• When you need a tool at NuVu, usually one of two things happen, either they waste time looking for tools in the shop, (where finding a tool can be very confusing) or are searching on their desk (wasting more time in some cases). My solution to this predicament, is to create a chair mount that will hold all the tools you need, reducing time wasted looking for tools, as well as helping desk organization.

    There are many, many wonderful things that happen at NuVu, and many great systems to help those happen. However, not every system is fantastic. Currently one of the biggest problems at NuVu is that desks are unorganized, with people not being able to find the tools they need. Although all our tools are stored in the shop, allowing you to grab a new set, this system ends up wasting a lot of transition time, as well as being very confusing at times. In the past there have been a few attempts to solve this problem, like the tool wall at the underground, as well as a similar project done last year. However, these solutions left a lot to be desired, the tool wall, although organizing the tools very well, can make it difficult to find a specific tool, as well as still requiring a trip over to the shop for grabbing the tools. The previous project did improve on this some, mounting to two tables, and holding tools via two flat wood planes with holes for the tools. While this does save trips to the shop, unfortunately the way it was designed made it difficult to put the tools in, as well as making it impossible to move the two tables without removing and reattaching the device.

    With all of this in mind, I realized that there were a few things that I had to focus on: that the tools were easy to remove and re-insert, that the tools need to be near the work space, not to put too many things in one general place(to avoid getting cluttered/confusing), that the mount needed to be removable, as well as not getting in the way when moving it around with the mount. In my design, I took advantage of the hole-filled design of the chair, using pegs to attach all the components. I primarily used specifically sized boxes to hold the tools (primarily due to ease of use, and preventing confusion for where things go). The design features a sketchbook/laptop holster on the bottom left side of the chair, holding 15+ pens/pencils, a sketchbook(obviously), as well as a slot for a ruler. On the top of the chair, I have panels vertical panels with boxes for holding the tools. When not using the top panels, they can be folded back to fit the approximate dimensions of the chair. In total, the top panels can hold: a caliper, wire cutters, pliers, scissors, a tape measurer, an allan key set, and a box cutter.

  • Houseplants bring the beauty of the environment inside and are shown to improve human heath. However, plants often have trouble growing indoors due to irregular sunlight patterns. The Phototrobot aims to optimize a houseplant's ability to grow inside the home with environmentally friendly methods that try to preserve the natural world that's being brought inside. 

    The Phototrobot is an autonomous robot with a plant on top that follows the sun and is powered by solar panels. It was originally a line following, light tracking robot with a plant on top, but I decided to modify the functionality to include solar panels for the open innovation period. I've always been interested in the environment and fascinated with the technology being used to combat its issues. Last year in my environmental science class, I researched solar panels and wrote an intensive paper on how they work and why they could be a good investment. Since plants and solar panels both search for light, a light tracking robot seemed like the perfect way to combine their similarities. Aside from the benefits of houseplants, The Phototrobot explores how renewable energy can be brought into the home in a small, but meaningful way. 

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     People who live in small spaces often find it difficult to find space for their furniture. The Hoberman Chair is piece of furniture that transforms between two phases, a lounge chair and a space-efficient table. The chair uses the three-dimensional scissor mechanism invented by Chuck Hoberman, and popularized in the Hoberman Sphere, to expand and contract in three dimensions. The elegant and mesmerizing motion of the petal shaped pieces gives the user the impression of a flower blooming.

    The table is formed when the outer segments meet together in the closed phase, and the piece sits parallel to the ground. In this phase, the legs are also oriented with a support that holds the table upright.

    The chair is formed when the mechanism is opened, achieved by pulling outwards on the table. In this stage, the segments open up into a ring. The piece is then tipped onto its side, and rests on the edge of two of the four legs. Elastic string is weaved in the area inside the ring, forming a seat for the user.

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