Awkward Pause

Awkward Pause is a wearable device which prevents others from conversing with one another, thus causing an awkward situation to develop, forcing someone to break the ice. We want to break the rules of traditional conversations; a device that unconventionally creates another form of conversation. In this case staring at someone but not saying a word.

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Food? YES!

Food? YES!

By Bijun Chen

In our program we spend too much time together. Asking for each other weather if they want to get food together or not becomes a everyday conversation between many of us. This simple device allows two people to communicate by one person makes the “shall we go?” gesture, and the device on the other person vibrates.


Background Research 

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video Documentation

Code and circuit diagram






by: Mahsa Karimi and Sara Gazzaz
Body-Centric Technologies
November 17, 2016



One sign doesn’t fit all is a project focusing on already defined body languages. One doesn’t have to just worry about the words but also their posture, facial expression, eye expression, mouth, head, hand and arm, feet and leg and… . Standing with arms crossed could be perceived as being aggressive, some people also find it defensive and not approachable. What if the person with their arms crossed are just simply comfortable that way? What if they are open to conversation and are very approachable?

One sign doesn’t all corrects the already defined body language and gestures according to each individual.


Based on the posture that one takes and according to that individual’s definition or meaning of that posture, a sign would pop up above their shoulder to redefine it to others. This way no one would misunderstand others’ body posture (language).



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Happiness Fan


HAPPINESS FAN by Shreeya Tyagi







ThermoHero: Therapeutic Superhero Heating Shirt

Assume Super Hero Pose and be almost instantly rewarded with therapeutic heating along your spine.  Designed for spinal injury patients who suffer with chronic pain.


Background Research included interviewing my husband who suffers with chronic pain from a spinal injury.  Chronic pain can be depressing and the superhero pose is a great tool to help regain confidence. Anything that attracts too much attention, he probably wouldn’t wear and so it had to be relatively low key. Creating a system that rewards this pose with therapeutic heating along his spine will make him more likely to assume the pose and help sooth his spine at the same time. Other research was involved with sourcing and figuring out materials.

For the Prototype I used a mountain equipment coop mans black long sleeve shirt as the base. I added conductive material to the fist area of the sleeves and to the hips in lightning shapes. I used conductive thread to trace back to the pocket that I built in the inside back of the shirt. This pocket contains a portable cell phone charger as the battery supply this has stuffing around it for added pillow like comfort. There are two 5V Heating Pad’s 5x15cm placed vertically side by side along the lower spine. The pads are sewn inside nylon so that they are soft and let the maximum amount of heat through. The padded battery is positioned just behind the heating elements so that it can aid in pressing the pads against the skin for maximum effectiveness.


Snoring Mask


In the darkest hours of the night a change has been taking place, turning unsuspecting people into roaring beasts. Breathe Right nasal strips open nasal passages and silence the beast once and for all.





my project is a simple project in and it make those people annoyed when they snore i mean instead of shutting up sonore i am trying to some more weird sounds with this snore mask.

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here are some pictures from mask this mask is made up of form and some dragon whistle and dragon whistle is creating some weird sound out of it.

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this is final video how it look like


Geo-Locket / Proximity Heart

The initial idea was a small pendent that gets brighter as two people get closer. The following .gif shows shows a detail shot of one unit in action.


v.2 was designed around an oversized red LED, and a pair were 3D printed late at night in the Maker Lab.


The idea was one of six initial cards, and seemed the easiest to make for the initial v.1 prototyping session.


The first version was made with Shreeya in our initial prototyping session. Here’s an image of Shreeya and I wearing our super low-tech versions!



Additional Notes

Professor Hartman loaned us some Xbee radio units, to try and help with prototyping. Despite our best efforts we ran out of time, and had to settle on lower-fi iterations. I’m still hoping to go forward with the project, changing the name and shape to ‘Pears’ as a play on words and letting go of the heart to make it *slightly* less cheesy 😉



The project we started with was to create a pair of glasses which would enable your partner to know where you are on a page while reading the same book. Our first low fidelity prototype involved a hacked together pair of glasses from cardboard attached to a wire indicating where the user is looking.



As a future iteration we created a 3d printed frame which would insight non verbal communication between people through light and sound. We called this device “hello”.


Circuit Diagram




By Leon Lu and Marcelo Luft