Brief

Uliana Dukach

RollerFan is a wearable sail that allows the user to move faster on rollerblades.

It's hard to rollerblade fast when it is windy. RollerFan harnesses the wind from any direction to push the user forward. We created this project so that the user could go faster on rollerblades with less effort.  RollerFan is made out of two flat wooden beams, one is facing vertically and another is facing horizontally to make the skeleton of the sail. Sewed onto the beams is a quarter-circle piece of Tyvek to from a sail. The fabric that the sail is made out of is a plastic-like fabric that does not allow air through. This fabric allows the sail to be able to harness more wind. RollerFan helps rollerbladers move with more ease when there is wind. This project could even be adapted for skateboarders too. 


Cheetah Shoes Video!

Oliver Trejo
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E-motion Skirt

Maddie Johnson-Harwitz and Mila Contreras Godfrey
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Maddie Johnson-Harwitz

The E-Motion Skirt provides a fashionable and artistic way to communicate non-verbally. A belt with arm-like appendages is hidden under the skirt to create an artistic form of nonverbal communication. The appendages are attached to the wearer's arms and hands by strings. When the arms raised above the head, the skirt creates a butterfly-like shape with the fabric. On each side of what would be the wings, the red fabric would be revealed. When the skirt is lifted up it conveys love and when it is lifted in front of the user and the joints are moved around, it conveys anger. The movement and colors of a butterflies wings and the way they communicate nonverbally was an important inspiration for the E-Motion Skirt. Another meaningful inspiration for the skirt is a flamenco dancer and the way they use their skirt to communicate emotion and express themselves through movement. Many people in the world cannot communicate verbally, for various reasons, and the E-Motion Skirt could help them feel more confident and integrated into society. Many people who are non-verbal struggle due to their difference and the fact that many others do not care to accommodate them. This skirt would help them communicate their emotions with others and express that they are not invisible. The E-Motion Skirt is also a fashionable piece that wouldn't make the user feel self-conscious. The E-Motion Skirt creates a bridge between people, connecting them through novel forms of communication and opening them up to learning from people different from themselves. The hope is that the E-Motion Skirt will raise awareness of the challenges faced by people who are nonverbal and will inspire people to do more to include them.

Mila A. Contreras Godfrey

There are many people who are unable to communicate verbally and express their emotions well through sign language. Even those who do know sign language may not be able to communicate with those who around them don’t.  The E-motion Skirt allows the users to express their emotion artistically through fashion as an extension of the user. Pieces of wood that have been inserted into the skirt in the front are connected to the arms and allow for the user to create different motions or make different gestures using their forearms and/or wrists. By moving your arms up, down, or to the sides you can move the direction of the added limbs. By pulling the second string you are able to create a bending motion at the joint of the appendage to create signals and other movements. Raising your arms above the users head they will reveal the color red, symbolizing love. If the user bends the “arms” in a fast past it symbolizes anger.  The E-motion Skirt is based on the movements and colors of butterflies. The skirt is also based off of the emotions Flamenco dancers can express using their skirts to exaggerate emotions and feelings. E-motion Skirt combines art and functionality to create a statement that also allows for a new way of communication.

The Lichen Limb

Julian Kennedy and Aviv Hirsch
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Brief - Julian Kennedy

 Poor air quality is a significant global health issue that is not going away. Well over 4 million deaths a year are attributed to outdoor air pollution. The "Lichen Limb" is an air-purifying arm prosthetic that uses lichen to help humans now, and to prepare them to adapt to and mitigate air pollution issues projected for the future. Like all plants, lichen naturally scrubs excess co2 from the air, but unlike most plants, it does not need dirt to survive. This makes it the perfect natural, mobile, co2 scrubber. 

Many similar natural air-purifiers use algae and an air pump to scrub co2. The "Lichen Limb" instead uses lichen because it is lighter, easier to maintain, and does not require electricity to operate. The device is designed with internal air tunnels lined with lichen that scrub away excess co2 as air passes through. The lichen tunnels spiral around a 3D-printed cone-shaped base. The tunnels are spiraled in order to maximize surface area, and two hinged pieces of clear acrylic fit around the base in order to air seal the tunnels. These features improve the efficiency of the co2 scrubbing. The "Lichen Limb" was designed as a prosthetic for practicality and social impact. The device is rather bulky and would be very difficult to attach to someone is fully limbed. Designing it as a prosthetic for below the elbow amputees allows for the necessary size of the device. Along with the goal of air purification, the "Lichen Limb" hopes to empower different limbed peoples and destigmatize disability.

