Handwork in progress - Day 3

(Hand)work in progress: day 3

Today I started putting the slates together and the wheel started to take its shape! The job has been easy, but quite boring. The most difficult thing was to find a good driller to screw in all those 80mm wood screws. It rotates fine and hopefully it will hold the weight of a person, honestly I haven’t had the courage…
Cutting the pipes - Building the Human-sized Hamster Wheel

(Hand)work in progress: day 2

On Friday I built the base of the wheel. It took me the whole day, but in the, just 10 minutes before the 3D workshop closing time I screwed in the last bolt which completed the base. The most difficult part has been surely cutting the aluminum pipes precisely and of the right measure, which by the way still has…
App code for the Hamster Wheel

App development

At the very bottom of the app are three hall effect sensors and a magnet stuck on the wheel. From this connection it’s possible to establish when and how often a rotation happens, and so the speed of the user running/walking on the wheel. The mechanism is very simple: a magnet gives an input each time that passes by a…

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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