TENNEY industrial design portfolio 2014
hello I am an industrial design graduate of San JosĂŠ State University. Previously, I have attended other art and design schools such as ENSCI - Les Atelier in Paris, France and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. I love design when taken from a logical, problem solving approach. I believe in products that are fundamentally unique in order to address problems at their source. Our products, made from precious materials, must ight for their lives to remain a part of ours. I hope you enjoy some of my ideas.
VOCE MAGNA FLAT SPEAKER
SIGNATURE GUITAR STAND
THE ACTIVE CAP BY LIFEFACTORY The Active Cap was developed as an alternative to Lifefactoryâ€™s legacy Flip Cap. The design criteria for this project was to develop a bottle top that was leakproof, quick to access, and easy to drink from, all while working within the strict client approved material sets. We came up with the concept of using the properties in spring steel (think binder-clip action) to facilitate an easy opening experience and to ensure that the cap stayed away from your face while drinking.
THE CHALLENGE MAIN TASK Create a new bottle cap to accompany the existing line of bottle caps in the Lifefactory family.
PRACTICAL TASK Create a leak-proof design that will not open accidentally but will stay open when the user is taking a drink without moving. Also, in keeping with the sustainable brand values LifeFactory has, we were asked to design a low cost, low environmental impact cap that can be manufactured in the U.S.
AESTHETIC TASK Design a bottle that its well within its existing product line while giving it more of a sophisticated look. This cap, inspired by Blobjects, was to be the lagship item for a new line of upcoming products.
SKETCHING INTO CAD
THE BINDER CLIP CONCEPT In order get a great snapping action upon opening the cap, and to ensure that the cap stay open, we followed the design of an every-day binder clip. From there, we could detail the look. As far as our research shows, it is the only time this type of design was used in a major brand water bottle.
A WORKING CAP WITH 4 PARTS Many highly-valued reusable bottle caps on the market are made with around 6 parts. Ours is made with only four, two of which were previously existing pieces. In order to accomplish a successful seal with so few parts, serious plastic design needed to be done.
USING MODERN DEVELOPMENT TECHNIQUES SLA FORM EXPLORATION
LOW-RES SLA PROTOTYPE
HIGH-RES SLA PROTOTYPE
SOFT STEEL PROTOTYPE
HARD STEEL PROTOTYPE
CNC URETHANE PROTOTYPE
PRODUCTION READY PART
EARLY STUDIES Studies in volume and surfaces.
DEVELOPMENT AND FINAL 2D to 3D
Development began in the sketch phase. Great 3D forms begin with great proiles. Understanding that the inal form would be rectilinear, I ran a series of sketch exercises that randomly combined rectangles. From this collection, certain combinations caught my attention.
From the sketch stage, I moved forward into 3D forms. These forms evolved bit by bit into the inal that is inally shown on the far right hand side.
The inal form, Cubic, was designed to carry the eye of the viewer continuously about the product. The tension created between the cantilever rectangle and the other rectangles that show stability make the product more engaging for longer periods of time.
DEVELOPMENT AND FINAL Discovering form
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PIERRE French for pebble, this is a nature inspired project developing a portable charger for a halogen battery. This assignment was commissioned by BIC for L’École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle where I studied for a semester.
BIC MADE A BATTERY In 2014, BIC came to ENSCI in hopes to develop a charging station for a new halogen battery that they had created. Since then, the battery has not come to production, at least in the U.S., although the project offered an interesting design opportunity to show life in a product.
BIC’s GOAL: AN ICONIC PRODUCT
WHAT MAKES AN ICONIC PRODUCT? Uniqueness Distribution Social Impact Rarity The Intended User Technology What it Symbolizes Environmental Impact Exposure Viral It’s Purpose The Designer
DISCOVERING THE FORM
NAIL GUN A full process project to design a nail gun considering ergonomics, function and aesthetics. For this project, I focused my research and development solely on pneumatic nail guns.
