Process

Callum Schnee and David Shaw
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In a world where aliens have invaded and destroyed New York City, the iron structures of the skyscrapers are all that is left. Humans have developed this vehicle to climb up the frames and escape from the aliens whose inner magnetism render the iron structures deadly. 

Our first prototype explored using sticky or magnetic mecanum wheels attached to a normal rectangular chassis. Mecanum wheels allow a vehicle to move in any direction without turning. There were problems with using mecanum wheels to transition from floor to wall to ceiling and ultimately we decided to go in a different direction. 

The second prototype was a triangular prism with magnetic wheels on all three edges so they could snap on to metallic walls. In the end we decided that a triangle shape would be cool, but it would be complicated and would not properly fit our needs. 

For our third prototype, we decided on a cube shape with magnetic tank treads, rather than wheels. We chose tank treads because it allowed us to have a larger surface area on the wall at one time. This design would also potentially be able to go across ceilings. 

The first model of our tank treads were good and steady, but had a few minor imperfections, such as friction between treads, and were not magnetic. 

The second design fixed the friction issues and allowed the treads to hold magnets. This model, though, made the frames too thin around the magnets, so they broke often. 

Our third and final tank tread design made the frame around the magnet thicker. The result was a tank tread that both looked better and worked better. We 3-D printed all the tank treads and laser cut all the frames for the magnets. After producing all the small parts on a large scale, we glued them together with epoxy.

After the motors and treads were assembled on the cube, we realized that the design was unable to hold itself up on the wall. Because of this, the design was changed entirely for functional reasons to the flat design you see now. While it is not as interesting of a shape, the new design increases the surface area of the treads on the wall and spreads out the weight, so it can effectively climb up the wall. 

 

 

Final

Callum Schnee and David Shaw
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In a world where aliens have invaded and destroyed New York City, the iron structures of the skyscrapers are all that is left. Humans have developed this vehicle to climb up the frames and escape from the aliens whose inner magnetism render the iron structures deadly. 

This vehicle uses magnetic treads to stick to magnetic metal surfaces. The vehicle is controlled by a remote control, which make the two motors drive the treads forwards. The 3-D printed treads are attached to a wooden frame, which holds the magnets in place. 

Wearable Lie Detector

Nemo Hsiao and 2 Otherssunny tu
Annika Cunningham
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Process

Dana Yesson and Wesley Garland
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In a world where the Earth got shrink rayed and there is no room to exercise, people are mad that they can't get in shape. So there is The Virtual Reality walking machine where you can get a workout and play video games. 

Our idea was with this machine and wearing a VR (virtual reality) headset you can walk on our machine, while playing video games . You're held up on a harness so you don't fall off it. You will be walking on pedals with a turning mechanic.The way we achieved the walking and turning was with a sensor that reads a black and white strip to tell if your turning left or right. But we weren't able to get the walking system to work because even though you were held up on harness that holds your weight, When you walk the pedals still couldn't handle the pressure. We also planned on getting it to work with a VR headset called google cardboard which is a VR made out of cardboard, though thats a whole other thing of coding. The turning worked and we were able to make a little game just to show how it works. I believe if we had another two days we could complete it.

We made a lot of prototypes and models, about five I would say. What changed the most was how it looked, and how we could turn or walk on it.

Process

Michele Zaccagnini and 2 OthersSophia Thurau-Gray
Caden Krauter
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We created a hoverbord that could survive in a Sci-Fi world where 80% of the world is lava.

We made our first prototype out of cardboard and tape. It had cardboard fans and also used a fan for steering.

Then we added a fan that was pretty weak and didn't budge. Then we made it out of thin wood and added even better fans that would go berzerk if you didn't hold it.

Our final model was mad of foamcoare and had domes to protect the fans from little fingers.it was RC and had a steering fan and rudders for steering.

