Custom (M)AssificationDecember 21st, 2010

Custom (M)Assification, or what should be instead called, (M)Ass Customization, based on Bob Somol’s Green Dots, is a experiment to integrate the recent Microsoft Kinect gaming platform with architecture. It is also an attempt to produce highly customized furniture pieces, in this case chairs, that would cater to a single individual with his/her specific body traits.

Kinect was used to calculate the depth of a person’s butt at each individual point while in a seating position. This data was extracted and converted into a mesh, which was originally rough but still a breakthrough since it allowed a photograph to be converted directly into a 3-dimensional model.

This mesh was imported into Rhino and AutoCAD for further manipulation. The result was a semi-accurate seating cut-out that would be able to accommodate that specific person.

The goal is to create an interface where these 3-d Kinect meshes can be created at home by the customers and then sent over to manufacturers for custom fitting.

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FUZZy the cat-sitterOctober 4th, 2009

Meet FUZZy: the ultimate cat-sitter! Soft and playful: it was programmed to entertain your cat when you’re not around or have your hands full.
FUZZy can be hung anywhere in a room and adjusted according to your cat’s needs; it can automatically turn on every 15 minutes, half-an-hour, or 45 minutes until you shut it off. We also experimented with different toy sizes and how they would affect cat’s behavior.

FUZZy was first digitally designed in Rhino, then sectioned and physically reproduced in a chip board mold form.

Rhino model from Darya A. Minosyants on Vimeo.


FUZZy was tested on our lazy cat; and believe it or not it worked somehow… Here some first clips of Zaha that we recorded.

FUZZy the cat-sitter from Darya A. Minosyants on Vimeo.

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