RESEARCH OF CURRENT DEVICES Understanding the product
MATERIALS USED Aluminum - Main Body Housing Mild Steel - Nail Clip, Safety Mechanism, Air Fitting Tungsten Carbide - Machine Screws, Nail Driver, Pins ABS - Internal Basket, Cylinder, Trigger, Slider Rubber - Seals and Grip
MANUFACTURING PROCESSES Sand Casting Machining Injection Molding Sheet Metal Fabrication
EASY TO USE
RESEARCH OF CURRENT DEVICES Current Market Needs
RATING THE CURRENT MARKET Being a hand tool, nail guns are expected to both be comfortable and easy to use. Testing the best-selling models for these values revealed that the distribution is both wide and evenly spaced. This informed me that small changes in design would not be enough to shake the market. I began to brainstorm completely new innovations.
ADDRESSING NAIL GUN SAFETY Research showed that the single greatest issue with current nail gun models was safety. The majority of the injuries were hand injuries. Therefor, I learned the importance of designing safe interactions with the device during the moment where many of these injuries occurred: driving nails, changing nails, and ixing jams.
ARM 7% HAND 58% LEG 24% OTHER 11% firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTERIOR APPROACH JAM RELEASE This jam release is designed so that it must be snapped open from behind the mechanism. This forces the user to irmly grip the nail gun and face it away from them in order to take care of the jam.
FORWARD FACING VENTS This feature directs air blasts away from the user when the nail is being ired.
PULL - DOWN TRIGGER SAFETY By connecting the safety directly with the trigger, the user can be more aware of it and therefor get in the habit of using it.
FREE SWIVEL HOSE CONNECTION By turning the hose connection into a swiveling joint, this inhibits tugs and binds and the user carries it from place to place.
The following project is a brief look into a design I completed for Green Toys, a company that specializes in toys made from recyclable material. Here, I learned how to use CAD as an effective design tool.
NECK BAND A menâ€™s health product that meets the needs of a clearly deined persona.
DISCOVERING THE PERSONA We started with a person. Each student was assigned to build a life for that person that relects common consumer trends and interests.
SERGIO - THE PAINTER FROM SAO PAULO, BRAZIL Sergio, age 72, has been a painter for over 50 years. As a developing artist in a city as cultural and colorful as Sao Paulo, he grew to deeply appreciate craftsmanship and old school aesthetics. He is what we call, the original hipster.
THE 360 MODEL A 360 model is created from the information discovered in the persona phase. It depicts “a day in the life” of our persona and therefore gives us insight into the life of the demographic for which we are designing.
STEP IN THE 360
MOMENT OF DESIGN OPPORTUNITY
PARTNER IS KEPT AWAKE BY NOISE OF CPAP
BIRD-WATCHING (PERSONAL TIME)
STARTING POINT IN PROCESS
PAINT WORK ADJUSTS WATER LEVEL IN CPAP SLEEPS BREAKFAST
DINNER AND DRINKS CLEANS CPAP MACHINE
RETURNS HOME FOR BED
APPLIES FACE MASK
PARTNER FALLS ASLEEP WAKES
PREPS CPAP FOR USAGE
EMOTION AND VALUE Based on our analysis of his health, interests, style, and culture; we gathered images that reminded us deeply of Sergio, our Brazilian persona.
RUGGED, NATURAL MATERIALS
AUTHENTIC BRAZILIAN CUISINE
UNIQUE WORKS OF ART
SLEEP APNEA AND OUR PERSONA Next, we spent a total of 3 weeks learning everything we could about our personaâ€™s condition, sleep apnea. My personal goal was to develop a product that challenged the current treatment and create something completely new that is right for the persona.
AVOIDING THE DREADED CPAP BY ELECTRONICALLY STIMULATING THE AIR PASSAGES Based on extensive research including studies conducted by Harvard and Stanford, gentle electronic stimulus is effective in contracting the muscles in the throat that cause sleep apnea.
WHY THIS SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR OUR PERSONA Sergio, the persona, is an artist and an intellectual. His style and self image are very important to him. In spite of his old-school nature, he trust new technology so long as it caters to his values.
THE EPIGLOTTIS - THE SMOKING GUN OF SLEEP APNEA
EARLY CONCEPT DEVELPMENT
EASY GRIP CONTROL DIAL
LOW - PROFILE DESIGN
At Sergio’s age, dexterity can be tough. This turn dial is designed for easy grip and manipulation.
Elastic fabric was selected for various neck sizes. The leather binds that material to the main device for an old-school look.
Although personal style is important to Sergio, it should not come at the cost of drawing awkward attention. The device is only as big as it has to be; not so large as to feel “medical.”
