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Samuel Bertain sbertain@cca.edu 707.799.3936


I see design as a means of telling stories that create experiences which have the power to solve problems, improve lives and enhance the connections between ourselves and the world around us.


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JetCast


Sewing machine Re-design

12 Weeks

solo Project

Pushing the boundaries of what a sewing machine could do by re-thinking what a sewing machine is.


“You’ve got to break it to make it” To understand how to design a sewing machine we had to take one apart. Knowing how it works and what each part does was critical to being able to know how to change the machine itself.


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Anatomy of sewing machine

What it is A sewing machine is a machine used to stitch fabric and other materials together with thread.

What it does The sewing machine has greatly improved the efficiency and productivity of the clothing industry. Sewing machines are used to make, mend, or alter anything from fabric to leather goods.

Who uses them Sewing machines are used both domestically by the average person for crafting, making and mending as well as by skilled labor for industrial use for the mass production of soft goods. Increasingly these machines are becoming automated without the need for human control.


What it could be We brainstormed the possibilities of what a sewing machine could do, where it could live and what it could be. Some interesting far - out ideas got me excited about some interesting far - out possibilities.


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Areas of interest

Materials

Technology

Medical devices

Sewing is about materials. How they’re connected, applied and used to create a product that is typically worn on the body.

What new or future technologies could be incorporated into a machine that could update, improve or create something new?

Could the medical field benefit from the application, connection and creation of fabric materials to improve healthcare or medical device design?


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Material application

Spray on fabric

Non-Woven fibers

Protective castings

Fabrican developed by fashion designer Manel Torres is an aerosol propelled fabric that dries instantly on the body to create custom garments.

Fibers are suspended in a solvent solution then sprayed onto the body. One solvent dries the fibers combined to form a fully connected covering.

The right combinations of fibers and adhesive can be combined and built up to create instant casts for broken bones and wound dressings.


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Automation and Imaging

Automation

3D Scanning

3D Imagery

Advances in precision robotics and automated healthcare provide new and more accurate forms of treatment for patients that decrease mistakes and increase productivity.

3D scanning technologies allow for complex, highly detailed models of objects that can be directly imported, shared and viewed across networks.

Highly detailed 3D modeling of human anatomy allows doctors to see things they couldn’t before, making diagnoses and treatment more personal and accurate.


“WHat if the quality and efficiency of treating common injuries could be improved through automated technology? �


“Wrist fractures are one of the most common reasons for visiting the ER� Each year in the United States, approximately 300,000 people sustain a wrist fracture, usually as the result of falling The average ER visit takes up to 1.5 hours A majority of wrist fractures do not require surgical intervention

*http://projects.propublica.org/


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Insights & pain points

“Treatment depends on the types and severity of fracture that has happened” “Not all sprains require ER care. Most can be deferred to urgent care, where doctors are equally equipped to treat patients”

If fracture is non-displaced then ER care can be bypassed Treatment is specific to injury

-Sharmaine, RN

“We had to wait for what seemed like forever to get my arm fixed. It really hurt.” - Annie, Tough Cookie

Freeing up doctor time speeds up treatment of patients


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Ideation

Form direction Sketching focused on making a medical device that retained a modern, clean aesthetic that still stayed true to the function of the machine itself.


Prototypes and model making Prototypes involved finding the most appropriate way to house the necessary components as well as consider the ergonomics of the human body and how they would comfortably interact with the device. The final model presented many challenges in figuring out how to make not only a large model but how to achieve the desired final look. I learned a lot about how materials came together and the challenges that would potentially be involved in making this thing real.


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Final design and function

JetCast is an automated 3D dimensional diagnosis and casting machine that utilizes spray - on fabric technology to create customized casts for arm fractures. Automation and precision not only creates a more personalized treatment but also frees up doctors to treat more patients with more serious injuries and speed up visits to the ER for non-serious injuries.

