I’m not too sure what I want to do for my final project, but I have a few ideas:
- An ergonomic bottle opener
- A folding chair (or series of folding chairs)
- Something I can make to house and interactive device with Arduino for another class
The bottle opener is an idea I had to improve upon the standard lever bottle opener. The idea is that you could grab the top and rip the cap off in a more natural way than just lining up the lever and pulling it. The design would probably feature guards that go around your fingers, and so this could be an area to add in some aesthetic. I’m thinking I could try and make it out of metal, and given the motion is very “grabby”, I think it might be interesting to make it look like tiger claws (or a tiger head). I’m thinking early American tattoo style.
I got inspired by our in class research on round and pointy furniture, and I am considering designing a chair. I don’t think I have room in my house to fit another chair, but a folding chair would probably fit well. It might be cool to make it fold flat so it could also be a decorative piece. I could then paint something on the back which would serve well as a painting or just general decoration. Overall I think the chair would be fairly complex in nature and would pose a challenge for me. If it weren’t enough, maybe I could make multiple chairs with different designs to make a series.
The last idea isn’t very actionable currently but I think it would pair well with another class I’m in. I’m in ATLS 3300 Object where we are working on sensor inputs and outputs using an Arduino microcontroller. I think it would be cool to make some sort of unique housing for my final project in that class that would interface with the electronics. The only setback to this idea is that we haven’t yet started work on our final project in that class (we probably wont for another few weeks). While I think it would be cool, I don’t know how feasible it would be.
Those are my three ideas (really two). I feel bad that I cant really think of anything substantial, but that’s where I’m at. I’m open to suggestions for new ideas, or even suggestions to add onto or improve my current ideas. I have access to a 3D printer and have a lot of scrap wood that I could utilize.
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