USING THE DEVICE
HOW THE DEVICE IS PLACED IN ITS CHARGER
CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC STIMULUS BEFORE SLEEP A turn of the side dial switches on the device and controls the magnitude of electronic stimulus in order to activate the epiglottis and help the user to breathe. email@example.com
VOCE MAGNA FLAT SPEAKER The design of a speaker system: irst for a wealthy client with a blank check, and second for an average consumer hoping to own something similar. In doing so, the intricacies of various materials and processes are evaluated.
THE CLIENT - JAY LENO A RICH GUY THAT LOVES CARS Host of the Tonight Show, Jay Leno has a net worth of $350 million. He is also known for his massive car collection, featuring over 200 different autos from different countries and different decades. With price as no object, he selects his vehicles for several reasons such as technology, elegance, and quality.
CLIENT VALUES TECHNOLOGY Often times, Jay will select a car because it represents a monumental technological feat for its time. It is one of his ways that he represents that he owns the best of the best.
ELEGANCE Jay has a deep appreciation for ine vehicles. Many of them feature excellently designed, hand made parts. Some of the more elegant items in his collection include Bugatti, Ariel, and McLaren.
QUALITY For the amount of vehicles Jay hosts at his garage, he is intimately familiar with all of them. Itâ€™s evident that quality matters to him.
A FLAT SPEAKER FOR OUR CLIENT
PIEZOELECTRICITY This technology uses split second vibrations to generate an electric current. With that, paper thin speakers are possible, and currently exist. This is right for our client because it represents the height of technology in speakers systems, offering optimum clarity within a sleek, small frame.
UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESSES INVOLVED
CASTING Related Processes Design Guidelines Pros Cons Size / Weight Common Materials Finishing Opperations Fastening Methods Typical Parts Part Detail and Tolerance Part Finish Quality Part Durability Sustainability
CARBON FIBOR DRY LAYUP
Rubber Plaster Mold Die Casting
Laser cutting, EDM
Use adequate draft, consistent wall thickness, avoid sharp radii
Cuts best at less than 1 centimeter tickness. ickness. Tight radii rad increase the likelyhood of taper
Structral, sculptural, attractive
Cold, high percision, little material waste
Hard to achieve tight radii. Avoid secondary opperations and undersuts No need to urethane backing, extra durable and light-weight, lower labor cost than we layup
Very expensive parts, heavy, not precise, requires CNC finishing
Slow, high quality achieved under specific perameters
High details add significant produciton time.
Low-mid / light
Large / light
Aluminum, steel, iron, brass, bronze, copper, concrete
Aluminum, steel, marble, concrete, ceramic, composites, wood, glass
Carbon fiber, fiberglass, aramid
Grinding, sandblasting, powder coat, CNC, paint
Trimming and polishing
Through holes or self-tapping screws
Through holes or adhesives
Through holes or adhesives
Machine tools, automotive parts, furniture
Glass and composite parts
BTS wheels, automotive, aircraft
Low except when secondary opperations are employed
High precision edge especially with thin parts or hard materials. Low radii tolerance
Sculptural but avoid small details
Low-mid except when secondary operations are employed
High on all sides
Uses a lot of heat and energy but creates lone-lasting parts
One off to medium volumes. Little waste involved. Long lasting parts
Toxic materials, non-recyclable, but long lasting
FINAL LOW VOLUME LOW VOLUME / CUSTOM DESIGN COST - $1450.00 This design features a combination of ive different manufacturing process and over 200 hours in labor. The technology featured is piezoelectric sound generation.
FINAL HIGH VOLUME HIGH VOLUME / CONSUMER VERSION COST - $360.00 This design features three parts (not including internal speaker components) and comes together with a snap it clam shell body. It also uses dipole speaker technology to achieve a lat speaker design without the cost of piezoelectric technology.
A project directed towards homeowners hoping to ind a way to better self-sustain. The inal product would be sold in IKEA.
RESEARCH COMMUNITY GARDENS Here we learned irst hand many of the intricacies of gardening and sustainable living.
IKEA VISITATION During a visitation to IKEA, we gathered information and understanding on what makes an IKEA product, product family, display, etc.
A DEVICE FOR PLANTING AND HARVESTING AT THE RIGHT TIME
TWO PARTS First, you have the ring. Different rings correspond to different vegetables. Second, you have the main device. This both operates the rings and informs the user when to plant these vegetables and when to harvest them
A SYSTEM FOR THE NEW GARDENER jun
Adding more and more rings (more and more vegetables) gives a novice power to build a garden to it their needs and abilities.
