Open Innovation Fall 2017


James Morse
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Finding a comfortable seat at NuVu in the morning is a rarity: the three seats on the couch fill up quickly, prompting students to sit on the ground or on step stools. As students begin work on their projects, additional floor space is often necessary. Space and seating are both limited commodities, but there remains one massive unused space: the 20-foot-high ceiling. The Sky Chair provides comfortable seating without interfering with studio work space. The teardrop-shaped canvas pouch, suspended and reinforced by a sturdy wood-and-rope skeleton, balances comfort and support. By means of a pulley system attached to the ceiling, the chair can easily be lowered for seating and raised for storage. Numerous safety features protect the user such as a net supporting the pouch after grommets were found to be unable to fully support the canvas pouch.

The Peculiar Pair

Christopher Kitchen


Stefano Pagani and 2 OthersLouie Adamian
Aveen Nagpal

Laser PCB: a prototyping device automates prototyping Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) using the fast high-resolution methods used in production manufacturing without the need for a large facility and team.

All previous solutions for prototyping PCBs have been low resolution, unreliable, and/or expensive. We set out to make a device that produces PCB by adapting professional manufacturing techniques for use in an inexpensive, small, fully automated device. initially, the designed used modifying laser paper printers to dispense the resist disassembling 5 printers and breaking 2 before realizing that printers have too many sensors and timers and are made to be as inexpensive as possible so they are not modifiable without being broken.

 After exploring different ways of depositing or hardening resist the conclusion was the best way is to harden normal photoresist with a UV 405nm laser. In the past people have used a laser cutter to etch away resist the problem with this technique is using a normal gantry laser cutter it is very slow and with the rasterization the edges are rough.

Glide Guide

Sophie Ana Paris and Ruby Miller

Glide Guide: An adaptive skating device that provides balance and stability for Marina, who has spastic muscle movements due to a childhood brain injury.

Marina has always enjoyed skating. Born into a skating family, she was a competitive figure skater early on. At age twelve, Marina suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a horseback riding accident, which resulted in spastic muscle movements on the left side of her body. With compromised balance, Marina found skating extremely difficult without the help of a skating walker. Skating walkers are usually designed with the legs directly on the ice, to prevent the skater from sliding out of control or falling, but this has the downside of hindering the skater’s ability to slide and turn. Glide Guide's flat, rounded base is designed to provide stability with its large surface area; to slide freely on the ice; and to rotate for turns. The device is composed of three platforms, each serving a specific purpose: the top to provide a place for Marina’s elbows, the middle to prevent her knees from shooting out in front of her, and the bottom to slide across the ice. A braking mechanism was added to give even more control.

Las Tractoradas

Amanda Brown and 2 OthersJames Brink
Joshua Shapiro

Josh: The first draft of the game worked well but was not very challenging, fun, or engaging. The goal was to make it more fun and also keep it true to the events of Catalonia. Minor improvements to game mechanics and basic coding improvements have made the game more interesting to play and ensured that it works well on different-sized screens. Certain game mechanics were changed to make the game more complex, and thereby more difficult to play and more engaging. In the new version, beyond creating protests and protecting them with tractors, players now need to transport protests from Barcelona to polling stations in order to gain points. These points can be used to purchase tractors to protect the stations. The game now has waves with increasing difficulty, and players win once they make it through all 8 waves.

James: The first iteration of Las Tractoradas was a major accomplishment because the game was playable, and it had a relevant purpose and featured detailed art. However, from a technical and design perspective, the game lacked depth and was not genuinely enjoyable to play. Las Tractoradas 1.2 has more features that make the game a more engaging experience.

The game needed enhancements both in the code and in the game mechanics. The code was inefficient and disorganized, making it arduous to add new features or to adjust some values, for instance, to change the way an object gets destroyed. To combat this and make editing easier, the code was refactored using abstract classes and parent classes, so that the relevant lines of code can be found in one place. A significant new feature is the addition of polling stations, which corresponds to how the referendum was achieved In reality. In the old version, players simply placed protesters to gain influence over time. This proved to be uninteresting, involving little interaction; this was remedied by allowing the protesters to move like the tractors, which players found more engaging. Players now gain influence points when the protesters reach a polling station.Another problem was there was no sense of progression in the game. To make the game more dynamic, waves were added to make the game increase in difficulty as time goes on, as more police spawn in the later waves. Finally, a new police unit is added, the Elite Police, which is faster and harder to stop.


Alannah Argyle and Abigail Spencer

NuVu Fall 2017 Exhibit

Andrew Todd Marcus


Amanda Brown

The Peculiar Pair

Andrew Todd Marcus

Sky Chair

Jakob Sperry and 2 OthersJames Morse
Ignacio Heusser