Renders

Here are two renders representing the complete structure of the wheel with the various connections. The next challenge is to actually build it, I wish I could just 3D print this……

Play vs Game

An interesting article Andrzej Marczewki explains the difference between play and game and therefore between playfulness and gamification. He summarises his reasoning with some bullet points: – Play is free form and has no extrinsically imposed goals. It is done for fun or joy. – Games add defined goals and rules to play (such as challenges). – Toys are objects…

Calculations

FINAL, CORRECT CALCULATIONS: People need to enter their weight to calculate the right amount of calories. Calories burned = (speed * time) * (1,05 * time) * 60 [average person weight] Energy produced = time [in seconds] * 0.0008 [3W energy produced by the dynamo, divided in seconds]   PREVIOUS CALCULATION ATTEMPTS, CONFUSION AND NUMBERS: Despite I graduated from a …

Full bibliography

Here it’s a list of the full bibliography on which I built my research for the final dissertation. BOOKS: – BERMAN, D. B. (2009) Do Good Design, How Designers Can Change The World, Barkeley CA: AIGA Press / New Riders cooperation – BOGOST, I. (2007) Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames, Cambridge, MA, London: MIT Press – CIALDINI, R.…

Energy conversion

I bought a 12″ bicycle 😀 As I mentioned in a previous post, the energy conversion from kinetic to electric to charge the phone, occurs thanks to a small bicycle wheel put in contact with the big hamster wheel. The smaller the bike wheel, the more energy would have been generated, so I opted for a 12” kids bike wheel,…

It’s not only about the wheel

ENERGY CONVERSION: Besides the big part to build of the wheel, the problem is also the extension of the project, I have to find a way to connect the wheel to a gear of some sort in order to convert the kinetic energy into electric energy. I looked into it and probably the easier way is to use a bicycle…

Other ideas and sketches

First idea: Washing machines powered by bicycles are already considered “DIY” technology in poor countries and eco-villages, however it remains a niche solution, seen as a “remedy for the poor”, which most of the people wouldn’t allow in their luxurious houses, therefore, I thought about adding a simple element which would make it more fun and probably accepted by more…

Found instructions for the wheel

Quite overwhelmed with the new size of the project, which I don’t particularly like as I simply don’t like to build (in my opinion a designer is not a carpenter), I did the first thing I always do when I don’t know how to do something, I googled “How to build a human-size hamster wheel?” and guess what? I literally…

Human-sized hamster wheel

After the dissertation, as I mentioned in a previous post, the last big task is to realise a final project related to the thesis, which will be exposed to the public in The Well Gallery at London College of Communication from the 6th till the 8th of November 2015. After weeks of indecision on what to do for it, today…
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