HOW IT WORKS
PARTS OF THE RING Rotary device: This turns the ring at its own speciic rate so that it can correspond to its vegetables speciic schedule. Marker: This piece will be the one to direct the user on when to plant, and when to harvest, that particular vegetable.
ORBITS THAT FOLLOW A VEGETABLEâ€™S CYCLE After a ring is added to the device upon set-up, it will automatically align itself to its proper position on the device for that day of the year. dec
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO PLANT? mar
Different vegetables must be planted at different times of the year. To know when seed is ready for planting, look at its corresponding ring. If the marker on the ring is directly in the center of the yellow region, you have arrived at the optimum planting period of the year.
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO HARVEST? Like planting, harvesting must occur at different times of the year for different vegetables. As the ring marker passes over the center of the orange region, the harvesting period is approaching.
krets the gardenerâ€™s friend
guided gardening at its best Each ring represents a vegetable in your garden. As they shift position throughout the year they pass over areas of the device that indicate optimum planting and harvesting periods. Whether you are a irst time gardener, an experienced gardener, or a gardenless city dweller looking for some greenery inside the house, youâ€™ll see this product as the tool you didnâ€™t know you were missing.
1 set of plant rings
$87.00 Available plant ring packages include: herb starter kit alkaline diet competitive gardener and others...
SIGNATURE GUITAR STAND The development of a guitar stand to be used in a hypothetical crowdfunding campaign.
LOW COST / HIGH FUNCTION
HIGH COST / HAND - CRAFTED
This group comprises the majority of guitar stands in the market. It goes to show that stands are rarely thought of as works of art, just displays for other works of art, the guitars.
A few manufacturers understand that stands can be a very beautiful backdrop for instruments. The top sellers are embellished, hand-crafted, and wooden.
AVERAGE COST - $25.00
AVERAGE COST - $500.00 AREA OF FOCUS
For this project, I hoped to accomplish a guitar stand design that has the qualities consumers look for in quality stands but at a cost that is at least half of the average cost of high quality brands.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGNS
PROVE IT CAN WORK Pie in the sky ideas only go so far. Within the past few years, Kickstarter has required an actual model to accompany campaigns. A functional model is even more effective.
Backers need to know that their dollar is going somewhere. If they donate money in exchange for a product, you must prove that product can be delivered.
PIGGIYBACK OFF SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS By piggybacking off successful existing products, you are appealing to a large market that already exists. For this reason, accessories do very well.
STRAGETIZE INCENTIVES It is important to offer incentives that entice small spenders and big spenders alike. Many campaigns offer a thank you email for donations of one dollar.
PRODUCT SOVLES THE PROBLEM Have a product that clearly addresses the need. Without this, backers cannot be inspired with what you are trying to provide.
CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT THE FINAL DIRECTION Eventually, my ideation led me to a form that was reminiscent of the elegant form of the guitar itself. this would go on to be the main design inspiration for the inal.
HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT FOR CHEAP The materials used here are cherrywood laminates, padding, and high-performance nylon. This product is built to last. Both the back and the base can be made from the same form, thereby cutting the cost of labor in half.
COST OF PRODUCT DURING CAMPAIGN - $100.00 COST OF PRODUCT AFTER CAMPAIGN - $200.00
IT CAN BE MADE A inal funcitonal model is the ultimate way to show that a product can be made. Plus, you get the added beneit of showing the product in context.
PIGGYBACK OFF SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS Market research showed that there was a huge interest in musical instruments, especially guitars. By making a stand, I provide an accessory people can see in their onw lives.
STRAGETIZE INCENTIVES My incentives included everything from thank you letters, to products for sale, to offering material and design choices to high backers. I tried to include as many inancial demographics as possible.
PRODUCT SOVLES THE PROBLEM This product is made with quality materials in a way that is much more cost-effective than the competition.
CHILDâ€™S PROSTHETIC A group design for a low cost childrenâ€™s prosthetic using a combination of user understanding and testable prototyping.
WHERE IS THE NEED?
A great number of children in Colombia have amputated limbs. This is not only a hindrance in life in general, but more so in childhood. Also, designing for use in Colombia brought a dire need for a robust and effective product.