Brief - Hagar Hirsch

The Lichen Limb is a prosthetic arm that hosts lichen that naturally filters toxins and provides clean air for the user. According to The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality, living in Boston for a year one takes in a number of toxins equivalent to living with a smoker for three months. Air pollution levels in Boston, as well as worldwide, are only projected to get worse. In order to combat this lichen is the ideal choice. It acts as a natural, portable, filter as it is both very hardy and also efficient at air filtration.

The prosthesis has been modeled to fit Jul, who is a below the elbow amputee. We spoke to her about creating a comfortable prosthetic and also about what routes we could take to make the prosthetic more useful. In order to create a comfortable attachment, we are using foam padding. All mechanisms have been designed to be operated with one hand. The prosthesis contains a drill-shaped spiral to encourage air flow and to make watering the lichen easier; the outside shell contains a spring-based latch to make the device easy to open. The Lichen Limb seeks to provide a natural and streamlined solution to air pollution as well as approaching prosthesis. The Lichen Limb doesn’t replace the function of a hand. Our project sought to explore how prosthetics could be made that challenge the human form instead of replicating it.

Ascendo-skeleton

Sena Ball and Ben Pratt
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Ben Pratt

1. The exoskeleton hand uses small claw-like spikes to dig deep into turf, allowing the user to pull themselves up towards the top of a wall. 


2. The Ascendo-skeleton recreates the technology that spiders and other insects use to climb. All the user needs to do is to slide their fingers into the wooden rings that hold the spikes and tighten them to the ideal fit. The rings use the technology of pipe clamps, allowing the user to tighten and loosen at will. Once they do this, they can begin climbing. The Ascendo-skeleton's technology can be adapted to create other exoskeletons that allow users to scale any surface, not just turf walls. The Ascendo-skeleton allows mountain climbers to scale grass and moss surfaces that they were never able to climb before. These moss terrains can be found in the Swiss Alps. Usually, hikers have to use the footpath to get around the moss walls, but now they will be able to scale them as they please. 

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Noah's brief

1. A new form of transportation that harnesses air currents to enable rollerbladers to reach higher speeds. This piece of equipment uses air currents to accelerate.

2. The Rollerfan creates a new form of transportation and a competitive activity in which less athletic people are able to compete against more athletic people. Rather than requiring a lot of physical strength, the Rollerfan requires skill and understanding of how the sail's angle affects its wind power. The fan consists of a quarter circle of windproof sail.  Finally, a harness was attached to the sail and wooden planks and strings were added which, when pulled, shifted the direction of the sail. The Rollerfan challenges the idea that transportation requires fuel by using only the power of the wind to move. The Rollerfan offers a safer and better alternative for children to other forms of transportation because it does not reach dangerous speeds and will help keep neighborhoods quieter and more peaceful.


Uliana's brief

RollerFan is a wearable sail that allows the user to move faster on rollerblades.

It's hard to rollerblade fast when it is windy. RollerFan harnesses the wind from any direction to push the user forward. We created this project so that the user could go faster on rollerblades with less effort.  RollerFan is made out of two flat wooden beams, one is facing vertically and another is facing horizontally to make the skeleton of the sail. Sewed onto the beams is a quarter-circle piece of Tyvek to from a sail. The fabric that the sail is made out of is a plastic-like fabric that does not allow air through. This fabric allows the sail to be able to harness more wind. RollerFan helps rollerbladers move with more ease when there is wind. This project could even be adapted for skateboarders too. 

Brief

Uliana Dukach

RollerFan is a sail-like an object that allows the user to move faster on rollerblades.

While rollerblading its hard to go faster in the wind so we created this sail that can catch the wind from a certain direction and use it to push you forward. We created this project so that the user could go faster on rollerblades with less effort required. We did this by having two different flat poles that hold up a quarter circle sail. We sowed the sail onto the poles so that it would all be one piece. In our project, we used wood and a windproof plastic-like fabric. We used this fabric so that more wind would be able to push on the sail. People who would use this would be people who ride on rollerblades and are annoyed of having to fight the wind each time they ride, and maybe even skateboarders.

