Yukti’s Little Printer

I find myself at discord between planning digitally vs analog. I like the the ease of thinking about my plan for the day through a digital template. At the same time, I find it a little distraction to refer to my plan digitally. My brain starts to check the other thousands of exciting screens pop ups on my phone. I like the non distracting nature and the touch of analog plans on paper. I like to strike things off that list. This made me think of a my own ‘Little Printer’. Little Printer is a small smart printer, connected to my devices through the internet. It prints me out my to-do and plan for the day every morning at 7am and a nourishing recipe from my go to dinner recipe repository every evening at 7pm.

Here’s its circuit prototype and a sketch of its form.

Video description:

I plan to make the video very graphic, focusing mainly on the printing aspect. I want to use complementary colors and make the device look very attractive with maybe snippets of the morning story and the evening cooking story or just me speaking the scenario in the backdrop.

Here’s a link to my Instructibles account :


Here’s the link to my Google Docs.


Sama Srinivas – Warm Hugs: A Sun Lamp For Seasonal Depression

My mother used to put me to sleep by covering my eyes with her cool hand. It’s a memory that fills me with a lot of warmth. While surrounded by the darkness in the winter time, thinking of family and comfort is especially warming to the soul and body. Warm Hugs is informed by that personal memory and sentiment.

Warm Hugs is a sculptural lamp for those who endure seasonal depression during the cold, winter months. It is a natural alarm clock triggered by the sunrise and can also act as a warm lamp during the dark hours.

Final Product:





I forgot to take pictures of the clay modeling (probably because my hands were so full of clay)

Learnings + Future Projections

I had a lot of failures in this process, and I think the biggest lesson I learned is the first thing you try might not work, so always have a back up plan. I originally thought I could make my sculpture out of foam and use a hot wire cutter to shape it. That turned out to be an expensive epic failure. Thankfully, I pivoted to clay and it turned out pretty great.

I also learned to think ahead while troubleshooting circuit and code construction. I soldered both sides of my strip because I wasn’t sure what side needed to be facing the Huzzah, and that saved me a lot of time in the long run.

In terms of further refinements, I would have loved to use my clay model as a positive mold and make the final prototype in plaster and possibly also make the base in wood. But the planter plate ended up looking great after being painted.

I also would have loved to work on my video a little more. I didn’t get the opportunity to film during sunrise time, which would have added to the feel of the video I think. Overall, this was a very interesting journey with lots of twists and turns.

Instructables Draft

Shun Cheng’s final project ray gun

I’m such a big fan of toys and products that’s my passion and reason for studying Products of design at SVA. In my final project, I want to make a ray gun that combines sound and light effects. Having fun while building this ray gun is my goal and learn how to use an Arduino soundboard.

Main Scene

  1. enter the RPG game scene
  2. gear store
  3. select your gear
  4. show gear detail
  5. ready to go

I may also ask for help our classmate’s help if they want to show their Halloween project in the video

You(=I) Electronic Beating Heart

For my final project, I am making an electronic beating heart with a heart rate simulator. This is a unique way to show your feelings towards someone that you are into, by beaming the lights according to your heart rate. When you hold the figure in your hands, the lights shine and show how nervous you are when standing in front of someone that you have always been longing for.

Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14VouTckLKteHaaX9FlbXrbm_4z0uudHHnqyCpzqJBrQ/edit?usp=sharing


The Outcast’s Rest, Sealed Binding Locker of the Putrighast.

“On the night of Samhain ages ago, a violent presence from the blackness overtook a young boy named Tiredain. His mind was wrung into a manifestation of darkness and his body was repeatedly crushed and remade into the very visage of unnatural evil. His odor was of the days of plague carts and his voice was of crackling embers under a screen of wet phlegm. This was the Putrighast. It was sealed away in an adorned box by an unknown enchanter. The Putrighast still calls out to this day to be released.”

The video will feature a montage of the construction of the box as a mystical object through many close up dutch angle shots of the details. During the montage, the above narration would be given. It will then cut to a wide angle shot of the box and people walking in front of it, the box will speak as people pass by, expect it won’t sound like some monster, it will just be a normal dude politely asking people to let him out because “they got the wrong guy”.

