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  • Accelerometers are specialized sensors that can measure its own rotation relative to gravity. They output the rotation data in analog form which allows for Arduinos to read it using analog input pins.

    void setup() {
      Serial.begin(9600);
    }
    
    void loop() {
      int xVal = analogRead(A0);
      int yVal = analogRead(A1);
      int zVal = analogRead(A2);
    
      Serial.println(xVal);
      Serial.println(yVal);
      Serial.println(zVal);
      Serial.println();
    
      delay(300);
    }
  • Samantha's Brief:

    A wearable rotating piece capturing the themes of self-identity and culture. 

    The project captured the work of Marka27 and specifically his mural called Queendom. Most of his work relates to cultural expression. His work also captures the clear divide between someone's internal cultural identity and what they choose to show to the world. Meet The Queen is a wearable designed to capture both aspects of identity and make the act of opening up in the control of the wearer. Marka27 also uses geometric shapes to frame the subject of his art. 

    Two rotating triangular pieces of wood serve as frames, inside of which bioplastic material is collaged with fabrics, colors, animal prints, and other design elements abstracted from the mural. The triangular frames are attached to a rotating bolt on a sturdy belt. When the pieces are in the upward position, the model's face is mostly covered, representing privacy and self-reflection. When the triangles are moved to the outward pointing position, they frame the upper half of the model's body just like in the mural. The final position, in which the triangles are pointing downward to create a skirt, is for when the wearer is confident and ready to show their whole self. The goal of this project is for anyone who wants to witness or demonstrate different sides of their culture and identity. Included in Queendom are aspects of the woman's African-American culture such as animal prints. These aspects are also included inside the bioplastic triangles placed to show her hiding some of these parts of herself.

  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled with The Name of Your Project with all of the slides.
    • You should have (1) post of a video of your project in action. Chances are people wont be able to see your work from and we can project a video of your project working.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. Images should be uploaded directly. Make sure that the images aren't pixelated! NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!


    1st Post : Title this post the Name of Your Project

    Absolutely no more than 9 Slides!

    1 Title/Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Example:
    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
     
    1-2  Precedent Slides
    • One slide to show conceptual idea. 
    • One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.
     

    1 Concept Sketch. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny changes.

    2-3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project (these should be taken in the photo booth).

    Text:

    The text of your post should have a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifest.

    The text should include the following 2 items:

    1. A 1-2 sentence project description. 
    2. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below.. The primary purpose of the text is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The text of your post is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

    Things to think about:

    • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution.
    • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise?
    • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.

    Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

    Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.     

    Our previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. As we sought to expand our children’s health menagerie, we thought about making a different stuffed animal to help kids in hospitals. We quickly realized that the pain charts that patients used to express their pain could be made more interactive and easier for a child to use. We read that playing with stuffed animals can take the children’s mind off the pain so we created an additional “Fun” mode to distraction from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. It is our hope that Penelope will help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers. We anticipate that Penelope and the EmOwl will soon have many more friends to help improve healthcare for kids.


    2nd Post: Video

    Upload a short video showing your project in action. Do not count on your project working as you expect during the presentation.

  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled with The Name of Your Project with all of the slides.
    • You should have (1) post of a video of your project in action. Chances are people wont be able to see your work from and we can project a video of your project working.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. Images should be uploaded directly. Make sure that the images aren't pixelated! NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!


    1st Post : Title this post the Name of Your Project

    Absolutely no more than 9 Slides!

    1 Title/Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Example:
    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
     
    1-2  Precedent Slides
    • One slide to show conceptual idea. 
    • One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.
     

    1 Concept Sketch. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny changes.

    2-3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project (these should be taken in the photo booth).

    Text:

    The text of your post should have a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifest.

    The text should include the following 2 items:

    1. A 1-2 sentence project description. 
    2. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below.. The primary purpose of the text is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The text of your post is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

    Things to think about:

    • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution.
    • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise?
    • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.

    Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

    Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.     

    Our previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. As we sought to expand our children’s health menagerie, we thought about making a different stuffed animal to help kids in hospitals. We quickly realized that the pain charts that patients used to express their pain could be made more interactive and easier for a child to use. We read that playing with stuffed animals can take the children’s mind off the pain so we created an additional “Fun” mode to distraction from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. It is our hope that Penelope will help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers. We anticipate that Penelope and the EmOwl will soon have many more friends to help improve healthcare for kids.


