March 4, 2019
Once the t-shirt prototype was built, there were issues with the usability of the product. How does one wear and/or take off the t-shirt? Would it better to have something that is a zip-up or buckled
product? How can you counter the warp of the t-shirt with human movement? Hence, to answer these questions a new idea was proposed, that was to create a foam enclosure vest that is buckled from the sides.
Very similar to a “bullet proof vest”, this opened a whole new door as new design challenged occured, such as wire management, motor placement, and noise dissipation due to foam now coming in the product.
For the electrical side, the PCB boards were finished being designed and ordered. Within a week the order arrived and they were soon populated by our team. In addition, the electrical team connected all
the wiring to the vest. The vest was functional, but seperate parts such as the battery and Raspberry Pi were not mounted. 3D parts were printed for the vest.Additionally, although the vest was functional,
there were tasks related to aesthetics that still needed to be worked on. From the software side, code was written to simulate a heatmap of the input data and the compressed data for the symposium.