As we approach our final presentation to a group of members, the Comfort4U team has continued to have some difficulties in acquiring materials to build a proper prototype that can encompass everything we wanted in our original design concept. We wanted to create a slip on cushion cover that would give the user a better seated position that would reduce the pressure a typical chair structure would put on the user’s Gluteous Maximus and lumbar region of their spine as well as create a swing/elastic movable structure that the user could use for the fidgeters of the world who need a non-destructive outlet like our swing.
Originally the team wanted to print out our prototype using our school’s 3D printers, but we were quickly met with multiple obstacles like time and machine difficulties (3D printing takes a long time, and can be pretty finicky). Nevertheless the Comfort4U team has decided to make do with what we have, and have planned to meet up and use everyday household items like old pillows to serve as our foam model, an old resistance cord to serve as our elastic swing set-up, and an yoga mat to serve as a temporary slip on system, and create a makeshift prototype to present at least as a visual display.
Recently the team had the chance to practice our presentation in front of other peer members which was both very interesting and helpful in helping us organize ourselves within the presentation and freshen up our memories on what we have learned these past few weeks working on this project. Not only were we able to prepare ourselves but the team was also able to get a preview of the other groups’ designs. We have all been so busy focusing on our own designs that we haven’t been able to enjoy other groups hard work, and it was pretty cool to see what other groups have been up to. We evaluated Neon Shields and SuperNovas two groups who have been working really hard on creating pretty amazing innovative flashlights and construction helmets. It was interesting to learn about the importance of safety helmets and understand just how much a improved design was needed, and I was really inspired by Neon Shield’s flashlight/defense weapon concept, I never really thought of something so simple yet so greatly needed in our daily lives!
Like I stated before, we were also able to work on finalizing our presentation and I feel like we as a group are ready for this final task.