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Julian Ceipek

I ♥ learning, collaborating & teaching.

I craft systems with & for people.

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interactive plush octopus toy System Prototyping & Protocol Design collaborator: Yuting Su

Octobo is a plush soft robot that helps children from 0-7 years old learn the alphabet, spelling, rhythm, and the foundations of STEM education.

Yuting Su designed Octobo at USC. As the sole developer on her thesis project team, I…

  • created the microcontroller software, BLE-based communication protocol, and iPad app that allow the toy to interact with children
  • worked with Yuting to evaluate microcontrollers and sensors for the toy’s prototype
  • showcased the toy at events
  • helped Yuting in discussions with potential manufacturers