was quite clear from the beginning: we were to make a dancing robot. We decided that we wanted the robot to dance to disco music and present it in the entrance hall. We then defined our problem and mission, which basically say that we want to cheer people up, as many don’t look forward to another school day, and spread a good mood before classes start, perhaps improving academic performance. We then investigated on the existence of other dancing robots, as well as the history of music and dance. This was to give us background information to base our project upon.


During this phase we had to come up with an idea of what we would build. Firstly, we had to compose music for the

robot to dance to. We knew we wanted to have the robot dance to disco music, so we had to investigate disco rhythms and try different, repetitive background melodies. Finally, it was during this phase that we decided that we wanted the robot to move its arm from its left hip toward the sky above his right side in a typical disco dance move. We also decided that, due to material limitations, we would only be able to make one dance move, with arm and hip.

First, we had to decide how to make the arm move from one side to another while turning on the hip. We decided that the motor would have to be on the lower part of the body and, using a special gear that can move its outer side while stabilizing its inner side, made a robot that could do just that.

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Modular Construction
Making complicated constructions using small, simple, reusable modules (parts with single functions).  Build quickly  Change solutions easily  Make reliable

Robot that dances

The HRP-4C is a humanoid Japanese robot created by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo. It was publicly presented on March 16, 2009. It is 158 cm (5 feet, 2 inches) tall and weighs 43 kg (95 pounds) including the battery. It is capable of recognizing surrounding sounds and, by using the vocal synthesizer Vocaloid, can sing. Her faces has 8 different motors that modify its silicon face to be able to gesticulate and show various emotions.

In the most recent Digital Expo Content 2010, hosted by Japan, she danced and sang using Kaori Mochina´s voice, who is a famous Japanese pop singer.

History of Music

The history of music extends throughout all societies and periods of humanity. The expression of emotions and ideas through music directly affects culture, including political and economic organization, technological advances, the attitude of the composer and his relationship with the public, the ideas circling in each community, the function of art in society and each composer’s biography. The history of music is divided in several periods, beginning around 5000 BC and continuing until our era.

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Ancient world (5000 BC - 470) The ancient world includes ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome and ancient China. The Middle Ages (470 – 1500) Religious music that is divided in two streams: Music from the primitive Catholic Church and Gregorian chants Renaissance (1500 – 1600) Music from this period is divided in different schools, which depended on the country of origin. Baroque (1600 – 1750) This style began as an attempt to simplify melodies, but soon was dominated by ornamental and majestic music. Many new forms of music, such as opera, appeared.

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Classical Music (1750-1800) This style is characterized with a transition from complicated Baroque music to a more balanced relationship between structure and melody. Franz Joseph and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are two of its most important composers. Romanticism (1800 – 1900) It began as an attempt to free itself from Classical music´s restrictions by flooding with emotion. It began with Ludwig van Beethoven´s music. XX Century Jazz and it´s variations Music with African-American origins that is characterized by extravagant rhythms and a popular expansion in the 20´s. Artists include Louis Armstrong and George Gershwin. Rock (1960 – 1980) It derived from a variety of other genres, especially blues, rhythm and blues, and country, but also from gospel, jazz and folk. This all gave a musical structure that fast, danceable and sticking.

History of Dance
The art of dance is closely related to the earliest civilizations when they were formed, with its beginnings almost the same, and recognized as one of the first arts. Dance movements are natural for all human beings, although there are people who have better rhythm than others. We all have a sense of bodily actions and this happens from time immemorial. The earliest existing records of the history of dance are more than 10,000 years old, being ancient stone sculptures and carvings that show the existence of dance rehearsals, and music. Is an expression as early as the formation of the first tribal societies, where the dance was part of the rituals for hunting and survival.

The history of dance and their beginnings are associated with the Egyptians, where within several pyramids, drawings of different rituals and actions related to dances and music can be found. Greeks and Romans took some of the dances found in Egypt and adopted them as part of festive rituals for gods with special emphasis Dionysus, god of wine and drunkenness. Dance refined over the centuries and, in the middle Ages, became more diverse and adopted new and different aesthetic forms, movements and rhythms. During the Renaissance, dances decreased in its diversity as many were banned by the church which deemed them offensive; such was the case of the "dance of death." This particular dance was intended to remove the “Black plague” from the body via grotesque movements and loud cries. Yet nowadays dances have regained its diversity as the church became less powerful and less strict in their ways. One example of grotesque dances nowadays are the ones used with the musical genre called "Reggaeton". However this type of music and dance is still looked down by connoisseurs of music as it lacks musical instruments the grotesque movements it contains.