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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!



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. 

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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