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Thank-you for visiting the COMM 386p Prototyping voting page!   These are some of the end-of-term projects by students.   The next round of the course will be offered in September 2016 [comm 386p-protyping, UBC]


Vote for the product you feel is the strongest for the following question:


“Based on the info below, which project ideas / prototype

 / team would you think would have greater success in finding

financial support and customers for their idea?”


You will get a different pair of projects each time you vote!



Iron Man Hands-Free Torch

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The Iron Man Hands-Free Torch is a chest mounted light that illuminates when connected to a battery pack. The light is designed to mount to a users’ chest in order to illuminate the path in front of the wearer at all times.


The chest piece is made up of 4 modelled hardware pieces, an Arduino, a portable battery pack, and 5 LED lights (connected to a breadboard via wires. Breadboard has resistors). The lights flash for added effect but for practical use would remain constant when used.


The four modelled pieces are: Shell and Cap – made on 3D printer, and acrylic disks for the LEDs to sit on to create a more luminous effect.


The light is very luminous in dark locations, but doesn’t appear particularly bright in laminated space.


PROTOTYPE ISSUES: shell is large to house the excess of wires and Arduino kit. Battery pack does not sit inside of the shell and would be strapped on the person’s body somewhere (which, actually, makes it easier for the battery to be changed). The LEDs are not stable and could come off the shell if moved too much. Shell is delicate and could break if fallen on or dropped.


But it’s still fun to look at! And it’s awesome when it’s dark. Anyway, the idea is quite simply to light up a room well without the use of one of your hands. Like a Pip boy!



nimbus:   an Arduino-controlled, sound-responsive light show. 


What does it do?
nimbus provides entertainment value by way of interactive lights that flash through cotton fiberfill in response to the sounds it detects in its immediate environment, be it hands simply clapping or more rhythmically complex music playing. It can be mounted on a stand and put in the corner of the room as a decorative piece for your fancy dinners with four-piece bands, fixed on the ceiling of a nightclub to join you in your jittery excitement for the imminent bass drops, or simply hung above your bed for a pre-sleep light show. It cannot sense emotions but, in its own way, it can get just as excited about the music as you do.
How does it work?
The Arduino, attached to a sound sensor and a sensitivity adjuster, is housed inside a wire cage with puffs of  cotton fiberfill glued on top. Upon sensing sound vibrations within its sensitivity threshold, it provides feedback through four different LED bulbs positioned around the wire housing within its fluffy walls. Each bulb is encased in a ping pong ball and more fluff to diffuse the light better through its respective pocket of cloud.
The lights embedded in the fiberfill mimic lightning within a cloud in appearance – an innovative and fluffy novelty light fixture.


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