IPP - Fall 2015

Process Post

John Duval and Robert Gray

When we began the studio, we only knew that it would have to do with uprooting. On the first and second day, we were challenged with making a small one minute radio piece. This taught us how to edit, and gather audio out in the world. For this project, we focused on how the winter last year affected the T. We went around Central square and collected audio which was edited when we got back. Audacity was a little bit hard to learn at first, but after some practice, we got the hang of it. Our first piece turned out pretty well, especially for only one day to work on it.

The next day we were asked to start thinking about our final piece. -At first we had no idea which direction we wanted to take this in. Since it was open ended, Robert and I began talking about things we were interested in. After a long conversation, we arrived on the topic of space travel, to mars in particular. Soon after Robert and I made the decision, we began brainstorming who we wanted to interview and what we wanted to ask them. After creating a google doc, we wrote questions for the interviewees and also started placing links to relevant people and webpages. We began emailing people on the third day of the studio and didn’t hear back until the next afternoon. In that time, we finalized our list of questions and the recording booth got set up. The first person we heard back from was Rachel Kraft at NASA. She is in an administrative position and although we didn’t really get an interview from her, she gave us confidence in NASA and their quick responses. We also heard back from Laurel Kaye on wednesday. She is one of the candidates for Mars One. One of the visiting educators from Florida, Lori Bradner, put us in contact with people at NASA including Robert Cabana, the director of the Kennedy Space Center. It took a few days to hear a response, but in the end it was extremely worth it. Ms. Bradner was also personal friends with Janet Ivey, another one of our interviewees. Our final interview was Dan Carey, another Mars One Candidate. All of the interviews summed up to around an hour of audio. We had to trim this down to around 3 and a half minutes. As you can imagine, it took a lot of work to cut down more than 50 minutes.

    The final step was the editing stage. This included voiceover and other narrations for our project. We started by arranging all of the clips to a manageable length. Our first draft was around 5 minutes. This was more of a proof of concept, and less of a draft persay. We whittled the time down as much as we could, down to about 3 minutes. But we talked to the coaches and we decided that we had too much good material for us to cut it down any more. Hasit gave us a recommendation for a song that would play in the beginning and end. The song is “Life on Mars” by David Bowe. It is a very good piece of music that goes well with our radio package. The rest of editing was pretty tedious, having draft after draft and small edit after small edit. But eventually we arrived at where we are now, with a finished radio package.


NuVu Culture

Jules Gouvin-Moffat and 6 OthersSam Daitzman
Lila Hempel-Edgers
Dylan Smyth
Ezra Morrison
Jack Mullen
Rebecca Barnes
1 / 7


Video of Memory Collar in Use

Kalala Kiwanuka-Woernle and 2 OthersCalder Martin
Samantha Cutler

All Terrain Two Wheel

Myles Lack-Zell and Daniel Bassett
1 / 7

Music Box

Ethan Wood and 2 OthersJohn Duval
Craig Ackerman

    In this studio, we were challenged to make an art piece that kept people busy while they waited for the bus. The first solution we came up with, was making a pedal box under the bus stop seats, that would allow commuters to pedal and generate electricity. This could be used for charging electronics or powering a sign that tells you when the bus is coming. We later pivoted because this was kind of a solitary idea. Although it encouraged you to charge and use your phone, it wasn't really a form of art. So, we wanted to make something that was interactive, communal, and is a piece of art. We split up to come up with ideas, and we all decided on a large cylindrical music box that you could spin around a pole making music.



Myles Lack-Zell and Daniel Bassett
1 / 7

The objective of this project was to design a rugged, off-road version of the existing Two-Wheel personal vehicle. The existing Two-Wheel is designed solely for use on flat, open spaces where there are no obstacles or barriers to block its movement. Even large enough sidewalk cracks can cause the wheels to get stuck, resulting in the user falling off and getting injured. Our Two Wheel keeps the easy to use design, but it vastly improves handling on rough terrain.

We set out to change the fact that the common person could not ride a Two Wheel over uneven areas. Even the slightest hazards could send the passenger flying off of the product. When we designed the All Terrain Two-Wheel, we wanted to put the rider in the position of power. We did not want sticks or cracks in the road to be able to dictate the direction in which the rider traveled. Our vehicle has two, ten-inch diameter wheels to handle all terrain.  Its body is also designed to travel over unforeseen obstacles. Underneath the foot stand, the body slants down to a smaller flat piece on the bottom. This angle allows the All Terrain Two-Wheel to not get caught up on objects beneath it; instead, they just slide through. We used an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a potentiometer to control speed and direction. All the rider has to do is to lean in the direction they want to go. To turn, the person has to put one foot in the forward position and the other in the backward position, so the wheels spin in opposite directions. For this project we used an Arduino and motor controller to make the motors work. We did not know very much coding, so we had to learn as we went while modifying existing code. The wheels were also a little tricky. It was hard to get them perfect, but eventually we were satisfied.