 

Final

Michele Zaccagnini and 2 OthersSophia Thurau-Gray
Caden Krauter
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The world that would need this invetion is a world that is one huge volcano. The main idea is for the hoverboard is to safely transport people across lava. As the hoveboard is rc, you would need someone to control the hoverboard within range of their vison so they can see you. The problem is that it spins around like crazy when it hovers. We are trying fix that for the time being. The project is important because it can transport stuff across long distances if you tape a camera to it and sync it to a iphone or ipad to see where you are going.

Final

Maggie Liu and 2 OthersNate Small
Graham Galts
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In a post-apocalyptic world where aliens have taken over and nearly driven humans to extinction. Only one island remains safe and humans must find ways to disguise themselves. It was discovered that the aliens see clearly in infrared light, but can also discern color differences. Thus, camouflage technology has been developed to avoid IR detection as well as change colors.

This wearable machine curls up when the wearer is crouching, much like a roly poly's shell. It uses LEDs to change color. It changes color to camouflage against predators like the aliens that are hunting the humans. The plastic allows the color from the LED lights to go through but is still opaque enough where someone outside can't see through. It also camouflages infrared light because as long as the wearer isn't directly in contact with the material, body heat cannot be transfered and the wearer will be disguised from infrared detectors.

 

Process

Maggie Liu and 2 OthersGraham Galts
Nate Small
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We were tasked with creating a sci-fi world in which we would create and then build a machine. Our world has aliens have taken over and nearly driven humans to extinction. Only one island remains safe and humans must find ways to disguise themselves. It was discovered that the aliens see clearly in infrared light, but can also discern color differences. Thus, camouflage technology has been developed to avoid IR detection as well as change colors.

We started off with our initial design having a projector displaying an image taken with a camera of the environment behind the person, as inspired by a precedent in Mission Impossible. After an initial prototype, we decided to move towards infrared cloaking instead and being able to blend in with the environment rather than trying to mimic it.

With our second iteration, we designed an accordion-like structure that would envelop the wearer as camouflage. We found this design to be movement impairing and restricted its wearer. However, we did develop a rudimentary harness out of wood that we would continue to refine.

With our third iteration, we thought of a more shell-like design that could be opened up and conceal the wearer when crouching. We worked on the headpiece first and designed panels attached by fabric. To camouflage against IR, we designed the headpiece so that it would not touch the wearer and thus transfer heat energy to the actual "machine". We originally planned to make the ribs out of wire and overlay fabric on top but decided to go towards a shell route. From here, we worked on expanding this design to the whole body, looking towards the shell of a roly poly for inspiration. We first created a full small-scale model, designing 3 types of shell pieces and clips to hold the shell pieces to the webbing.

From here, we began work on a full-scale design with clips for attaching the dowel to the spine strap and to the shell. We also began work on a LED light sensor system however, the sensor did not work and so we adapted our approach in having the wearer control the color given off. We decided against motorizing the headpiece.

The harness was designed to support both the back shell and headpiece. The straps were made adjustable and all the pieces were sewn together. We cut our final shell pieces out of plastic and designed notches in order to hold the pieces together. They held together well but took a long time to cut.

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Merkaba is a 3d printed exotic looking bracelet that worked as a musical prosthetic.  The bracelet itself has sharp points sticking out on one side and extends down the bracelet, unevenly. The bracelet has an arduino attached to the bracelet for the final presentation, and multiple wires connecting the bracelet to the patch on a users arm.  The wires are soldered and placed in the correct holes of the arduino to send the data to the sensors. Each bracelet has two touch sensors, which play two different sounds according to the instrument each player is assigned.

In our team Isabella had the vocal bracelet - one of the sensors on the vocal bracelet manipulates the volume of her recorded singing , while the second sensor manipulates one of her coaches beat-boxing recordings. Jasper had the melody bracelet- both sensors on the bracelet are piano based sounds and has the manipulations of the volume. Lizzie had the beat bracelet- both sensors on the bracelet plays two different beats and has the manipulations of the volume aswell the other two bracelets.

Flapping Car

Sophie Lyon and Andrew Todd Marcus
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Our final product is a car with wings that flap, wheels that can be controlled, and LED lights that change color based on the control of the wheels.