Interactive designer

Generative Folly

 Research

Research

 

Generative Folly is part of an independent design interest which uses processing as a tool to generate form, movement and interaction. The intention of introducing coding to the conceptual stage of design, specifically through processing, is to explore a range of possibilities which could be taken into account for future design development.

The project was supported by the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) Student SEAD Grant Award at Virginia Tech for prototype development.

 
 
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Design Process

 

This project aims to draw attention to the expressive bodily gestures of the participants as a form of dialogue between people and their built environment.

The folly consists of cube structures which are held on separate columns and arranged in a gird oriented manner. They are designed to be reactive to human interaction. So as a person passes through the folly the cubes would react by rotation, change of color and vertical movement. The modifications also suggest a wide range of locations and contexts which could bring attraction, social interaction and aesthetics.

 
  Variety in interaction and transformation

Variety in interaction and transformation

 
 
 Selected elevation views

Selected elevation views

 Selected plan views

Selected plan views

 
 
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Prototyping

 

The making of the 1:1 scale prototype began with the construction of the box, using laser cut acrylic sheets and 3D printed joints and frame. The box was then assembled on a metal tube and held down with a heavy weight constructed wooden base. The process followed a series of coding and electronic circuitry. An Arduino board was used to drive the stepper motors for rotation and movement, control the color of the LED lights and activate the proximity sensors. Finally the piece was put together and tested.

 
 

The Base

The base is constructed with 6 layers of plywood using the CNC machine to create a subtle and stable foundation.

 
 
 

Mechanism

The rotational mechanism, includes a light weight stainless steel tube, flanged ball bearings, thrust bearings, o-ring pulleys and clamping hubs. A Servo motor was placed on a small wooden base to drive the o-ring pulley which is connected to the cube using fish wire.

 
 
 
 

Cube Construction

The Cube structure is designed and 3D printed for weight and stability purposes. Each 3way joint piece is labeled and paired with a frame piece. The labels allow an easier and legible way to assemble the cube each time

 
 
 
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 Interaction

“Give the cube a hug!”

The prototype was exhibited at ICAT Day 2018 at Virginia tech which provided participants reactions and feedback to be studies for further development.

 
 
 
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