Week 11 – Final project thoughts- Physical Computing
Starting to think of ideas for my final project I can’t help but think of how much I still don’t know and at the same time the amount of new things I do know that just a weeks ago were not even remotely part of my vocabulary is mind blowing!!
I feel this is a good time to go back to what drew me to ITP in the first place. I am a fashion designer I create using “soft”materials that are in dialogue with the bodies that wear them. I wanted to stretch the boundaries of that dialogue. I am also a teacher and a huge part of my goals have to do with collaborating with engineers so I could teach my students to do the same.
That is why when I was approached by Jacky Chen and Timothy Lobiak to collaborate on this final project I was excited! they are interested in working with scent and I am interested in working with soft fabrications and Nitinol- memory alloy metal. After brain storming we came up with a concept we felt combined all of our ambitions and although it’s not a garment yet it’s a step in the right direction.
We had an idea to create a digital flower bed that is activated by the user ‘pouring’ light from a watering can on the flowers.When these input flowers soak up enough light the main flower will bloom emitting a calming and refreshing scent.
the project consists of:
5-8 input flowers with PSR sensors
1 – Watering can with strong LED light.
1- Large Blooming flower controlled by opposing nitinol wired petals and vapor ducts.
1- Flower bed box fabricated to incase all electronics.
Some things I looked at for inspiration In the process
Paper wall art/ Delpozo floral sleeve detail/Lily in bloom via GIPHY
Questions and challenges:
- Working with Nitinol which is unstable and figuring out re-opposing forces to open and close the flower
- Which wire to use, what would be the best way to activate and at what temperature?
- not having the vapor effect the Nitinol.
- Is the interaction clear enough?
- Is the interaction engaging ?
Some more information on Nitinol and memory shape alloys: