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Memory Collar -- Visual Lullaby/ Multi- Purpose Jacket

IPP - Fall 2015 | Projects

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • On Friday we began the day deciding who was going to do what on the project. Calder's main focus will be the LEDS, Sammi's will be the speakers, and mine will be sewing and helping with the LEDS and speakers. I sewed the sleeves onto the top and cut the front layer in half to make it into a jacket. I took the edges and folded them in half to make the jacket look more finished. David showed us as a group the GPS that we would be implementing into the jacket and gave us some background on how they worked. He showed us how a microphone works and how to know which one would have the best sound quality. We decided that the best product would be a microphone that would connect to a recording device. David also told us about digi-keys and McMaster so we began using these sites to look for things like buttons and LEDS. Hopefully on Monday I can remake the jacket and get the measurements a lot better.

  • Today we began the day deciding on our IPP. I chose to work on the Visual Lullaby/ Multi-purpose jacket and I'm very excited. For this project I'm working with Calder and Sammi and I've worked with both of them in the past and I feel we will get lots of great work done. We felt that the Visual Lullaby and the Multi-purpose were really strong projects on their own, so combining them would make them even better. We began the day examining the two projects and seeing how we could combine them. We began brainstorming and focusing on who the project was for and what changes that we would need to make. We listed out the components and broke up the work so that everyone had a job. We felt that making the jacket would make it more personal so we watched a video on YouTube on how to make a bomber jacket. I'm very excited about the project and can't wait to see the final product.

  • 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.