Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Animated Prototypes 13 - 14

VP14 - Plan

VP14 - Elevation

VP14 - Elevation

Prototype 14

With medium length tubes creating the link, assembly of the prototype easily expands longitudinally on an axis. Further development could allow the system to expand in width.

VP13 - Varying Loops Dependant on Length

VP13 - Plan

VP13 - Elevation

Prototype 13

Composed of two linked tubes anchored by bolt(s), the shorter the link is the less flexible and less chance for other links to join. With increase in length, there is enough flexibility for other links to attach and create a matrix.

1 comment:

Michael Chen said...

Hi Randall

Better, but the question is, what is the performative range of each of these units, or what is the range that you get in the interaction between two? Linking and intertwining are erhaps the beginning of a relationship between two units, but the problem is that they have no degrees of intensity beyond repetition. So you need to add something to the equation - be it a force, or pressure, or changes in spacing, in order to generate an effect.

I wold still suggest not only fastening the ends of the units together with the bolt, but fastening them to a base (try one end, both ends, and different arrangements) to see what kind of uplift and degrees of rigidity and flexibility you get. Look at how changes in the length of the hose give you different degrees of flexibility in the individual unit, and then look at how changes in length over many units pushing against one another will change not only the density of a networked st of units, but will give you different degrees of uplift and rigidity.

Try different organizations, but basic and clear ones like graduated strips, graduate fields arranged in regular matrix, offsets, etc. As with the individual units, make sure that you have a clear idea about the range of effects that you're obtaining from the aggregated models as well.

Hope that helps. Keep the images coming!