TOP CAUSES OF LIMB AMPUTATION AMONGST CHILDREN IN COLOMBIA Motorcycle Accidents Leftover Landmines Snake Bites Diabetes
THE SYNTHETIC LEG AND ITS PARTS
SOCKET Sockets are needed to be tight enough around the stump so sores and rashes do not accumulate. However, they must be able to adjust to leg growth, especially in children.
KNEE Knees must allow for at least 30 degrees of swing and still be able to rebound quickly with the leg is still in step.
PYLON Pylons must be a stable support for the body. For children, adjustability is equally important.
FOOT Feet offer an interesting challenge. Stability and mobility are both paramount, but how those features compliment one another makes for a myriad of different walking experiences.
GETTING TO KNOW THE MECHANICS A great number of children in Colombia have amputated limbs. This is not only a hindrance in life in general, but more so childhood.
1st AREA OF FOCUS: HEEL STRIKE In order to make the heel strike function properly, there canâ€™t be any parts of the prosthetic that are hanging loose and creating awkward lifting sensation for the user.
PRE - SWING TOE OFF
INITIAL MID - SWING
MID - SWING
2nd AREA OF FOCUS: INITIAL MID - SWING The big toe provides more than just stability in the leg. It also features the largest muscle in the foot responsible for launching the body forward to the next step.
BUILDING AND TESTING Shown here are just a few of the mock-ups designed and used to test different ideas. My main focus at this stage was the relationship between the articulation of the foot and the knee.
This mock-up showed the importance of tow articulation which allows the walker to comfortably lift their left as they gear up for the next step.
Here, I adapted the tow articulation only to ind that it is unsuccessful without a spring force that rebounds it back into place.
Finally, I built a robust mock-up from acrylic laminates that used a galvanized aluminum spring to reset the tow as well as give it enough tension to be used for push force.
COSTED BILL OF MATERIALS
LOW COST AND ROBUST PROJECT COST REQUIREMENT - $30 OUR FINAL COST - $19.28
DESIGNING FOR DURABILITY The majority of our product is made from high density polyethylene. It was chosen for its impact resistance, corrosion resistance, machinability, and resistance to moisture and weather ware. Parts are fastened with galvanized steel set screws and bolts.
DESIGNING FOR LOW COST Making the leg has little cost in labor compared to many other alternatives. The manufacturing processes involved are laser-cutting, 3D printing, and minimal plastic fabrication. All other parts are stock and can be bought at low cost. In order to economically justify using HDPE, we had to search high and low for an affordable local plastic source that crafters in Colombia could use.
FEATURES TO BENEFIT THE USER IT FITS IN A SHOE Many modern prosthetic foot designs end up bulky and awkward in their attempt to reinvent the foot. By embracing the foot’s natural mechanisms, we made a design that its in a shoe, a garment designed around living feet. If a child wants to cover the prosthetic to it in, that can be their choice.
A FOOT DESIGN THAT FOLLOWS NATURE’S MECHANISMS Many prosthetics feature feet that are nothing like how feet are built naturally. We decided early on to follow, and build towards, nature’s example. As a result, we have a foot that feels more familiar to a new user.
A STYLE CHILDREN CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT We wanted to embrace the personality and power of a conident child of Colombia. Here, we don’t hide the mechanisms but instead celebrate them in a look that is both unique and, quite frankly, cool.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONAL FLARE Because our fairing is made from pieces of laser cut and heat-formed acrylic, it offers a unique opportunity for kids to select a design that its their personality. Once the fairing is made, it snaps right on the pylon. The colors and patterns are interchangable as well to it different looks.
SECURE YET FLEXIBLE SOCKET TO ACCOUNT FOR CHILD GROWTH As children grow, the prosthetic needs to adjust to those changes. We use elastic fabric in a heat-formed HDPE cuff to account for those adjustments.
A KNEE THAT RESETS ITSELF AFTER ACHIEVING OPTIMUM BENDING ANGLE Like the foot, the knee is equipped with a spring chosen because of its gage. This gage gives it just the right amount of lexion before rebounding. www.willtenney.net
AETHER A collection of real-world research that drives the design of a domestic product that involves emerging technology and biomimicry.
WHAT IS IT?
