For our Look, Ask, Learn, and Try assignment, we set up inside of Stauffer B asking various Digital Culture students to try playing with our prototype. We did not use our finalized prototype as we are stilling working on it, but just a smaller circuit that demonstrates the technology we are incorporating into our project.
Look: Some people find our circuit prototype that they played with a little underwhelming. Others find it really intriguing that a sensor they are used to using as a speaker for playing audio could possibly produce voltage to power a circuit without the use of a battery. The overall reaction to our entire concept is really positive and people say they’d love to see our concept replace traditional lighting and power systems in the future.
Ask: Feedback we received are incorporating more or larger capacitors into our circuit to keep our LED lit for longer periods of time and the suggestion to use sensors that require less work for a user to produce voltage. Our piezo disks require a lot of charging with human pressing for such little output of light.
Try: We’ve included a video of us trying the prototype and a photo example of people trying it out. This trying helps us gather ideas on what we can change to make producing power easier.
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Learn: Problems we see with our idea is how we might handle rain, wear and tear, and other conditions that could destroy our circuit/pressure panels, ultimately making our idea unsustainable. They could be too much maintenance needed if the product we made isn’t sturdy and protected from elements that could cause fires or other safety hazards. Electricity can be dangerous and our circuit could even be safety hazard for people walking on it if it wears over time.