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Device Prototyping

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The prototyping conducted during studio was pair-programing methodology, done through the use of littlebits™. These interchangeable devices allow for conceptual design to become physical objects. With multiple prompts to choose from, I settled on prototyping a device that assists children while using cooking devices. After brainstorming three divergent design ideas, I began the prototyping process. Actually being able to rapid prototype allowed me to really realize which design had the most feasibility, usability, and desirability when aiding children while cooking. Ultimately, I decided design number two processed those three desirable attributes, which is essentially an automated strove burner.

Three drawings of divergent ideation

This form of prototyping is unlike others i have done before. The ability to = create functional prototypes at such a rapid pace is incredibly effective when looking for designs that are feasible, usable, and desirability. Because of the large assortment of littlebits™ pieces, the opportunities seemed virtually endless while assembling. I enjoyed creating these devices so much, I believe this concept can be taken a step further, on a larger scale. Variable DYI transportation kit, similar to the customization of littlebits™, would be very incredibly fun to design and prototype with.

In the future, I will constantly be prototyping designs, as I have come to realize this step is the difference between a useable product and design draft. I recently went through the prototyping stage within shoe design for a personal project. Proceeding through the ideation stage and selecting the most promising shoe design, I began to prototype using a sewing machine, cloth, and a piece of foam. Within minutes of working with physical materials, I realized how much easier it is to convey ideas with pen and paper than with actual materials. I ultimately got my idea across, however, I believe with more work my prototyping skills will improve.

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