Drill Sergeant

December 20, 2016 | 5:23 pm

Project Team: Eldon Schoop, Michelle Nguyen

Student demo at Jacobs Hall opening
A finalist in Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards, Drill Sergeant is an ecosystem of augmented power tools that help new makers gain confidence and hands-on skills. Tools in the Drill Sergeant ecosystem are outfitted with sensors that provide realtime feedback, which appears directly on the surface or part a user is working on via a small digital projector mounted on the tool itself. Additional information, tips on safety and best practices, and visualizations are available on an adjacent tablet display. This immediate, seamlessly integrated feedback helps the user develop mastery while actively using the tool — lowering barriers to entry and empowering people from all backgrounds to create new projects.

Want to learn more about Drill Sergeant? Check out:

Drill Sergeant’s project page on Fast Company

“New to the Wood Shop? These Smart Power Tools Coach You Through It”

Drill Sergeant on YouTube

Topics: Virtual reality/augmented reality, Woodworking