    2nd Post: Video

    Upload a short video showing your project in action. Do not count on your project working as you expect during the presentation.

  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled with The Name of Your Project with all of the slides.
    • You should have (1) post of a video of your project in action. Chances are people wont be able to see your work from and we can project a video of your project working.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. Images should be uploaded directly. Make sure that the images aren't pixelated! NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!


    1st Post : Title this post the Name of Your Project

    Absolutely no more than 9 Slides!

    1 Title/Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Example:
    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
     
    1-2  Precedent Slides
    • One slide to show conceptual idea. 
    • One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.
     

    1 Concept Sketch. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny changes.

    2-3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project (these should be taken in the photo booth).

    Text:

    The text of your post should have a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifest.

    The text should include the following 2 items:

    1. A 1-2 sentence project description. 
    2. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below.. The primary purpose of the text is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The text of your post is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

    Things to think about:

    • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution.
    • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise?
    • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.

    Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

    Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.     

    Our previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. As we sought to expand our children’s health menagerie, we thought about making a different stuffed animal to help kids in hospitals. We quickly realized that the pain charts that patients used to express their pain could be made more interactive and easier for a child to use. We read that playing with stuffed animals can take the children’s mind off the pain so we created an additional “Fun” mode to distraction from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. It is our hope that Penelope will help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers. We anticipate that Penelope and the EmOwl will soon have many more friends to help improve healthcare for kids.


    2nd Post: Video

    Upload a short video showing your project in action. Do not count on your project working as you expect during the presentation.


  • A collection of three exhibitions showcasing wearables custom-designed for three individuals, in order to provide viewers with perspective as they become immersed in the personalities of people with disabilities.

    This exhibition aims to improve accessibility for and inclusiveness of people with a range of disabilities by providing enabled people with perspective and understanding surrounding disability. The wearables exhibited were designed for three dancers, Krishna, who is blind, Tiffany, who has Jarcho-Levin Syndrome, and Jerron, who has cerebral palsy that affects the left side of his body. The exhibits for these wearables do not directly state their conditions, which gives each one a more mysterious, unique feel. Krishna's wearable is shield because she always wanted to shield and protect people, especially to help them feel comfortable when stepping outside of their comfort zone. Tiffany's is called the sunrise because she has a big, bright personality despite being very short because of her condition. Jerron's wearable is called the Spatial Expander because he always felt like he was put into a "box" by society because he is disabled. He wants to show people that he is capable of doing more than they think he can.

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  • What if it were possible to engage in the secret communication of animals? Listen to the trees or play in tune with insects? The natural world around us is always humming, stirring and moving in a sensory soundscape that we normally miss in our daily activities. Technological advancements in bionic devices, prosthetics, and electronic sensory input and actuation have allowed artist and scientist alike to explore decoding the sounds from nature to enhance our understanding and connection to their world. McGill University researchers Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick created 3D-printed prosthetic digital instruments which transform movement into music. Kate Reed, a NuVu alum and college student at the Brown/RISD joint program created two projects, one that uses the body as an accordion and a second that uses body prostheses as a way of investigating emotional states. Imagine that you can turn your body into a harp, changing pitch as you move, or use conductive fabric to create a drum machine on your pants. In this studio, students will explore the relationship between music and movement with augmented body extensions. We will compose echos, release vibrations and translate natural forces into musical tones throughout our body.

    Students will develop their skills in digital design (computer aided drafting, 3D modeling), rapid prototyping tools (laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC milling), micro electronics (Arduino), music engineering and body attachment techniques to create wearable devices that bring us into harmony with nature.

    REGISTER HERE!

    Focus Skills/Subjects/Technologies:

       Industrial Design

         Interaction Design

       Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)

       Electronics

       Programming

       Robotics (Arduino)

       Sketching

       3d Modeling

    Prerequisites:

    • Enrolling students must be between the ages of 11 to 13 (or grades 6-8)

    REGISTER HERE!

  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled with The Name of Your Project with all of the slides.
    • You should have (1) post of a video of your project in action. Chances are people wont be able to see your work from and we can project a video of your project working.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. Images should be uploaded directly. Make sure that the images aren't pixelated! NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!


    1st Post : Title this post the Name of Your Project

    Absolutely no more than 9 Slides!

    1 Title/Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Example:
    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
     
    1-2  Precedent Slides
    • One slide to show conceptual idea. 
    • One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.
     

    1 Concept Sketch. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny changes.

    2-3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project (these should be taken in the photo booth).

    Text:

    The text of your post should have a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifest.

    The text should include the following 2 items:

    1. A 1-2 sentence project description. 
    2. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below.. The primary purpose of the text is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The text of your post is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

    Things to think about:

    • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution.
    • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise?
    • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.

    Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

    Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.     

    Our previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. As we sought to expand our children’s health menagerie, we thought about making a different stuffed animal to help kids in hospitals. We quickly realized that the pain charts that patients used to express their pain could be made more interactive and easier for a child to use. We read that playing with stuffed animals can take the children’s mind off the pain so we created an additional “Fun” mode to distraction from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. It is our hope that Penelope will help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers. We anticipate that Penelope and the EmOwl will soon have many more friends to help improve healthcare for kids.


    2nd Post: Video

    Upload a short video showing your project in action. Do not count on your project working as you expect during the presentation.

  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled with The Name of Your Project with all of the slides.
    • You should have (1) post of a video of your project in action. Chances are people wont be able to see your work from and we can project a video of your project working.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. Images should be uploaded directly. Make sure that the images aren't pixelated! NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!


    1st Post : Title this post the Name of Your Project

    Absolutely no more than 9 Slides!

    1 Title/Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Example:
    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
     
    1-2  Precedent Slides
    • One slide to show conceptual idea. 
    • One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.
     

    1 Concept Sketch. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny changes.

    2-3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project (these should be taken in the photo booth).

    Text:

    The text of your post should have a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifest.

    The text should include the following 2 items:

    1. A 1-2 sentence project description. 
    2. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below.. The primary purpose of the text is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The text of your post is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

    Things to think about:

    • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution.
    • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise?
    • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.

    Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

    Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.     

    Our previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. As we sought to expand our children’s health menagerie, we thought about making a different stuffed animal to help kids in hospitals. We quickly realized that the pain charts that patients used to express their pain could be made more interactive and easier for a child to use. We read that playing with stuffed animals can take the children’s mind off the pain so we created an additional “Fun” mode to distraction from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. It is our hope that Penelope will help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers. We anticipate that Penelope and the EmOwl will soon have many more friends to help improve healthcare for kids.


    2nd Post: Video

    Upload a short video showing your project in action. Do not count on your project working as you expect during the presentation.

  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled with The Name of Your Project with all of the slides.
    • You should have (1) post of a video of your project in action. Chances are people wont be able to see your work from and we can project a video of your project working.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. Images should be uploaded directly. Make sure that the images aren't pixelated! NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!


    1st Post : Title this post the Name of Your Project

    Absolutely no more than 9 Slides!

    1 Title/Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Example:
    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
     
    1-2  Precedent Slides
    • One slide to show conceptual idea. 
    • One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.
     

    1 Concept Sketch. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny changes.

    2-3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project (these should be taken in the photo booth).

    Text:

    The text of your post should have a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifest.

    The text should include the following 2 items:

    1. A 1-2 sentence project description. 
    2. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below.. The primary purpose of the text is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The text of your post is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

    Things to think about:

    • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution.
    • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise?
    • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.

    Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

    Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.     

    Our previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. As we sought to expand our children’s health menagerie, we thought about making a different stuffed animal to help kids in hospitals. We quickly realized that the pain charts that patients used to express their pain could be made more interactive and easier for a child to use. We read that playing with stuffed animals can take the children’s mind off the pain so we created an additional “Fun” mode to distraction from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. It is our hope that Penelope will help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers. We anticipate that Penelope and the EmOwl will soon have many more friends to help improve healthcare for kids.


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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.

  • We created a corset that acts like an accordion. The corset has two belts, one at the waist and one above the bust. In between these two belts are eight arms. The arms are an organic rib-like shape that is laser cut out of plywood. Each arm is made of two pieces, which are connected together using a screw and a lock nut. We had to use lock nuts because normal nuts would fall off with the amount of usage of the arms. The arms connect to a 3D printed hinge that connects to the belt. The hinge allows the arms to move and be stable to the belt at the same time.

    There are two flex sensors on the corset, one in the front and one on the side. They are positioned at the bottom of the arms and sense when you are bending forward or sideways. The flex sensors give a number based on how bent they are. That number gets sent to the computer and into a program called Max MSP. We programmed Max to change the pitch based on how bent the flex sensor is.