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Flower Power

Product Design - Industrial Design - Arduino

Flower Power Prototype

University of Michigan CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) 

November 2018

Overview

Flower Power is a product that I ideated and created during my course - Interactive Objects (ARTDES 394) using Arduino. Being it A giant problem with today's generation of students, workforce and even the general public is the inability to stay off their phones. I for one have definitely have had my moments of aggressive procrastination during homework where I zone out into the world of my iPhone. Knowing that there are plenty of students that struggle with the same issue, wishing to just get their work without any distractions, I knew a tool such as Flower Power could really make a difference. 

Problem Statement

"Students waste loads of time as they struggle with constantly checking and staying on their mobile devices while trying to focus and do work. They are in need of a fun and effective tool that limits this distraction"

Process 

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Circuit

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Build

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Challenges + Solutions 

Challenges

Solutions

  • Getting the weight sensor to detect the weight of not only my iPhone but a variety of shapes and sizes of mobile devices

  • I built a cushioned base to secure under the sensor so that any applied weight presses/gets pulled down a little bit more than on a hard flat surface

  • Choosing the form and structure of the tool. The deliberation between an upright flower structure attached to a phone-bed prioritizing beauty or creating a more functional and portable configeration

  • I chose to make the product portable for students who pack their belongings in backpacks while integrating the upright aspect of the flower structure on the inside area of the lid so that both ideas are incorporated

  • Getting the weight sensor to detect the weight of not only my iPhone but a variety of shapes and sizes of mobile devices

  • I built a cushioned base to secure under the sensor so that any applied weight presses/gets pulled down a little bit more than on a hard flat surface

  • Planning the pattern and steps of how the lights would work with the weight sensor

  • Figuring out the code for getting the sensor to hold previous knowledge about how many times a phone was picked up 

  • Ran multiple test trials and used target subject's inputs to take into consideration in deciding what would work out best. 

  • Tried countless solutions and functions as well as seeking assistance from external resources in coming to successful result 

Final Product

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