Alternative Forms and Resourcefulness Part I
I can’t help thinking that my Mark II prototype is just too much “assembly”… There is not enough resourcefulness and creativity involved in the experience of making the kit… Especially with the emphasis that I wanted to put on engaging with the amount of waste we produce today through the experience of making the kit.
After a lot of thinking and worrying about this topic, I was told to just go and make something.
I wanted to take a step up from the OSB that I’d used for my prototype and found some old softwood with a very worn surface to build another prototype from.
With this one, I decided to make it somewhat more ergonomic and fitted, firstly building it with all the electronics mounted to a wall inside. The user would assemble the electronics inside and then screw together the box protecting its insides.
The motor was initially mounted on the outside of the box but I then decided to try adding it into the inside.
This was the net of the final design of the prototype. The user would find the wood themselves and cut it to size before adding on all my supplied electronics using the included instructions.
I had to cut out a shape for the motor to sit inside the box – and this is what embodies my main worry about this method… It requires tools to make it, and in the case of cutting out that circle, quite complex tools. How can I make the kits accessible to everybody yet still include this creative twist?
Here you can see the finished prototype, with just the motor attachment sticking out very neatly for the handle to attach to.