Cheetah Shoes!

Oliver Trejo and pierre Belizaire
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Oliver Trejo's Brief:

Throughout history, people have yearned for speed. The Cheetah Shoes are designed to allow people to run faster. Its medium sized leaf springs allow the user to run more efficiently. The Cheetah Shoes are made up of layered foam and wood in the shape of a ‘J’, which allows for compression and energy return. Each spring attaches to laser cut holders into which the wearer inserts their lower legs and their feet to use the shoes. The leg chasse keeps the user's ankles from twisting and getting injured. In the past few years, more and more Paralympic runners have been able to compete in the Olympics thanks in part to their prosthetics. The most common of these prosthetics is fashioned in the shape of a leaf spring. However, these are too large and unwieldy to attach to a shoe for non-limb-different people. The original prosthetics are able to reduce energy loss by around 10%, making high speeds more easily attainable. The compression of the springs also works as a shock absorber, protecting the ankles and knees. The shoes can both improve the user’s attainable speeds and the user’s resilience to injury.

The design uses multiple laser cut pieces and hand cut pieces. Most of it can be replicated simply from the laser cut materials while the only truly hand-cut piece is the laminated foam. This forms the base of the cheetah blade. It provides the compression and the rebound which is the most important part of the spring as it gives the shoes their springy properties. The foam is caged by two pieces of thick plywood to keep everything centered. These wooden pieces also provide more strength so the shoes can take more use. Runners will use the Cheetah Shoes to sprint short distances, run long marathons, and improve their overall physical abilities. The Cheetah Shoes are tools that runners all over the world can use to perform better in their sport.


Zach Belizaire's Brief: 

Who hasn't wanted to run faster and improve there running performance like Olympian Usain Bolt or the superhero Flash in for comic books? , If so, these Cheetah shoes are designed for them. The shoes help to improve a person's running performance, giving them an advantage over other runners.  

.The design mechanisms inside the shoes are smaller, stronger compared to (Jumping Stilts). It’s secured and firmly strapped on the runner's calves and ankles. The shoes do not look bulky; they look sleek and stylish like an everyday sneaker. As they walk, energy, that is released as you walk or run forward. The faster you run, the more power and energy are released. Amputees who owned the cheetah legs said at the legs don't make them faster But the leg makes walking normal. with the cheetah running shoes But for Able-bodied person the added legs make them walk 2x faster.

The Cheetah shoes are made with high-quality parts at a cheaper cost, making it] affordable Than Jumping Stilts and accessible to anyone who desires to run faster. Overall [be more specific, perhaps: Most importantly], the Cheetah shoes feel comfortable and easy to walk and run with.  You'll feel like you've increased strength and endurance to keep them going. 

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THE PRESENTATION POST

This post's privacy is set to Everyone. This post showcases your final design by telling the comprehensive story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested. The arc of the story should encompass the, How of your project in a compelling narrative. It showcases your design process including your brainstorming, each of your iterations, and your final prototype. It allows the viewer to delve deeply into your process.

  • Every Slide should have a Title and Caption.
    The body of this post is The Brief. You should include a version of the Brief for each collaborator in the project.
  • This post will be used in your review presentation at the end of the session.

You are encouraged to make your narrative as compelling as possible. All of the content below should be included, but if you would like to rearrange the material in order to tell your story differently, work with your coach.


INTRODUCTION PORTION

Your presentation is a narrative, and the introduction sets up the scene for that story. Here you introduce the project, say why it is important, and summarize what you did.

TITLE WITH TAGLINE: This slides shows a crisp, clear final image and the title of your project. with a pithy blurb describing the project. The image, name, and tagline should draw a viewer in. 

Examples:

  • The Fruit - A line following, light tracking robot
  • Segmented Vehicle - A vehicle that conforms to the landscape
  • Cacoon - Wearable sculpture exploring the concept of transformation and death

EVOCATIVE  IMAGE: This is a single image that shows a clear image that evokes the soul of your project. This image helps set up the why in a compelling way, sets the stage for your narrative, and will help frame the entire presentation. The caption of this slide (set with the Edit Captions button when editing your post) should discuss the context of your project. No Text on the slide.