Step 1

Insert broken arm into nacel

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3D scan identifies injured areas

Step 3

Thread jets spray aerosol casting material on arm

Step 4

Cast is custom tailored to injury and arm size

Step 5

Remove arm and let cast set to appropriate hardness


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Assembly

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outer housing Made of high impact polystyrene that encases major components and is easy to clean

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Support halo Gives added structure as well as a more aesthetically pleasing form

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Inner engine housing Aircraft grade aluminum houses the tread engine and captures excess casting materials. Easier to sanitize after use

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Actuated ball & socket nozzles Spray specifically formulated casting materials in multiple directions to achieve full coverage of arm

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Thread engine Rotates in 360째 to fully cover patients arm when being casted

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High resolution 3D scanner Scans patients arm for diagnosis to create a custom cast for specific fracture and arm shape

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Vented arm rest Arm rest made of high durometer silicone for a comfort and breathability during casting process

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Final model


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Final model


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Air Kinetic Knee Brace


Wearable Technologies

04 Weeks

Group Project

Leslie Greene

Designing the future of wearable technologies and how they will improve our lives and our bodies


“The knee is one of the most complicated joints on the human body� Knee injuries are extremely common, in the US, and account for 19 million doctor visits per year.* One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear, especially common amongst athletes. To regain full function of knee, surgery is often required. Initial treatment in combination with long-term maintenance is critical for full knee recovery & movement.

*American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons


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Treating the injury

Injury

Surgery

Post - op

70 percent of ACL injuries occur through non-contact movements. 30 percent result from direct contact with another player or object

Surgery is often required for patients who wish to remain highly athletic, have torn cartilage, or are not willing to change their active lifestyle

A large brace is worn to completely restrict movement. Rest, Ice, and elevation are required

Functional brace Rehabilitation focuses on restoring range of motion, protecting surgery, and minimizing muscle atrophy. A custom brace and crutches are utilized for several weeks or longer during activity

Physical therapy Physical therapy is a crucial part of successful ACL surgery.


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Insights & Pain points

“Going to physical therapy is the most important part, because they know how to move my knee in the right way” “If I want to walk again, I have to go to physical therapy, and I have to wear my brace. ”

Correct movement is critical The combination of physical therapy and wearing a brace is important for recovery

-Jessica

“There’s a good chance I’m going to have to wear this brace for the rest of my life.”

Knee injuries require long-term maintenance

“You really need it to fit well to work.”

Personal fit is key to a good brace

- Wendy


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Soft technologies

soft robotics Harvard Research Group developed a bio inspired soft robotic system that inflates a network of embedded chambers in a silicone elastomer shell to actuate movement.

3D printed molds Using our desktop 3D printer we took the initial mould designs and began customizing them to create new designs that could be altered to actuate movement and customize fit.

Pneumatic inflation Using a bike pump we inflated various experimental shapes to find geometries that would shift and conform to different objects and eventually the body.


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Opportunities

Technology Technology

Advances in soft robotic technologies, micro computing and sensors allow for a new wave of products that can be worn on the body to track, respond and assist in bio - mechanical movement.

Rehabilitative equipment Rehabilitative equipment

Physical Rehabilitation

Functional knee braces need to be custom made for each person and worn for long periods of time. The wrong fit could increase or prolong damage to the knee.

Physical Rehabilitation Physical therapy re - trains the injured to perform movements correctly and tracks progress of recovery.


“What if a knee brace could make dynamic adjustments throughout each step?�


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Concept development

Form direction Concept development focused on integrating both function and form into an active lifestyle functional brace.


Prototyping and testing We made a lot of stuff. From cardboard mock-ups to heat bent acrylic, to 3D printed models. We searched to find the right fit and shape. Link to process video: http://vimeo.com/89474655


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Air kinetic knee brace

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Exo frame 3D printed SLS material can be printed with nylons or carbon fibers, allowing high individual parts

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Soft Robotic Web Injury specific soft robotic web, embedded with swarm technology

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Multi-material Elastomer Padding Multi-material 3D printed bladders integrated into the frame, provide personalized fit and comfort

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Pneumatic Flex Sensor Sensors detect muscle movement, which adjust pressure of bladders to provide assisted movement, fit and support

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Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion power source

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Adjustable strap EVA foam padded nylon strap

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technology

Pneumatic Pressure Control

Swarm Robotics

Dynamic Support

Multi-material 3D Print

Pneumatic air chambers offer personalized pressure, and fit

Flex sensors integrated into a community of cells whose collective behavior selectively promotes flexion