Detailed circuit diagram:

One of the sketches:

Instructables Profile: https://www.instructables.com/member/zyao5/

Instructions Draft: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qHumO1rPoKP4zSzzHhj3xNKTy88Fg85FaRMjtnroL_Y/edit?usp=sharing

EatWhat – final project


I always spend a lot of time deciding what to eat since I have so many options, it’s hard to just pick one from them. Therefore, I want to design a product to decide it for me. Speaking of luck, gambling can not be overlooked, and then dice, roulette and slot machines come to mind. My first several ideas are around dice and roulette, but finally choose slot machine as the form.

Main scene in the videos:

The first scene will be a persona asking about what to eat, show she phone screen.

The second scene will be the time pass and her anxiety

The third scene will be the ad of EatWhat showed when she watches YouTube and she places an order of it

The next scene will be the delivery and the usage of EatWhat:
Pull down the handle, the machine rolls, light blink with sound, the result shows, light stop blinking
Show how much time it takes

The last scene will show her smile and happy moment eating with friends, and the rolling machine

Electronic Wooden Fish

This project is a fish-shaped electronic wooden fish made of acrylic panels. The top of the wooden fish will show the number of times I tap it. Also, the number of taps and the sound of tapping are controlled by my phone. Whenever I realize that I have done something wrong, I can remotely tap the electronic wooden fish with my phone to accumulate merits.

Description for my project video: The video will consist of several scenes. The first scene is when I watch a video about subway fare evaders. During the second scene, I begin to think about how to avoid fares. The third scene is me sneaking to the subway station to try to avoid fares. And background music, the sound of wooden fish, fades in. The fourth scene is when I realize that this act is a mistake, so I pick up my phone to “tap the wooden fish”. The final scene is when the wooden fish in my room starts to sound and counts the number of times I have tapped it.

Link the Google docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1076TR5m13znQNARt3jW91j-RiYkOgTGRD3CFweDOvzE/edit?usp=sharing

Link the Instructables: Ryang18’s Activity – Instructables

Sama – Final Project WIP

For my final project, I will be making a sculptural sun lamp to combat seasonal depression! The idea is for people like me who tend to lose a lot of motivation and energy during the winter months where our sun exposure is less than normal.

In terms of the market for these lamps, there are a lot out there. Looking at form, a lot of the shapes are classic geometric shapes especially round spheres, rectangles and lines.

When looking at functionality, a lot of these are golden hour projections or just regular lamps that give off a warm white light. I wanted to add a differentiator to my idea which is having the lamp wake up up at night and be used as a night light during the evening i.e. adding alarm clock functionality. I want to connect my huzzah to a weather api so the sunrise and sunset can trigger the alarm sequence.

But when looking at the market again, it was saturated with spherical versions of this idea.

So I thought one differentiator could definitely be form. But I as also thinking of how I can add functionality to this as well. So I wanted to add functionality that if you got a text from someone you love ‘i.e. Mom’ this would trigger a reaction in the lights as well.

Final Idea:

Based on all of this research, my final project is [name undecided].

I have 3 goals for this product:

  1. Needs to be easily accessible from bed (thinking about size and placement)
  2. Should have an intriguing story (it is a sculpture)
  3. Should be pretty! (so it can appeal to lots of people)

Form: (Might not be this exact position, but abstract figures yes)

I want the material to be like a plaster? or an earthy stone-like looking material (which could be done in post prodcition)


My mother used to put me to sleep by covering my eyes with her cool hand. It’s a memory that fills me with a lot of warmth. It made me less afraid of the dark which in the winter is what we are surrounded by. I think the idea of family and support and comfort during the winter is especially warming to the soul and body. The form of this product is informed by that personal memory and sentiment.

Final Project Video:

For my final project video, I would like to set the scene with a mother putting her daughter to sleep but it will be reminiscent and nostalgic in terms of coloring. Then it will fastforward to the daughter grown up walking in the winter blowing on her hands to keep warm. She is walking home and goes into her apartment that is dark and dreary. She sighs. But she notices a package waiting by the door and its from her mom. She opens it and finds [name]. She reads the note left by her mom and smiles. She plugs it in and goes to bed. Cut to the morning where she wakes up with the lamp and is happy and humming.

Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PuXFkS6zfixkMVf0BXRLgX-nKgosK4lOc3Ksw9SHWVc/edit?usp=sharing

Instructables: https://www.instructables.com/member/samasrinivas/