Aether is an air ilter designed for home use. It not only powers itself but also collects energy for the home. Shown here are the two products designed within the same family: one for tabletop placement and the other to be mounted on a wall.
RESEARCH USER RESEARCH
RESEARCH THRESHOLDS (DISCOVERED THROUGH INTERVIEWS)
As a class, we collectively visited over 40 homes, gathering real world opinions, photographs, and general data about life for families and homeowners. During the process, our group discovered that these folks held to certain values including sustainability, health, cleanliness, organization, and security / home control.
The photos below are actual photos of some of these homes we visited. We use these images with permission from the families.
The photos below are actual photos of some of these homes we visited. We use these images with permission from the families.
“OUR DAUGHTER HAS AN EXTREME CASE OF ASTHMA. DOCTORS TELL US THAT KEEPING THE AIR CLEAN AND HAVING AN AIR FILTER IN THE HOUSE WILL HELP WITH HER SYMPTOMS.” “WE SET UP WINDOW FANS TO KEEP THE AIR FRESH WHEN IT’S FEELING MUSKY INSIDE.” “I HOPE TO INCORPORATE MY GARAGE INTO THE HOUSE AND USE IT FOR MORE THAN JUST STORAGE, BUT I KEEP IT SHUT OFF DUE TO THE SMELL AND AIR QUALITY.” firstname.lastname@example.org
TECHNOLOGY AND BIOMIMICRY Our research informed us about several emerging technologies and applicable nature-inspired designs. We worked to chose the right ones to fulill the needs of the user.
MULTIPLE MATERIAL 3D PRINTING
With this technology, we could design an air ilter that satisies several functional needs without creating more parts for manufacturing or a lot of visual clutter.
Understanding how this process works allowed us to develop a system that draws energy directly from the atmosphere and converts it into fuel. This way, the family need not worry about the device consuming any extra power from the grid.
This is a naturally occurring pattern. We employed it in our design to maximize surface area and stability so that we could create a ilter that operates eficiently through a beautiful structure the family can appreciate.
GOOGLE PROJECT SOLI
BIOLOGIC PROGRAMMABLE BACTERIA
Nature can use light to communicate. We were inspired by this and developed a ilter that would do the same for the family, glowing as it collected energy.
This technology allows us to use the glass casing as an information interface controlled by remote movements. We felt that this created a clean, simple way for users to operate the device.
Using this new technology from the University of San Francisco, we imagined a device that incorporates living components that respond to atmospheric changes to inform the user that it is working.
HOW IT WORKS
BREATHING FOR THE HOME Shown to the right is a look inside the mechanics of the tabletop version. The voronoi ilter is removed to make the process easier to see. Outside air is drawn in by a fan. Contaminants in the atmosphere are captured in the ilter. Carbon dioxide funnels down into the base of the device where is is converted into a fuel for the product. This is how Aether breathes.
IMPORTANT COMPONENTS SHOWN H2O Vapor Reservoir Fuel Cell Chemical Reduction Chamber Fan / Vacuum Chamber
MOCKUP PROGRESSION Every mockup generated for this project is shown left. Here, we experimented with proportion, display, and hashed out details like switches and stands. Early on, we understood that a small footprint was necessary to eliminate clutter in the personaâ€™s household.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS SMALL FOOT PRINT Our product was designed to take up as little space as possible, no more than a small lamp. This is in direct response to the user value of organization.
THE RIGHT MATERIALS We selected polypropylene for the main body because of its chemical and corrosion resistance. Multiple material 3D printing allows us to use excess material to be reprocesses into new products and not thrown into waste.
A CLEAN LOOK Tinted glass was our way of hinting to the magic inside, the nature-inspired 3D printed ilter. The soft white exterior was selected for its clean appearance.
VISUAL POETIC COMMUNICATION Our research of Biologic, programmable bacteria, allowed us to design a ilter that glows as it captured contaminants. This is our subtle way of showing the user its working, in a manner that comes and goes, as if the product is breathing for the house.
SELF - POWERING / CORDLESS As Aether gathers particulates and contaminants in the air, it gathers carbon dioxide. It uses this carbon dioxide to generate power in a fuel cell. Therefor, it can run itself without drawing any power from the grid.
USING NATURE TO OPTIMIZE DESIGN The 3D printed membrane, inspired by the naturallyoccurring voronoi structure, maximizes both surface area and stability.