have changed my mind about my project. I've decided that I would like
to make a pair of shoes that react to the wearer, dynamically changing
itself as well as the other shoe. The shoes will primarily use lights
to communicate these changes. They will react to the amount of light in
the environment, the walking pattern of the wearer, and explicit commands
from a human to the shoe.
feel this project fits the scope of this class better because it will
allow me to integrate several different machining and molding techniques.
For instance, I plan on molding the soles of the shoe using the rubber
molding techniques we learned for assignment #5. And in order to create
the form for the mold to be poured into, I will use the vaccuum forming
machine from assignment #6 to create a replica of my favorite pair of
will use the water jet (assignment #4) or mill (assignment #3) to construct
some of the rigid form for the shoes, which will hold the electronics
and display elements. I will use the PIC project board from assignment
# 10 to drive the interactions and sensors.
have chosen the sensing technology for this project during assignment
#8. I will use a variable light resistor to monitor the time of day (day
vs. night), a touch sensor to let the wearer touch areas of the shoe and
change their display patterns, and a pressure sensor that will obtain
data about the walking frequency of the wearer.
all of this, I will take care to construct shoes that have an interesting
design and a beautiful execution through materials and machine work.