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My friends and I wanted to construct a light, simple yet sturdy table that can be made with little material and does not require glue for assembly. The table's legs are made of pine, its top is birch plywood, and the whole is held together by pressure-fit joints that are left exposed to create visual interest. view more
In many schools there's a tradition of racing mousetrap cars. A mousetrap car, as you might imagine, is a small vehicle that is powered exclusively by the motive power of a mousetrap. Some race for distance others go for speed. Most people make their own mousetrap cars but ready made kits are also available. Current mousetrap car designs often require people to permanently glue or attach their mousetrap to the vehicle. I did not want this because mousetraps tend to break or loose their springiness; a worn out mousetrap will be less effective in powering your car, so being able to replace them is nice. Some kits do let you replace the mousetrap but the ones I found were too bulky. I wanted to design a car that not only weighs little but also looks light. For this reason the entire chassis is made of aluminum, the axles are brass, and the wheels are polystyrene plastic. The design of the car allows for the mousetrap to be easily replaced without sacrificing speed or distance. view more
PainTrackr is an open-source app, available for free on the App Store, that monitors physical pain. It logs pain based on severity and location and stores this data so that it can be easily transmitted. (Programming by Dhaval Karwa, work conducted during internship at Involution Studios under the supervision of Juhan Sonin.) view more
Experimenting with one's hands produces a different kind of knowledge than that which can be acquired through books. Theoretical knowledge is invaluable to the mind, but only practical hands-on learning can attune our senses. For this project I wanted to familiarize myself with two common metals: tin and aluminum. I decided to pursue two separate studies for each metal. In these studies I wanted to get a better feel for the material properties of each metal and ultimately come up with an original form or mechanism that could be mass-produced if needed. view more
Maps show us how to navigate from point A to point B but fall short in telling us how to enjoy the path between these two points. I wanted to create a map that not only describes how to arrive at a destination, but that also helps us perceive the unique aspects that surround our journey. This map recounts a one hour walk I had between two different locations in Providence, Rhode Island. Without using text, I tried to formulate directions in a new and original way based on the unusual things that caught my eye such as the inclination of a hill, or a tomato vine growing out of a sidewalk. view more
Sponges are great! But I never know where to put the darn thing after I'm done using it. A sponge on a flat surface is no good because water remains trapped inside; as a result, the sponge remains moist. Over time it can look yucky, smell funky, and possibly harbor bad germs; for this reason, I decided to create a sponge that can be secured around faucets, keeping your counter tidy and your sponge clean. view more
Some music is intended to be heard consecutively. Today we use computers and mp3 players to control our music so we generally no longer listen to an entire album or CD. Instead, we click trough our playlists as our mood sways. In a way, the freedom to change tracks at any given time becomes distracting. We loose focus of what we're listening by thinking of what next song we should play. I wanted to create a small, compact CD player striped of complicated functions and cumbersome multi-disc trays that plays music in the order the musician intended. Like vinyl players, it also features a clear acrylic lid that allows listeners to admire the spin and artwork of the disc. view more
I have always been intrigued by letter forms. These little squiggles that follow us everyday come in all shapes and sizes but always maintain the same underlying structure; I was intrigued by this. Why is the letter "a" the way it is? Is it because it has a little belly with a curve on its top? And if its stomach were flattened and its upper curve shortened, would I still be able to distinguish him? For this project I wanted to investigate how we perceive letters. I decided that gradually morphing letters into one another would be a fun and interesting way of analyzing this. I was especially curious to see if new shapes or letters would emerge between transitions. The glyphs were computer generated and compiled to create an animation of the word "reshape". A 3D model was also assembled to record the 2D animation in space. In the future a more extensive study could be conducted analyzing all possible transitions and the shapes that lie therein.
A chair constructed out of 1mm thick aluminum sheet metal. It is made of 15 parts, which are carefully cut, bent, and fastened together using rivets. Since the chair is made of aluminum, it only weighs 1.5kg (3.3lbs) and can easily be lifted with one hand.
Most things that surround us are assembled out of different materials. Plastics, metals, woods, are all combined to create the objects we live with. Even the furniture, and chairs we use are probably made in this way. This is done mainly to achieve savings. There is however something beautiful in seeing an object fulfill its function on its own without the aid of a foreign material. Things that are manufactured using a single material are also more sustainable and easier to recycle because they do not need to be disassembled. I wanted to create a wooden chair that uses no nails or screws for assembly, instead it is entirely held together by mortise and tenon joints and a bit of glue.