Process Post : Memory Collar

Kalala Kiwanuka-Woernle and 2 OthersSamantha Cutler
Calder Martin
1 / 7

The idea for our project was to create something that could be passed down from generation to generation, but allowed them to have a closer connection as well. This collar allows you to record your stories and when a relative goes back to that spot the collar will light up and start playing the story.

Two weeks ago the entire group had a large meeting to decide which IPP project they wanted to do. Because it was the Fall term all the IPP projects were continuations of projects that we had done in the past over the term. All the projects that the coaches suggested we continue were written  on the board and we were allowed to pick the ones we especially liked. Our entire group decided to work on the Visual Lullaby and a couple of us chose to work on the Floating Jacket so we combined the two ideas. After lots of research and sewing we decided to scrap the jacket part and continue on a variation of the headrest; a collar.

The Memory collar is made up of three main parts that we each chose to focus on  : the LEDS, the recording piece, and the GPS. The LEDs are programmed to make the trailing light pattern that it does currently inspired by sound waves and have it light up when a person returns to where a story was recorded. The sound aspect made up of an Arduino UNO connected to an Adafruit audio sound fx board. Finally, the collar’s structure is made of acrylic hinged to felt which is sewn to a layer of cotton with batting in between for comfort.

Originally we wanted to combine the Visual Lullaby and the Floating Jacket attaching the headrest to the hood, but after spending time thinking about it, we felt that the project lacked a focus group and we changed directions. Another one of our ideas was having the jacket to be the recording device and having the lights attached to the shoulders like epaulettes. We liked the idea of having the jacket be passed down from generation to generation and having them travel to hear the stories from their family members.  However, once we tried making our own jacket we felt that the whole piece would be very clunky and hard to transport  so we focused on making something that was easier to move. After lots of brainstorming, we decided that the collar would be the best way to fabricate our idea because it would be less unwieldy.

Our main challenge was time. Our project changed numerous times over the course of the two weeks that was allotted to us, because of this it was very hard to know what we were working towards and if it would be completed. During the first week we spent lots of time attempting to make a coat and in the end, we came to the conclusion to not use the structure of the coat. During our process, we spent lots of time waiting , the electronics to come and in the final presentation it will only be a demo version of it and other large cuts were being done on the laser cutter and we had to wait for long periods of time.

The first iteration was the original jacket that we made. We traced a jacket and cut the pieces out of paper and taped it all together.  We took the pieces and used them as templates to cut the fabric out. After we cut all the pieces  we realized that we needed to have made the measurements more precise and leave space for the seams because it was way too small.

For the second iteration we got rid of the coat structure completely and began working on the collar design. We modeled pieces on Rhino and laser cut them attaching them with duct tape to get the flexible shape. We added in two holes at the sides as well, to connect the collar to the user.

For the final iteration we reprinted the pieces out of cardboard. We also cut the felt and cotton in the laser cutter and then attached the cardboard pieces to the fel with hot glue. After we sewed the pieces all together.



Jules Gouvin-Moffat and 6 OthersRebecca Barnes
Jack Mullen
Ezra Morrison
Dylan Smyth
Lila Hempel-Edgers
Sam Daitzman
1 / 8

Daily Post 11/18/15

Kalala Kiwanuka-Woernle

Today our group made many advances on the project. I began with finalizing the different designs for the individual pieces. The three different designs were for the acrylic, felt and cotton. To test it out I first cut out the acrylic cut in cardbaord, but cut the other designs out of cotton and felt. To check they all fit we clued the cardboard pieces to the felt andthen sewed it to the cotton. Sammi added in the stuffing to make sure it had enough space for everything. We decided to offset the inner circle of the inner circle so that the seams had extra parts at the ends and make it easier to sew. Calder spent the day working on the pieces for the electronics because they still hadn't come. As a group we decided instead of having the collar actually work we will have a demo version because we won't have enough time. Sammi and I spent time talking to David about the code for the LEDS and he helped us write one to make sure that it would function properly. I finished the day off lasercutting the maoin design out of acrylic, felt and cotton. 

Daily Post 11/17/15

Kalala Kiwanuka-Woernle

Today we made lots of changes to our design. First we made a mock-up out of cardboard and sewed the pieces together so that it was flexible. We thought initially that we wanted to make the neck piece out of fabric, but after talking to Rosie we felt the project may be better if we make it out of acrylic and fabric like the mirror neck piece. We decided to make another prototype that would be a lot more similar to the final so we undid all the stitches and taped the individual triangles to allow movement. We played with the placement of the fabric as well and the sizes of the triangles and how they would be aligned. The electronics still haven't come in yet so Calder spent time creating pieces to put around the buttons. He came up with many different designs and laser cut them and 3D printed them. Tomorrow we need to work really hard so that the project will be done on time.