Design Review: Hidden Compartment Artwork

This project was inspired by my love of magic, trap doors, and speakeasies. I like the idea of hiding something in plain sight.

I got some positive feedback on my idea to use beetle-kill wood. It will be a challenge to find an economical source for this material but I think it brings a very authentic Colorado vibe to the design considering the large beetle-kill problem present in forests around the state.

I also got some helpful comments on the use of an arduino and a lot of interest with the idea to make a sort of puzzle box opening mechanism. I will have to think more on these two options and see which one is more viable with the given budget and time.
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  • Abdulrahman Alnoaim
    March 15, 2019 1:32 pm

    The hidden artwork concept is very interesting and cool. Great job on explaining the project idea!

  • Andrew Oliver
    March 15, 2019 1:26 pm

    Hello Chris, I really like your project idea. It is cool that you are designing something that you can use in your home. You could use the Arduino to unlock the box using a button or switch on the side of the enclosure. Great job!

  • Alexis Nibbelink
    March 15, 2019 1:25 pm

    Very cool. I love the Colorado aesthetic. I think the idea of moving parts like a puzzle in order to open it would be really cool.

  • Morgan Benninger
    March 15, 2019 1:24 pm

    Noice, good idea!

  • Hey Chris, this project seems like it is something you’ve wanted to do before. I like the specificity of materials you talked about and it shows that you have given the project a lot of thought. It is an art piece that does something! I find that to be perfect for a class like this.

  • Jordan Nahabetian
    March 15, 2019 1:24 pm

    I really like you idea and aesthetic! It might be good to consider how the front panel comes off of the wall. If it’s heavy, there might be extra components you can add to bear the weight.

  • Tanner Wismer
    March 15, 2019 1:23 pm

    Really cool idea. I do not think anyone else is doing a trap door or hidden compartment for their final project. Your prototype gives a good visualization of what the final product will look like. Make sure to keep the size of the final product in mind so it does not end up too large. Good luck!


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