The Defender: Bora Kim, Rachel Lane, Arvind Sanjeev
“The Defender” is a wearable suit designed to defend personal space. The project was inspired from thinking about personal spaces, where do you draw the boundary for your personal space, is this something cultural or ethnographic? This article from the Washington Post talks about how people from different places around the globe have different perceptions about their personal space. For instance, people from Romania have a greater personal boundary set for their personal space at around 4.6 feet while it's almost the half for people from Argentina at around 2.5 feet.
Talking about how Defender works: when the radar (infra-red distance sensor attached to a servo motor) on the goggles detects someone is getting too close (within a given radius), it triggers LEDs and fans that are strapped to both sides of the body. The front fans inflate an airbag, constructed from a laser-cut plastic bag which fills the personal space of the wearer and deters off anyone within that perimeter. The bag is fabricated with lots of tiny holes which project the LED light, illuminating the person who is invading the space. The rear fans blow strips of foil away from the body, inspired thorigh bio-mimicry, it gives the appearance of tentacles and amplifies a physical response to the interaction. The fans return to their original state when the personal space is cleared. At the back of the suit, we built a case containing an Arduino Uno, connected to the infrared sensor and the four fans.
Some more experimental projects from the class:
Uncanny Senses: James Zhou, Jens Obel, Sebastian Hunkeler
Robot-Buddies: Christopher Bogar, Isak Frosta
Ernie & Bernie: Stephanie Lee, Somayeh Ranjbar
Clean it: Clara Subirats, Ine-Charlotte, Matt Visco, Vytautas Gudaitis, Anoushka Garg
More projects from this class can be seen here: Basic Physical Computing.
This is just a short intro to my life at CIID, I will be publishing more posts on the different topics we learn as well as the projects we do through this blog. Furthermore, all the credits to the media content for this blog goes to the IDP class of 2017.