YES WE CAN BOX

 

project title
Yes I Can Box

names of group of members

Afaq Ahmed Karadia

– Nadine Lessio

Thoreau Bakker

Concept:
The ‘Yes I Can Box’ is a simple tool for reducing anxiety. This portable device is intended as a coping mechanism, providing self soothing immersive light on demand at the push of a button. It delights the eye with a range of colour washes and patterns, and this delight is amplified when shared with others.

The concept is both a practical solution during and from the outcome of our research. Our team consolidated a direction for hardware relatively early in the twelve day cycle, but experienced increasing tension while trying to reach consensus about the marrying of concept to code. Frequency of events and what those events represented, consistency of home vs school network access, and trying to do justice to the twin eight hour formats, were all factors influencing our struggles. For these reasons, we decided to keep the concept simple, and really focus on the execution of the build parameters — making a rugged circuit and polished portable device, fully functional and ready for our user testing.

While the concept is simple, it speaks to an important issue. Most of us experience some level anxiety on a weekly — if not daily — basis, and we would argue an important factor in mental health is the way we deal with these challenges. The tools we use (psychological, physical, social) are acquired as navigate life. Some are taught to us as children, some we learn from our environment. Some coping tools are healthy (talking with friends, exercise), while others are not (substance abuse, self harm).

We are not psychologists and have neither the experience nor the visions of grandeur to promote this as a ‘solution’. This project is just a small gesture both to ourselves and to the world — a simple and delightful portable device that elicits a real (if fleeting) moment of comfort and pleasure.

 

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project description, including overview of object and intended context and users

Human thinking is accompanied by a variety of subjective experiences, including moods and emotions, metacognitive feelings (like ease of recall or fluency of perception), and bodily sensations. A new interpretation is given to the controversy over emotions by identifying the conscious differentiating aspect of the emotions with the feelings. Four differentiable feelings are recognized: pain-unpleasantness, pleasure-pleasantness, excitement, and depression. In accord with the Cannon theory, the anatomical seat of these processes is assumed to be projection areas of the thalamus. Pain and unpleasantness are assumed to differ only in degree, as are also pleasure and pleasantness. The characteristic tone of the emotions is supposed therefore to result from these affective components. This would account for the failure to find visceral or behavioral differentia for the emotions, and would not throw the whole burden of differentiation on the perception of the stimulus situation

The relations of emotion and feeling is connected together to formulate and human action these action can be any things such as modes and senses, emotional variations. This project is reaction to daily emotions and feelings.

Video Link:

Device Images:

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production materials
Wood
Acrylic
Silicon Wire
Proto Board

feather huzzah

NeoPIxel Stick

Design Process :

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BIlls of Material: 

FEATHER HUZZAH WITH ESP8266 WIFI*** FEATH-002821 Adafruit / Creatron 24.5 3 73.5 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/feather-huzzah-with-esp8266-wifi/?search_query=huzzah&results=4
8 RGB WS2812 ADDRESSABLE STICK* LEDRG-012668 Adafruit / Creatron 6.95 3 20.85 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/8-rgb-ws2812-addressable-stick/?search_query=neopixel+stick&results=1
26AWG SILICONE WIRE – RED* WIRSI-001877 Creatron 2.25 1 2.25 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/26awg-silicone-wire-red/
26AWG SILICONE WIRE – BLACK* WIRSI-001881 Creatron 2.25 1 2.25 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/26awg-silicone-wire-black/?search_query=silicon+wire&results=13
26AWG SILICONE WIRE – YELLOW* WIRSI-001879 Creatron 2.25 1 2.25 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/26awg-silicone-wire-yellow/?search_query=silicon+wire&results=13
LITHIUM ION BATTERY – 850MAH* UBATT-008481 Creatron 15.55 3 46.65 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/lithium-ion-battery-850mah/
16.5 X 11CM PROTOTYPING BOARD WITH TRACE PCBDA-990020 Creatron 6.4 3 19.2 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/165-x-11cm-prototyping-board-with-trace11/
SMALL SPDT SLIDE SWITCH* SWSLI-009609 Creatron 1.1 3 3.3 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/small-spdt-slide-switch/
1/4W 5% RESISTOR (10 PACK)*** RESIS-500025 Creatron 0.25 1 0.25 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/14w-5-resistor-10-pack/
16MM MOMENTARY SWITCH – PANEL MOUNT SWPUS-001445 Creatron 1.65 3 4.95 https://www.creatroninc.com/product/16mm-momentary-switch-panel-mount/
SUB TOTAL 175.45
TAX RATE 0.15
TAX 26.3175
SHIPPING 0 (items are in Toronto)
TOTAL 201.7675

Final circuit diagram:

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Final Code:

https://github.com/sharkwheels/CC_portables

BUILDING PROCESS:

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User testing materials:

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User testing plan

Devices have a built in charging circuit. So they don’t need extra batteries, but they do need to be fully charged before starting.

For a repair kit we’re going to need:

→ micro screwdriver to unscrew it if needed.
→ electrical tape, in case a connection busts.
→ micro USB charging cable

During Field Testing:

Most of our data collection during will be personal journaling (maybe just one entry). The goal of this box is to help relieve anxiety, so writing a journal entry about how we were feeling, what else is happening in our lives, and how external things are affecting

link to end-of-session report forms
http://tinyurl.com/portablesForm

link to data collected

 

VIDEO LINKS

TESTING PROCESS : 

Devices have a built in charging circuit. So they don’t need extra batteries, but they do need to be fully charged before starting. The connections are female headers attached straight to the summary of the testing process

ather vs a proto board. For a repair kit we’re going to need:

→ micro screwdriver to unscrew it if needed.

→ electrical tape, in case a connection busts.

→ micro USB charging cable to charge if low

Before photos will be of the assembled device, fully charged.

During:

Most of our data collection during will be personal journaling. The goal of this box is to help relieve stress, so writing a daily journal will be about how we were feeling, what else is happening in our lives, and how external things are affecting you.

End of Session Report

→  how would you describe your general emotional disposition?

→  how do you generally cope with anxiety?

→  what were your expectations before using the device?

→  how many times do you think you used the button today?

→  what situations did you find yourself mostly using the button in?

→  Did it improve your mood or help?

→  Did it break / did you have to repair it?

→  Do you think it could be helpful to others?

Crunching Data

Debriefing convo:

→ Round table talk about what worked form wise and what didn’t

→ How the device got in the way of the day or didn’t.

→ Did we end up using the device for a different purpose that its intended use?

→ Did it actually help us?

What will you do w/ the media collected:

→ Probably throw together a small mini site or blog w/ journaling and pictures.

Build Issues
Some of the issues we ran into code wise were mostly related to libraries not playing nice with one another. Originally this item was going to be networked, but it was discovered that the Adafruit IO rest library intereferred with the neopixels / neopattern non-blocking option due to a re-connection script running the background. A work around is still being looked at. Other build issues were related mostly to switch placement. Because the project flip flopped a bit, considerations on where to put an off switch, have the recharge connection facing out, or a panel button were done somewhat on the fly. But our case design was modular so as a first run, it worked out in the end. There were also some parts related consistency issues around what was available locally. For example: difference in size of Adafruit branded pixel strips and non-branded pixel strips.

references & related works

Related Works:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58pxJ8z1Vow

Form Studies:

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Everyday Carry:

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