So today our tutorial group met once again to discuss where we were at with our project, something which seems to be becoming a weekly thing… It was interesting to see how everyone’s projects have moved on and I found it useful to see how other people were tackling problems. I feel like I am really starting to get some interesting ideas for solutions now and yesterday’s random mix up, where we were told to discuss our projects with other people from different tutorial groups, was surprisingly useful. Although it was generally nice to run through my project with other people on my course who didn’t already know my project, it was specifically helpful when one group member brought up the point about products inside vehicles. This idea, although seemingly obvious, hadn’t really occurred to me previously and so I feel it was able to further expand the range my range […]
So this past weekend I have been working a bit more on my sketching work, but mainly on the research of being seen on a bike. I decided to look around at some of the cycle clothing available in sports shops as well as a few bike lights. The clothing itself was an interesting area as it seems like all items of cycle clothing are designed in a similar fashion – all adhering to the sporty jacket with fluorescent colouring. It seems like it is impossible at the moment to actually buy a cycle jacket which does not look overly gaudy and aesthetically fowl unless worn whilst cycling. Although I will admit that perhaps that is the only need for such an item of clothing, it has given me food for thought on the matter… As for bike lights, I have only really built upon past knowledge from previous experiences. It […]
Today I have began the sketching and ideas phase of my cycle safety project. With my brief and PDS, I feel confident that I have a definitive basis for beginning my project properly. I have started by sketching out a few ideas that I had originally thought of during the research phase, mainly as a starter point for further work, though I do feel that some of the ideas are still applicable solutions to my brief’s problem. I have been trying to identify fully what all of the points in my PDS mean to my design and then creating ideas which I feel could potentially create a real solution to the problems. This week, I intend to work solely on sketching and ideas, with a little bit of further research to continue to understand the market.
So over the past days, I have been sketching some more, fleshing out some ideas that I have had whilst reading through my PDS. I have had quite a few ideas relating to lighting, though I have had some that I feel are a bit unique such as a light which flashes more rapidly as cars get closer using the arduino and a distance sensor. I have also had an idea to have a device in a car as opposed to on the bike, which would work to help drivers avoid all hazards including cyclists. I have also used the idea that drivers act far more cautiously when a cyclist has an action camera, by including cameras in multiple designs. I have also tried to work on the human form as I hope that by seeing a human form, drivers might better realise the fragility of cyclists.
This weekend I have been working on a test circuit for one of my designs amongst other things. I bought an ultrasound distance sensor and some RGB LEDS to create a test circuit for my flashing light design, just to see if the idea would in fact work. Though it took quite a bit of tweaking and time to get it working, I have actually got it working, with the LEDs glowing green if there is nothing within 2.5 metres, then yellow if there is something between 2.5 and 1.5 metres away then flashing red if there is something closer than 1.5 metres away from the sensor. I have also attached two RGB LEDs to my cycle helmet’s sun-visor, eye width apart, glowing green. I have done this as a test to see how the public reacts to glowing eyes on a cyclist, especially at night where they act in […]
Today we had our tutorial with Bethan, where I showed of my various electronic designs. Whilst my group did seem relatively impressed with the arduino circuit, overall I did feel like my designs were not particularly interesting… Bethan pointed out that my designs all seemed to be rather predictable, which I do agree with, but at the same time feel disappointed. Bethan has advised that I get more creative with my designs today and tommorow, but after that, we need to be coming up with definitive concepts. By next week, Bethan expects us to create a matrix evaluation with user feedback. I really hope that I will be able to do this, but I do feel like since my tutorial I have created a few more creative and random ideas such as a passive aggressive jacket which has writing which tells drivers they are getting too close.
Today has been a rather long day, of what turned out to be a rather pointless endeavour. I attended the London Science Museum’s exhibit on 3D printing which promised a great deal of interesting information on the subject of 3D printing. However upon turning up after a 4 hour coach journey and about an hour on the London Underground, it turns out that the exhibit consists of one small wall with some quotes and some interesting 3D printed objects… Despite this however, the exhibit was quite interesting with a moving 3D printed rotary engine, a small exoskeleton suit and even the rather controversial 3D printed gun. Overall, I did have a rather enjoyable day as I got to walk around the science museum and the V&A. It turns out that one of the original V2 rockets made by Wernher von Braun is on display in the science museum, which I find […]
The past few days, I have been working on trying to be more creative in my thinking and sketching. Whilst Bethan has been advising that we look at nature for our designs, I have only started properly looking at this idea recently… When I thought about it, it was quite simple, when something in the natural world feels threatened, it puffs itself out or makes itself bigger in some way. This made me think, what if a product could do this for a cyclist? In response to this I have sketched a variety of ideas of how a product could use this to allow a cyclist to be seen. From parachutes to paniers, I feel that my concept sketches are actually coming along relatively well, I hope… I need only now finish refining these concepts and then create a decision matrix which I work through with my target market!
My weekends work on a decision matrix has been fruitful in my opinion. After refining my concepts, I created an online survey which I used to find my target market’s opinion of my designs in relation to a datum product – an average set of bike lights. I had hoped to have as many responses as my previous surveys, but I fear the length and detail of this survey may have stopped some people from bothering, though I do still have a fair amount of responses and certainly enough to work out my concept design decision matrix. Overall, I am quite happy with how my project is going and the responses I got to some of my designs were excellent and those that were not, are a great help for finding what the does and doesn’t market want!
Today I had another tutorial session with Bethan and my group. I began by talking through the designs I had created by following the natural fear response of increasing the profile of an animal to make it seem more of a dangerous threat. I explained how my newer designs were focusing on increasing the profile of the cyclists to make them a more visible road user and in turn lead to drivers paying more attention to driving safely when in close proximity to a cyclist. I then began to explain the 10 concept designs I had created from my initial sketches. As I explained each design, my fellow tutorial group members were able to give feedback on what they felt about each design. Once I had laid out each design, I presented my decision matrix to the group. I feel it was clear to see that some of my designs […]