The Lawn Rover is an interactive mobile garden that encourages users to take their plants for a walk and get to know their neighbors.
With this, we wanted to build a community of individuals who all share responsibility over care for the greenhouse plants. This is accomplished through physical activity and social networking.
In order to water the plants, users need to walk a certain distance per day with the Rover to reach watering milestones. Once a milestone is met, a pump will engage with a relay circuit via Arduino and mist the plants. Depending on the season, species, and current weather, the plants will have fewer or greater numbers of watering milestones per day: all of which dictated by the mobile application.
Integrated into the dashboard of the Lawn Rover is a dial that indicates water milestone progress, raindrop indicators showing how many milestones have been met that day and a screen with varying information about local conditions. It also has a place to put the user’s phone in order to receive navigation and other information from the mobile application.
In completing this project I gained insight into designing interfaces like the analog dashboard. As well as rapid prototyping and problem solving while creating the casing for the plants, which being made out of acrylic proved to be prone to breakage--hence, the use of gussets. All of which was modeled in SolidWorks and translated to Illustrator.
In collaboration with professor and artist Greg Niemeyer and artist Olya Dubatova, I prototyped and fabricated a representation of the Tzar Bell in Russia. This project was designed using Arduino as well as hand-cut and laser-cut wood to build the eight foot structure. The art installation debuted in the Riddoch Gallery in Mount Gambier, Australia.
The eVolution of the Stool
Using parametric design in Grasshopper, this project aimed to join multiple stools into a constellation that would generate a chaise lounge chair. We wanted to fix the uncomfortable typical lab stool in a cheap, scalable way.
We designed a 3D undulating surface that could be cut out of 20 sheets of recycled cardboard and would turn the terrible lab stool into a comfortable chaise lounge, tailor made to everyone’s body shape. We also wanted to design it in such a way where anyone could laser cut the cardboard sheets and create a personalized stool.
For the initial prototype, we 3D scanned the members of our group and found an average body shape that we could then contour the sitting surface against. A vital notion to the success of this hack was to leave the stool with its original functionality. The stool can still be sat upon in its natural state and the user can still set their foot on the circular bracing due to specified undulation in locations where seating support isn’t needed.
During the course of this project, I was able to further develop my knowledge of Rhino3D and Grasshopper as well as learn 2D to 3D fabrication techniques. Also imperative to the project was knowledge on 3D scanning to generate meshes that could be used to inform other geometries.
The sitting area is an average of two undulated surfaces that protrude in areas which need support and duck in where a person would sit. Each surface is dictated by four lofted curves that can be easily changed.
This project is being integrated into some of the classrooms in the Jacob’s Institute for Design at Berkeley.