CASE STUDIES IN RAPID PROTOTYPING
Flywheel Sports is a chain of tech-enabled spin bike studios in 17 regions worldwide. Each bike has a tech pack onboard featuring performance sensors, an easily readable emissive display so each user knows their score and settings, and networking capabilities to bring them all together. Collectively these bikes report their rider's data to an in-class scoreboard and to each rider's personal account in the cloud to chart their improvement over time.
Development time: 3 months
Technologies: Electronics, sensor development, short-run rapid manufacturing, CAD/ID, injection molding, desktop software, network architecture
The Sound Herd is a set of prototype toys focused on ludic engagement, interactivity, and informative physical design. Employing a novel communication method involving sound conduction and Wi-Fi, the birds present sophisticated engineering in an elegantly designed body. Four data-syncing objects with new protocols and custom housing were rapidly developed, tested, and implemented in the span of two weeks.
Development time: 2 weeks
Technologies: Electronics, custom silicone molding, 3D printed plastic, acoustic sensing, novel communication protocol
Story Machine is a market research experiment for physical social activation, aka the cheapest lovely photobooth. All research should be driven by questions, and the driving question for the Story Machine was, "Will people generate valuable, ongoing social content for a business?" We designed and built a "quick 'n dirty" prototype housing, wrote and Android app, and had it installed within a week. The eye-catching red body and animated "please press me" action button drew people in quickly, while the satisfying tactility and inviting chin shape encouraged people to use it again and again.
Development time: 1 week
Technologies Embedded electronics, mobile app, Android OS hacking, lasercut wood and plastic, hot-bent acrylic