Week 10 + 11 Final Project Idealization & Prototype

Project statement:

I want to explore the possibility of the alternative use of logistic methodology to create playful and informative experience for e-commerce customers. To tell them the logistic story with human efforts hidden behind each object they have

Interaction/systems diagram:


Timeline with milestones:

Mar 14 – Apr 1:

  • Decide type of data to collect
  • Decide medium of display
  • Technology Prototype/Test (data collection)
  • System design
  • Graphics design

Apr 5 – Apr 10:

1st protoype

Apr 10 – Apr 15:

2nd Prototype

Apr 16 – Apr 20:

3rd Prototype (optional) + design methodology and execution settled

Apr 25 – May 3:


May 5: Major Major Exhibition

Materials list:

  1. LED UV light strip x 1
  2. warm white LED strips x 3
  3. Ultrasonic sensors x 1
  4. DC motors x 3, Stepper motors x 3
  5. Motor divers x 3
  6. Potentiometer x 3
  7. Trellis Keypad
  8. LEDs x n
  9. Buttons x 1
  10. 12V Adapter x 3
  11. 12V power supply
  12. Arduino UNO R3 x 3
  13. 9V Battery x 3
  14. Breadboard x 4
  15. Soldering kits
  16. Gluegun
  17. White and Black 24 x 18 in Acrylic sheets
  18. Acrylic tubes
  19. Plywoods

Precedents or references

  1. Nike CLC Installation: creates a series of low energy digital sculptures and light installation showcasing its operational efficiency, infrastructure system and live-feed data of the green energy consumption. 
  2. Ryan Gander’s Fieldwork: In this piece, a series of objects and assemblages that are by turns funny, macabre or banal revolving on a vast concealed conveyor belt. As they pass through an aperture in the gallery wall, the viewer is invited to speculate on the stories they tell, as well as their relationship to one another. 
  3. Multiverse, a long, conveyor-belt hall of the National Gallery of Art in D.C, gave me another example of how to create immersive visual experience along conveyor belt infrastructure.This piece used LED matrix on walls and ceiling to create an astonishing visual journey while people was riding on the moving walkway.

1st Prototype Iteration:

To test out work mechanism of conveyor belt, I laser cut plywood and paper, and build the very first simple prototype, which uses manual force as drivers to rotate the wheels that lead the belt to move.

Laser cut file

The success of this prototype allows me to move forward to test out technology feasibility of this mechanism, for example how much power of a motor or how many motors I need for moving how much weight of an object.

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