Making Furniture Interactive

October 31, 2007

Workshop: Interactive and Adaptive Furniture

Filed under: Course Materials,Examples — jet @ 1:13 pm

Two day workshop, looks like it could be fun.  Application is a short paper describing your work/interest in this field.


thermal comfort chair

Filed under: Final Project,Marc Manzke,Proposals — marcmanzke @ 12:04 am

For the non-vehicular (self-propelled) commuter, the Thermal Comfort Chair is intended to provide personal, localized thermal equilibrium primarily immediately following a commute. As a commuter arrives to work or home their metabolic rate is significantly higher than that of their coworkers. That commuter is unfortunately at the whim of the air handling system that cannot accommodate temporary, or personal needs. Rather than sweat it out, the Thermal Comfort Chair is an active heat sink for the body so you can return to equilibrium and obtain a productive comfort level.
thermal comfort chair

October 30, 2007

vector fan

Filed under: Exercise 6: Motorized Mechanical Movement,Marc Manzke — marcmanzke @ 11:44 pm

I built this “jet” from a couple 12 volt, 0.5 amp case fans that can move alot of air. I built a simple cardboard enclosure to regulate the outflow / thrust of the fans.


Filed under: Exercise 5: Mechanical Movement,Marc Manzke — marcmanzke @ 11:25 pm

I brazed together this robo-bug out of copper tubing and wire. It translates flex movement to rotational movement of its legs via braided bicycle cables. A pair of springs return the legs to their original position. The most interesting part of the build was brazing the tubes together with simple flux, solder, and a torch. I had to wrap more complicated joints with copper wire before brazing to hold things together and provide a stronger finished joint.


Linear actuators

Filed under: Sandbox — niko @ 8:28 am

I want to create a chair that will sit and look normal, but will detect when someone sits on it. When if feels that someone has sat on it, it will wait a few seconds for the person to get comfortable. Then it will throw the person of the chair by falling over with the person. Then the chair will pick its self up, possibly through the use of a cam system.

The linear actuators will act as the legs.


Final Project Proposal

Filed under: Final Project,Proposals,Tiago Rorke — Tiago Rorke @ 8:10 am

sonic bookshelf

Filed under: Beste Nazilli,Final Project,Imran Sobh,Proposals — botto @ 8:06 am


inspirational projects//

Secuenciador tangible 2



Final Project Proposal

Filed under: Final Project,Joe Iloreta,Proposals — jilore @ 6:18 am

I would like to explore the intricacies and subtleties of movement with this final project, translating one simple movement into a graceful series of movements. I propose a wall installation that senses linear movement, and translates it to the rotating speeds of discs in a pinwheels-like manner. It seeks to create kinetic, behavioral secondary motion out of simple movement of the human body along a path, like ripples in a pond, or wind across a field. Using pinwheels of different radius, I also want to create a mechanical and kinetic display of ratios – spinning certain wheels according to intensity and speed of movement of a passer-by along the length of the installation.. The variations of spinning I hope also create a rich texture of sound as materials spin against each other.


Final Project Proposal

Filed under: Final Project,Matt Thompson,Proposals — Mattt @ 4:43 am

Slides are attached as a PDF here: Project Proposal

term proposal

Filed under: Alastair Firth,Final Project,Proposals — afirth @ 3:34 am
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The average student relies on a number of pieces of technology in order to evaluate the current state of their enviroment. Each day, we interact with technology to evaluate the current state of our enviroment. We ask it to obtain the time, the weather, and to perform certain tasks for us, including waking us up and playing music. Many of these tasks are currently performed by discrete pieces of equipment. This project aims to incorporate all of these functions into one relatively integrated, easy to use package controlled by an iPod and an Arduino, and providing feedback through speakers and an LED matrix.


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