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.
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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.

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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.

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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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