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  • Yury Gitman 9:59 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Making Toys – For April 9th 

    Make and Post 7 Prototypes for your concept(s).

    2-3 Role Specific Protos

    2-3 Detailed Look and Feel Protos

    2-3 Implementation Protos

    –ALSO post your Venn Diagrams into your First Prototypes Post.

  • Caitlin Morris 9:30 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: WirelessToys2012   

    Liza + Caitlin : Venn Diagram 


  • Caitlin Morris 6:35 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Liza + Caitlin : Hula Hoop 


    ICEBREAKERS by hannah perner wilson

    SWING ON SUBWAY by caroline woolard






  • minho 5:35 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    1) Physical game

    2) Physical game + Video game(Processing)

    R2D2 Voice- Controlled Interactive Droid


    –  Card board casing, light weight,  will not bother motors

    hamster ball runner

    • the rolling egg
  • Joe Volpe 5:23 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Final: prototypes 

    As of now my project is named “trick tracker”. It will be a device that tracks height and rotation for bmx riders. Some day I hope this device will be developed further to track an extensive library of bmx tricks.

    Look and Feel Prototype:

    This device will be mounted on the down tupe on any bmx frame. This is the ideal placement due to it being the point of least contact during riding and other bmx tricks.

    The electronics for the device will be imbedded into this foam pad that will be wrapped in decorative fabric. Not only is the padding practical but, the padding holds a nostalgic feeling to most riders and will be a retro throw back reference to the younger days of freestyle bmx of the early 1980’s.

    This second look and feel is strictly functional. This light weight plastic or rubber housing will contain all of the electrons and will aim to use the least amount of mounting space as possible. There is still room to play with color here but this design aims to remove itself practically and visual from the bike.

    This is an example photo of a previously used bike mount for a cell phone camera, my model would ideally be similar.

    Role Prototype:

    In the role involving the average consumer, I imagine this product being used as a way to document tricks and rider progression and sharing it on line.

    2. I also can see a role being used in conjunction with a video camera app or camera app on smart phones to aid this documentation, sharing, and user experience.

    My last predicted role, this product could be used during televised competitions to create athletic statistics. A rider’s average speed, height, and rotation could be documented and displayed in a news ticker during the competition.

    Implementation Prototype:

    1. I imagine that this could be built as a smart phone app, as smart phones do possess most of the necessary hardware to achieve this. I am just concerned about physical placement of the phone on the bike or the body of the rider, and types on phones varying in too much of a degree for it to be widely accepted.

    2. My second implementation involves actually building the electronics using arduino. I would like the arduino to transmit the athletic statistics to a smart via blue tooth.
    I have already begun to test out a variety of sensors for this project. The height from the ground information will be gathered using an ultrasonic range finder, and rotation will use a combination of accelerometers, composes, and gyros. All of this will need to by gyroscopically mounted to the down tupe the bike frame.

    3. Implementation three involves building a motion tracking suit. By using a camera in conjunction with a variety of motion tracking points on the bike and rider, one could eventually write computer vision software that tracked tricks. This is the most elaborate and complex theoretical implementation.


    Sports Bio Engineering PhD student Tristan McNab plans on developing iphone software to track athletic information during track and field sports .

    also here is a link to an array of athletic uses for various sensors http://wockets.wikispaces.com/WirelessMonitors

    Chaotic Moon Labs’ “Board of Awesomeness” is intended as a technology teaser to show how perceptive computing can turn around the way we look at user experiences. The project utilizes a Microsoft Kinect device, Samsung Windows 8 tablet, a motorized longboard, and some standard and custom hardware to create a longboard that watches the user to determine what to do rather than have the operator use a wired or wireless controller. The project uses video recognition, speech recognition, localization data, accelerometer data, and other factors to determine what the user wants to do and allows the board to follow the operators commands without additional aid.


  • KB 3:31 pm on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    10 prototypes 

    Domain Map

    Implementation – Examples of Prior Work 

    Iron Man Motion Detector Movement Snoop Alarm Detect

    This toy is similar to the idea I have but its altered slightly differently because it deals with motion detection from one end only.

     Hide and Seek Safari – Monkey 
    This toy is similar to the toy that I  would like to make but I would like the object to react not the detector.
     Hide and Seek Safari – Monkey  Jr. 
    This jr edition is more along the lines of what I would like to make because it is soft and I feel that children would react more positively to it.
    Caterpillar Butterfly puppet 
    Is a 2 in 1 puppet and I think that my egg could also be a 2 in 1 toy.
    Look & feel 
    Easter color pallet
    I would like to use this fuzzy material for the inside of the egg and for the outside I would like to use the fabric the Yuri provided
    After weight testing this week I decided that 1/2 is a great weight for the egg and detector.
       The first role I envision my toy in is during an easter egg hunt. This would allow a younger child an easy opportunity to find the egg.
    B. )
       The second role I envision my toy in is during a scavenger hunt. This could be used as group activity during a birthday party or other event involving children.
    C. )
       The final role I envision my toy in would be an education setting. Because the toy will be a 2 in 1 puppet it can have the ability to display to children how an egg hatches.
  • theliztaylor 6:01 am on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Final Prototypes – Liz Taylor 

    First, here is my venn diagram of domain interest. My domains are: Interaction through motion, Contemporary Art, Behavior of Litters, and Communication through Audio

    Here are my examples of prior art:


    Introducing Suwappu! from mcgarrybowen london on Vimeo.

    (More …)

  • kasiawitek 1:39 am on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    IS ANYBODY ELSE HAVING A FRUSTRATING TIME WITH ARRANGING PHOTOS/GALLERIES/TEXT ON THIS BLOG??? sorry, very frustrated. Wasted 2 hrs going back and forth trying to fix the alignment of text and photos. I do not need to be spending useless time on this…Just someone tell me “IT’S ME” not the blog.

  • kasiawitek 12:38 am on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “Feeling Presence” PROTOTYPES 


    KISSINGER: transmitting a kiss over a distance.

    HERE AND THERE: Emotional communications tool for families that are separated by long distances.

    KUMA: A TEDDY BEAR PHONE: To use it, you need to pick the teddy bear up and put it’s snout near to your ear as if it is whispering to you.

    FOR SOMETHING STRAIGHT UP CREEPY: ROBOT GIRLFRIEND : for lonely men. HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE. I don’t care how lonely you are.

    Using her infrared sensors and battery power, the diminutive damsel named “EMA” puckers up for nearby human heads, entering what designers call its “love mode.”

    She’s very lovable and though she’s not a human, she can act like a real girlfriend.”















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