Update on speakers

Nov 19, 2013 by razzn025 // Leave a Comment

So i tried using magnetic sheets to make the sound more audible, and it does actually make it a bit louder with the help of more neodymium magnets. It was easier to work with since the surface area is bigger. I also tried it with thread and it worked as well!  

Flexinol + Thermochromic Paint Assignment

Nov 14, 2013 by Carl Jadaa // Leave a Comment

  In this assignment, I made a mini character that comes alive when its little hands are touched. The mouth appears by thermochromic pigments, and the eye lids roll up. I found flexinol really troubling to work with and it took me numerous iterations before I got them to roll up properly. I realized the…

Lotus flower with flexinol

Nov 13, 2013 by Carla // Leave a Comment

For this project I wanted to create a flower that would be covered by a leaf, and be revealed. However, working with the flexinol was very difficult, and the leaf only worked once as it burned. I tried other types of leaf too. Overall,  think this is a very tricky material!  

Final Project Assignment

Nov 12, 2013 by Liza // Leave a Comment

Overview For your final project, you will propose a project of your choosing that addresses the larger themes of the class and that synthesizes the knowledge you gained over the course of the semester. This could take the form of a toolkit, in depth material research, an interface, a wearable, etc. Deliverables Presentation (10 minutes)…

Paper Generators

Nov 11, 2013 by Liza // Leave a Comment

Disney really does make magic happen! :) Disney Research, Pittsburgh We present a new energy harvesting technology that generates electrical energy from a user’s interactions with paper-like materials. The energy harvesters are flexible, light, and inexpensive, and they utilize a user’s gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing and sliding to generate energy. The harvested energy…