Injury-specific webs provide support spanning the damaged area and aid in stabilization and actuate movement

SLS multi-material 3D printing allows for seamless and integrated transitions between hard and soft materials


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Soft Robotic air system

Stabilization

Swarm Web

Customized fit

Lateral pneumatic air chambers offer personalized pressure, and fit

Swarm robotic chambers and integrated flex sensors detect movement and adjust to correct movement

Upper and lower padding inflates to give custom fit and comfort


Awards Bill Moggridge award for Interdisciplinary Design sponsored by Techmer PM

RSA US Leadership Award for Product Design

Techmer PM Award for Design Innovation


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Skyfarm monitoring drone


San Francisco 2060

12 Weeks

Group Project

anto Lam

Designing tools for the future of urban agriculture in San Francisco in the year 2060


Population rise

Urban shift GLobal food demand

“The future of global food production will mandate a paradigm shift from traditional practice to resource leveraged and environmentally optimized urban food growing solutions.� -The MIT CityFARM project

local food movement

CLimate change


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Set factors

Population rise By 2060 the population will rise from 7 million people to 11.6 million in the Bay Area alone and will rise world - wide from 7.3 billion to 9.9 billion.

Urban shift By 2060 according to the World Health Organization 70% of the worlds population will live in urban mega cities.

There is a need to shift the way we grow and consume the food we eat

global food demand With the increase in population there will a 70% increase in global food demand.

Local food movement The current trend in locally grown higher quality foods will only increase due to increased affluence from the population shift to urban living.

Climate change Climate change will continue and only get worse. The increase in unpredictable extreme weather conditions will make traditional farming practices evermore difficult.


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current agriculture

Current food production Current food production is large scale, resource intensive and environmentally damaging.

Food miles 70,000 tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere each year from the amount of produce that is imported each year. This is equal to the amount of CO2 that 12,000 cars produce each year.

Case study If all of the avocados that are grown and shipped to SF were grown with in 40 miles of the city it would reduce the shipping carbon foot print by 96%. Currently avocados travel 447 mi, which expels 13.5 kg of CO2 in one day. It could be reduced to 0.4 kg.

“Food miles matter, because so much of our food transport is unnecessary�


San Francisco 2060


San Francisco 2060


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future agriculture Future food production Indoor vertical hydroponic agriculture provides a solution to the future of food production. Hydroponics is less resource intensive and can be done in completely controlled environments.

Less is more Hydroponic gardens reduce water consumption by nearly 85% and use 80% less fertilizer than traditional methods of farming. Because it’s done in doors hydroponics can grow any variety of produce despite the growing season.

Local production Vertical hydroponic gardens can be set up in urban population centers on much smaller foot prints of land while still producing comparable per acre yields, requiring less transport and lower production cost.

“Enabling cities to be productive centers for locally grown vegetables, herbs, and fruits, might be all that is needed to turn the corner to a more sustainable future.�


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Insights & pain points

“OFten times growers will be surprised by events that take place in their room because they can’t be there 24/7” “I Have to have the right tools. I’ve tried to automate most of the garden, it makes it easier for me to handle the work” -Niles, local indoor gardener

Consistent monitoring of the garden improves quality and out put Automation eases work load and improves productivity Control is crucial Have the right tools for the job

“The advantage of course is you can control everything inside...as a result you can grow anything you WANT” -Dr. Dickson Despommier, Microbiologist


“How might we design better tools for the future of urban agriculture?�


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Opportunities

Sensors

Drones

Tools

connection

Advances in sensor technology that detect specific plant parameters create opportunities for precise control over the quality and quantity of what is being grown

Drones provide the new ability to monitor and control 24/7, constantly sending data about conditions back to the farmer autonomously

The tools necessary for the future of farming have just now begun to be imagined. This area is ripe for innovation

Food is nothing without people. Provide a way to connect local farms directly with the people they feed


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COncept development

Form direction Inspiration for this design came from maple seed pods and trying to capture the feeling of something futuristic yet approachable. Directional movement, biology and simplicity were guiding characteristics. The design needed to fit comfortably in an indoor hydroponic garden


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MOD skyfarm drone

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G Final design The final design took inspiration from maple leaf seed pods. The balloon was chosen because of its ability to decrease the power consumption of the propulsion units as well as move around the garden in a more friendly manner. It also reduced noise. The main components are a series of environmental sensors and a high resolution imaging system used for measuring and monitoring garden parameters and environmental conditions that can be used to keep each plant at pristine health as well as alert when each and every piece of vegetation is at max ripeness and ready for picking. Materials and technologies were projected based off of current research and development possibilities.