THESIS STATEMENT: This is a TEXT ONLY slide for which briefly describes the Soul and Body of your project. You can use the project description from your Brief or write something new. This statement ties together your narrative.

Examples:

  • The Cocoon:  A wearable sculpture that explores the concept of transformations and death. The Cocoon explores the spiritual journey beyond the human experience; what it means to be human, how wonder effects us, and the concept of what happens after death.
  • Body Accordion: A musical prosthetic that translates the wearer’s body movements into a dynamic multimedia performance. The Body Accordion converts flex sensor input to sound through Arduino, MaxMSP, and Ableton Live. 
  • Seed to Soup Animation: A whimsical animation about the slow food movement. Seed to Soup showcases a holistic method of cooking. From garden, to kitchen, to dinner table.
  • Antlers: A wearable sculpture inspired by antlers found in the deer and antelope family. "Antlers" explores the comparison between armor and attraction. 

PROCESS PORTION

The Process Portion of your presentation tells the story of how you iteratively developed your project. Somewhere in that story you should include conceptual and technical precedents that guided you at each stage as well as brainstorming and process sketches and clear photo booth imagery for 3-4 stages of your process.

This portion is made up of three types of slides repeated 3-4 times. Each iteration in your process should include:

  • PRECEDENTS:  Precedents are any projects that inspired you creatively or gave you technical guidance. These can include conceptual precedents and technical precedents. No Text.
  • SKETCHES/SKETCH CONCEPT DIAGRAMS: These slides show your generative ideas in sketch form. These should clean, clear drawings. A sketch should show a clear idea. Do not simply scan a messy sketchbook page and expect that people will understand. If you do not have a clear concept or working sketches it is fine to make them after the fact. No Text.
  • PROTOTYPE IMAGES:  These are actual images of the prototypes  you documented in your daily posts. These images illustrate your design decisions and how your project changed at each step. No Text.

FINAL PORTION

The Final stage of your presentation is the resolution of your narrative and shows your completed work. The use diagram shows how your project works and the construction diagram shows how it is assembled. Final photos show the project both in action and at rest. The imagery captures your final built design.

USE DIAGRAM: A diagram showing some aspect of the functionality. These can include:

  • How one uses or interacts with the project
  • The overall behavior of the project over time
  • For a complex interactive project, this can be a clear diagram of the software behavior

MECHANICAL DIAGRAM:  A diagram offering insight on how the project is put together and functions technically.

  • Ideally, this will be an exploded axonometric
  • At minimum this can be a labeled disassembled photo  

ELECTRONICS or OTHER DIAGRAM: Additional diagrams showing some important aspect of your design. 

IMAGERY: The last slides should have an images of the final project. These images should be taken in the photo booth, cropped, and adjusted for contrast, brightness, etc. Images should include:

  • An image of the project in use (taken in the booth or at large). This should include a human interacting with the project.
  • Images of project alone. Include at least one overall image and one detail image.
  • You can also use an image In-Use. 
  • Consider using a GIF to show how the project works. 

 

Portfolio & Presentation Posts Fall18

Andrew Todd Marcus
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Your portfolio tab is the part of your project viewable to the world. This is where you will present your work to your coaches and peers for your studio review presentation. This is also what family, friends, colleges, the media, and everyone outside of NuVu will see. It is the record of your work and must stand alone, telling a compelling story of your project.

Portfolio pages have 2-3 posts in this order:

  1. The Presentation Post: This post's privacy is set to Everyone. This post showcases your final design by telling the comprehensive story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested. The arc of the story should encompass the, How of your project in a compelling narrative. It showcases your design process including your brainstorming, each of your iterations, and your final prototype. It allows the viewer to delve deeply into your process.
    • Every Slide should have a Title and Caption.
      The body of this post is The Brief. You should include a version of the Brief for each collaborator in the project.
    • This post will be used in your review presentation at the end of the session.
  2. Optional Video: This post's privacy is set to Everyone. A video showing the interactive functionality of your project. The title of this post will be Video.
  3. Presentation Script: This post's privacy is set to School. Each group will post their script for there presentation. This post will be used to prepare for and practice your presentation. This post should be titled "Presentation Script" and should not be made public. Alternatively, 

 

After reading this post and completing your Portfolio Tab, you must make sure you have done the following: