Open Innovation Spring 2017

  • A wearable origami tank top, for professional dancer Chris to feel "in tune" with the Earth while he dances for Heidi Latsky's company. 

    When initially meeting with all of Heidi  Latsky's dancers in the piece called, On Display, we immediately noticed all the inspirational stories and backgrounds that every single dancer had. When meeting with our dancer, Chris, when asked if he had any superpower in the world what would it be? He responded with the weather. When he asked him why, he said because he wanted to be "in tune" with the Earth, and dancing makes him feel that way. This was the inspiration for our "vibration" vest. Chris said one of his favorite features was his chest, and he also really loves angular cutouts. Our group decided to make a tank top with cut outs, that included laser cut mesh pieces in every cutout. On the front in order for Chris to feel "in tune" with the Earth, we did an origami fold that expands and contracts as Chris dances. 

    We made the undergarment and mesh piece out of latex like spandex material which we laser cut for clean lines. We then sewed those two pieces together to make it one. We made the origami out of thick cotton material and paper in order for it to keep its shape. We then attached each origami piece onto the front of the garment creating this beautiful piece. Chris will be wearing this In Tune Vest in New York for his sculpture garden performance with Heidi Latsky's company. 

  • A casting device that attaches to a wheelchair and helps people with low motor skills to cast again.

    We created a device that will help people fish again, this device will attach to a wheel chair and with simple motions will allow people to cast. The main consumer of our product will be people who loved to fish and for medical reasons cant do it any more. One of the things most disable people want to do, is to become as autonomous as they can get, and with this project we are trying to make fishing a activity they can do by them selves.

    To make this project possible we design a compact model/base that we later on laser cut our of wood, this piece will essentially have an elevated structure on the far ends with a whole in the top where we glued a ball bearing, trough that bearing an aluminum rod will spin, after that we 3D printed a piece that has space for the aluminum rod to go thought and set screw holes to fix it in to rod, and on the Y axis we have a cylindrical piece that holds the fishing rod. on each side of the joint piece we have a piece that also has space for the rod to go trough but this time they have an other rod that goes up and attaches to a piece that releases the line when we need to, and on the other side those pieces have springs to be able to push that button that releases the line and also to push the rod and make the casting motion, for this project we mainly used 3D printed parts and laser cut pieces.

  • Our project is a mobile prosthetic that stimulates contralateral movement in the arms, training the forearms to mimic the natural human gait. 

    The Armomat is a portable prosthetic which forces one arm to move back when the other is pushed forward, and vice versa. We created this project for a person named Joe, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was 18 years old, and has very little control over his right arm. He told us that he had trouble maintaining his balance when walking due to the fact that his left arm does not perform the natural human gait.  Because he cannot control it, Joe has to hold his weak arm with the arm he has control over, and we wanted to create something that would assist him. After two very work intensive weeks, my partner and I created several different iterations of methods that would help Joe walk normally, and after encountering countless issues, we created the Armomat.

  • The book my partner and I have created is a short, rhyming story that uses lyrical writing and colorful, sharp images to present a confusing and uncomfortable topic to kids in a way that is easier to analyze. Children can often be some of the most open-minded individuals out there, which is why it is so important that they start to explore challenging topics at a young age. By exposing young children to such things early on, we are saving them a lot of confusion later on and paving the way for them to start forming their own ideas and opinions. We wanted to create a story in which a child could question the actions of the characters, and by beginning to question, want to explore and learn more. After the story was written and formatted, the images were planned out by page and painted with acrylics. The images were then photographed and brought into Photoshop so the colors could be altered to match a common palette.

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