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Nanocomposite polymer balloon Coaxial propeller Outer housing Sensors, CPU, fuel cell Lens housing Compound eye camera lens Transparent ceramics lens cover


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The system

Drones continuously patrol vertical garden by zones

Drone tracks along rows of plants in pre-determined patterns

Drone uses advanced optics to survey conditions of growth and ripeness

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SKYFAR

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Farm analyst gets real - time garden conditions and parameters which allows for maximum control over yield and quality

Hi-def analysis of specific plant parameter are measured

Drone transmits real - time data to automated system and online farmers market


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The technology

Sensors

optics

Balloon

Fuel Cell

Structure

Lens housing

Environmental monitoring sensors detect garden and produce parameters and perfect ripeness

Dynamically tunable hemispherical electronic eye camera system with adjustable zoom

Hermetically sealed polymer nanocomposite film

Bulk metallic glass micro fuel cell composed of zirconium and platinum compounds

Light weight carbon composites

Transparent ceramic lens housing


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digital app for analyst

Launch

Loading

Plant zones

User menu

garden metrics

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FARM

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SKYFAR

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Digital interface allows Farm Analyst to connect and view real -  time information on every aspect of the garden and drones.

Plant zones

Historical metrics

Garden output

Drone status

Plant parameters


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consumer app

Skyfarm digital farmers market The secondary aspect to this project was to utilize ubiquitous connectivity and the instantaneous data being collected by the drone to provide a platform for each farm to connect and sell its produce directly to the consumer. Each drone is connected to the Skyfarm online farmers market where they can get real - time updates of what the freshest local produce that’s available for immediate purchase and delivery.


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Small projects


The color silver

the form of Color Design a watch with the qualities and characteristics of a specific color.


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Argentum watch


Favorite foods A day in the life Tell the story of a day in the life of someone you never met. Design an object around their favorite food or drink...Whiskey.


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Whiskey glass


Experience Motorola 2013 – 2014

Industrial Design Intern, Sunnyvale, California • Product design intern in the Consumer Experience Design group • Worked along side senior industrial designers to develop various consumer electronics and accessories • Trend forecasting, concept development, CAD and internal product presentations

Perfect Fitness 2013 – 2014

Industrial Designer, Sausalito, California • Fitness product design • Fully Involved in the design process of multiple products • Participated in all areas of responsibility from research to ideation, production to marketing and client presentation

KIDmob 2013 – 2014

Facilitator and Ambassador, San Francisco, California • Facilitation of design education • Teaching of children and adults to transform learning through the intersection of design, community needs and making • Workshops include Stanford d-School and The Exploratorium

Haas @ Work, UC Berkeley 2013 Towne Park 2009 – 2013

Visual Lead & Graphic Design, Berkeley, California • Designed and coordinated with MBA students to create a cohesive visual presentation and layout for a market innovation pitch to a multi-billion dollar company Assistant Account Manager San Francisco, CA • Manager of valet department of a 1500 room hotel in downtown San Francisco • Responsibilities included: quality control, hiring and interviews, associate discipline, strategic development, financial forecasting and metrics, problem resolution, customer complaints, and clientele relations

Education

Skills Rhino Solidworks 3D Printing Design Research Storyboarding InDesign Photoshop Illustrator

Leadership Quick to learn Big picture thinking Empathy Sense of humor

Awards RSA award winner, 2014 Bill Moggridge Award for Multidisciplinary Design RSA-US Leadership Award for Product Design Techmer PM Award for Design Innovation

2012 – Present

B.A. Industrial Design, The California College of the Arts

CCA All College Honors, 2014

2005 – 2008

English Literature, Santa Rosa Junior College

Student Leadership Award, 2013 and 2014


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