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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!



FlipKey:   Compact Key Organizer


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Organize Your Pocket!

FlipKey is a new, affordable way to carry keys and other accessories without the annoying problems associated with the classic keychain. If you use a keychain, this product is for you.


The solution is a design that combines simplicity and function. FlipKey uses a bolt to keep everything in place, and small metal washers to prevent the keys from sticking together. It is compatible with almost all commonly used keys, plus many more. Uniquely sized keys will still work too, because FlipKey can come in any variation. Just measure the width and length of your keys, and we will do the work for you. In addition to keys, FlipKey accommodates other small accessories like USB drives, bottle openers, or screwdrivers. 

FlipKey feels good in your pocket. It won’t jingle or poke you in the leg. It’s cheap, it works, and it’s built to last. 

Modernize your life, and change the way you store, find, and use your keys. 


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