Assignment #9 prep for Design Pathway for Final Project
A. Update Heilmeier Questions as needed
What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
I am trying to make a silicone ear plug to mimic HER concept.
- How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
I casted the earplug. But it doesn’t look good. There’s not much out there with the ear.
- What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
I think it can be. I suppose it doesn’t matter if it’s been done or not before.
- Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?
Perhaps the teachers will. It can change the way earpieces are designed.
- What are the risks?
Trials and ruining earphones. I also think the shape matters the most.
- How much will it cost?
I am using silicone.
- How long will it take?
2 days, 18 hours maybe.
- What are the mid-term and final “exams” to check for success?
If it fits inside the ear and has sounds.
Research History & State-of-the-Art
I’m thinking about pieces of technology are fashionable and not distracting.
I am particularly fascinated with voice recognition in new gadgets. A small one-ear device that lets people interact with their digital life on the go, such that the gadgets is a dialogue. I enjoy the idea of only looking at things when you actually have to look at something, or to get a decorative message. Listening to music with only one ear doesn’t sound like fun, but the earpiece does much of what Google is trying to do with Glass.
- Generate a list of Experts to invite to talk with you by category
Amy Hurst, accessible tech
Athos, high performance wear
- Generate a list of relevant soft or flexible materials.
- How can they fail/be damaged?
If the silicone rips because too many air bubbles, I think.
- How do you know when it works?
I know it works when it fits inside the ear.
- Start Materials Explorations/1st Iterations
Below is prototype. I used clay to cast the negative and ecoflex to make the mold.