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Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab ME316 Spring 2015

Input Designs

Designs and Process

Design Parameters

  • Sitting on the rock should trigger the movement of the entire system
  • The rock should be comfortable, but also have a “natural” feel
  • The rock should be capable of powering the entire system in an efficient manor (Should not require an excessive or uncomfortable amount of force input by the user)

*Each of the designs listed below could be paired up in a variety of fashions. For example, the pedals could still be accompanied by the boat, or the rock design could still potentially use a hand-crank or paddles.

Rock / Motor

Motor and Switch Concept


 

Description:

The rock acts as a simple trigger. The rock (made of a low budget material) will be on a hinge or spring.  When the viewer sits down, the rock will be allowed to tip back slightly and trip a trigger, starting an electric motor that will power the various sub-systems’ operations.

Pros:

  • No user input required
  • Has a clear trigger.

Cons:

  • Cost of motor and electricity
  • Dependent on electric power source.

 

 

Rock / Pedals

Rock Pedals Concept


Description:

The rock will act as a seat where the user then has to manually power the other sub-systems. When the viewer sits down, they will be able to begin pedalling, which will power the operations of the Machinescape.

Pros:

  • Independent of electricity
  • User can control speed

Cons:

  • Requires user input

 

 

Boat / Paddles

Boat Paddles Concept


Description:

Similar to the pedal-powered operation, the boat will act as a seat where the user then has to manually power the other sub-systems. When the viewer sits down, they will be able to begin “rowing”, which will power the operations of the Machinescape.

Pros:

  • Independent of electricity
  • User controls speed

Cons:

  • Requires user input

 

 

 

Washington State University