Invited to Inventure
Two industrial design teams -- The Autonomous Seating Team and The Gaitway (Portable Parallel Bars) -- were handed "golden ticket" invitations during the Capstone Expo, giving them the prestigious opportunity to compete in Georgia Tech's InVenture Prize. After preliminary and semifinal rounds of this invention competition, the final round will take place on March 15, 2017.
The InVenture Prize awards $20,000 to first place and $10,000 to second place winners, with a free U.S. patent filing and placement in Georgia Tech's business creation and innovation program, Flashpoint. School of Industrial Design alumni Jasmine Burton and Erin Cobb won the InVenture prize in 2014 for their inexpensive, mobile toilet design called Safi Choo. Since then, Burton has turned the invention into a business called Wish for WASH.
Meet the Teams
Seven teams from the School of Industrial Design will take to the concourse of McCamish Pavilion this week to present their senior design projects. They'll tackle mobility and automobile-centric design problems. Client companies (including GM, Egg Wash Inc, Physical Therapist, and URise) contacted students weekly through reports and/or conference calls.
Although the projects cover a broad spectrum of topics, James L. Oliver Professor Wayne Li said all the students learned about empathy through their Capstone studio.
"Caring for their parents and grandparents is a natural want from the students," he said. "We always have to remember the human face behind the design activities that we do."
Industrial design students often collaborate with mechanical engineering students on Capstone projects, Li said. "The industrial designers bring a contextual awareness and imaginative approach, and the mechanical engineers bring an analytical and deductive approach to the project work. It simulates real world projects/design clients."
Tune in Wednesday to find out which team won!
Heads Up Team: Augmented Reality Windshield
Using our driving simulator and a transparent TV (OLED), the team is investigating head up displays and graphic user interfaces with autonomous driving. Here, Florence Camick is projecting an augmented reality overlay on the “windshield” and that corresponds with the building projected onto the white wall (from the driver's point of view) as an overlay. Data collection begins with the eye tracking cameras to get a sense of how the overlay will work either helping or distracting drivers.
Autonomous Interior Team
The team is tasked with envisioning what an interior of the autonomous car would look like. Pictured are several sketches by team member Sam Harvey. Factoid: They built a 1:1 cardboard interior in the Human-Machine Interaction Lab.
Autonomous Seating Team
This team is looking at the seating system inside an autonomous car. Factoid: Seating Team is thinking about the autonomous fleet instead of the autonomous car, (going after the Lyft/Uber business model), so their take is a unique one centered around the autonomous city taxi that reconfigures itself around three main activities: work, social, rest.
Elderly Personal Mobility Team
This team is trying to solve the "last mile” or rather the personal 1.4-mile radius. They’re thinking of personal mobility for elderly cohorts. Factoid: Often, the problem is not driving a car, or getting a Lyft, but rather the local area around the house, where Lyft is inconvenient (in the suburbs) or car driving is not a possibility (due to vision issues). This team, in their findings/interviews with elderly (65+) citizens is designing a collapsible powered scooter that is capable of local short trips that serve this neglected need.
Portable Parallel Bars Team
This team is designing portable, collapsible parallel bars for physical therapists who work with children in rehabilitation of walking. Factoid: They created many scale mechanism models to determine the adjustable/collapsible nature of the parallel bars.
Eggwash: Personal Wash/Care Chair Team
This team is tasked with designing a “shower chair” that sits in the bathtub, but allows someone to take a shower, and still wash both their front and rear end/back. For those with disability and/or balance issues, a shower chair is an assistive technology that is extremely useful. The team’s take on this is to not only to make it more aesthetically coordinated with the home, but also to have water spray from the bottom as well as the shower head (like a dishwasher), in order to more thoroughly cleanse the body (a feature current chairs do not do). Factoid: Maria Wong (student team member) had to “fake shower” by getting into the shower (clothed) and going through the motions to shower in an existing shower chair to do a task analysis and learn the steps required to take a shower while seated, something that she hadn’t done before (because she stands while showering). It was all videotaped and shown to the class.
Car Transfer Assist Team
This team is designing a seat add-in (think glorified cushion) with a mechanism that allows a driver to swivel and extend out of the car to better gain entry/exit to the car. Many senior citizens and people with disability find it difficult to swing themselves into a car seat, and the grab handles are inadequate to get a good hand hold to get into or out of the car. Factoid: This team cut several memory foam cushions to best arrive at the proper padding and mechanisms to make the the assist chair work. Think lazy Susan on a drawer slide.