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.

  1. Generate a list of Experts to invite to talk with you by category

Amy Hurst, accessible tech

Athos, high performance wear

  1. 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.

  1. Start Materials Explorations/1st Iterations

Below is prototype. I used clay to cast the negative and ecoflex to make the mold.

NYU 2018–2020

NYU 2018–2020