Randall Boo – the Cute Plush Monsty

The idea for my night light was inspired from the concept of how kids are scared of “monsters under the bed”. I wanted to change or reduce the fear within kids by creating a cute monster that the kids can hug when they go to sleep. My monster, named Randall Boo, lights up when you hug. The lights are placed in the main hug touch points, like the arms and the heart.

The materials I used for the project were:

  • Soft stretchy orange fabric
  • Dark blue silk-like fabric
  • Thread – white and orange
  • 3 white LEDs
  • Stranded wires
  • 3 100 ohm resistors
  • Heat shrink tubes
  • Battery pack with switch
  • 3 AAA batteries
  • White cotton stuffing

My Journey

I was very excited for this project as a lot of things I did were for the very first time. I made a plan on what materials to use, where to place the LEDs, how to sew the pieces together and so on.

I started my process with the soldering of the LEDs as I wanted to make sure I had enough time to get the lighting up of the LEDs right. The soldering was a lot of fun and getting the LEDs to light up was a very proud moment for me!

The sewing was a little challenging since my plush monster had a few parts that had to be stitched together. I had to plan out my sewing steps as my LEDs were positioned in different areas of the plush toy. Since I had LEDs in the arms, I had to place them before stitching it all together. Hence, I used the machine to sew the different parts and hand sew the different parts together instead of using the machine.

Another challenge I faced during the process was the breaking of my circuit. After all the components were put together, the battery wire broke from the parallel LED circuit as I had forgotten to add the heat shrink tubes there and hence, had to re-solder the battery wire to the circuit. This time I remembered to add the heat shrink tubes!

Here are some more pictures of my process:

If I had more time to work on this project, I would have definitely added more “sass” to my monster character like I have shown in my initial sketch. I would have added a belt, more flare to the pants and arms and a pocket to the pants to keep the battery pack. I also wanted to add velcro to the arms so that the arms would stick when you hug it. Moreover, I would have experimented a bit more with the LEDs to see what combination of the LEDs worked the best for the toy.

Even though this project was quite challenging, I definitely learned a lot. I can sew a button or a small tear with confidence now! And Randall Boo is going to be my desk buddy from here on!

Heba’s Plush Night Light Proposal

I wanted my plush night toy to be something that kids love to hug all night. My initial idea was to design it in the shape of a crab because more “hands” to hug!

However, I decided to change it since the making of all “hands” might not turn out the way I want it to.

So the idea I will be working on now is a twist on the concept of “Monsters under the bed” and turn it into “Monsty to hug on your bed”!

Since it’s meant to be hugged by kids between the age of 6-10 years when they go to sleep, I wanted to make the arms long and maybe add velcro straps to the end of the arms so that the kids could strap it onto their arms or anywhere they wish and wouldn’t feel alone at night. I was also thinking of using a fabric that stretches so that the kids can play with it without having to worry about tearing the toy.

The LED lights would be placed on the main hug touch points like the arms and heart of the plush toy. 3 LEDs would be used for each touch points.

I got various kinds of fabric and few scrap patches, like the white frilly patch, as I want to experiment by creating different patterns, bring in different textures on it and learn how to sew them all into one toy!

Flip UltraHD Camera Teardown

For my teardown assignment, the product I chose was the Flip UltraHD camcorder during the Yankee Swap. When I got the product, I started exploring it on the surface level and found the in-built usb connector and a sling to wear the camera over your hands. The usb was a fascinating feature as it’s not something I’ve come across in cameras, especially for its time. 

Before I talk about my process, a little bit about the video camera. The Flip UltraHD is a pocket-friendly camcorder with an 8 GB built-in memory that can record unto 120 minutes of 720p videos. It was acquired by Cisco, which is an IT and networking brand, in 2009 from Pure Digital. However, Cisco discontinued the product of Flip around 2011 as the company was realigning their operation. Some of the prominent features of this camera is that it’s easy to use, has rechargeable AAA batteries and includes FlipShare which is software that is compatible with Mac and Windows devices. Some of its drawbacks were that it does not have slot for memory card and has no cable to connect to HDTVs. 

The Process

Progress 1
Progress 2

Initially, it seemed like the process was going to be easy and pretty straightforward. However, like most things, that was not the case. Never did I imagine that I would be dismantling every single part of this camera. Various tools were used to tear this camera to bits. 

Tools Used:

Screwdriver

The biggest challenge throughout the process was finding the right screwdrivers as there were screws of various sizes and all of them were relatively small too. Out of them, removing 2 screws attached to the circuit board was close to impossible and after great help from my classmates and the VFL team, I finally had to cut it out using a plier (the screw still attached to the plastic in the image).

Pliers

Some of the parts were bolted pretty tight and hence, required a plier to be able to separate it from the rest. As mentioned earlier, it was used to cut out one of the screws as well as to remove the circuit boards. 

Exacto knife and Heat gun

Both these tools were used to take out the black front panels since they were glued pretty tight to the rest of the camera. 

Components

All the components within the camera

Here is a list of some of the major components in the Flip UltraHD.

  • AAA Lithium Batteries
  • USB Connector
  • Flex Circuits
  • Detachable Flex Cables
  • 4 way D-pad Buttons
  • Mircophone
  • Mic Board
  • Screen Module
  • Camera
  • Microswitch
An image of all the button’s functions

My Reflection

Recently I have been trying to experiment a bit with film photography and that was the reason I chose the camera as my object for the teardown. Even though the product looked pretty minimal from the outside, my teardown process was quite long as there were many layers within the camera. There were a crazy numbers of screws that I easily missed since they were really small. However, there were a couple of things that really fascinated me. As I mentioned earlier, the in-built USB connector was a feature that really impressed me. For a camera that is so easy to carry around, including a USB within it fascinated me completely. I loved carrying the camera around because of its convenient size and sling, and how it would easily fit in my bag and pocket. Overall, I had a great experience during the teardown process, discovering new components with every screw I unbolted.

Resources used:

https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Flip_Ultra_HD#Section_Tools

https://www.cnet.com/reviews/flip-ultrahd-review/

https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/why-cisco-killed-the-flip-mini-camcorder/

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Hi, I’m Heba!

Hi, I am Heba Jaleel. Here’s a little bit about me, who I am, where I am from and a few highlights of my life. I am from India but grew up and finished my schooling and undergrad in the UAE. I have been in Dubai all my life and this is the first time I am away from home and my family. But being someone who has always been fascinated and interested in art and design, visiting New York has always been a dream. Hence, this is a very exciting journey for me, but a bit scary too!

I started my bachelor’s in Architecture but soon realized it was not something I enjoyed and then switched my major to Design Management. Switching my major was one of the hardest decisions I had to make but I believe it was the best thing I did for myself. After completing my bachelors, I worked as a brand designer at a creative agency in Dubai. Although I had a good time working there, I realized graphic design related work was not something I wanted to continue as I wanted to do so much more. And that is when I made the decision to go to a graduate school and find my “calling”. And after being here at SVA, I believe I have made the right decision and can’t wait to see how the journey ends for me. 

I love to sketch, doodle and experiment with different kinds of arts and craft and it’s something that runs in my family. Some other things I enjoy doing are going for movies and finding new food spots and what better place to explore different cuisines than New York! 

Being away from home has not been easy, especially leaving my sister. But thanks to technology, I can stay connected with everyone back in Dubai. However, having my best friend here in New York has made my transition to New York much more smoother. 

I am very thrilled for my journey here at SVA and I am looking forward to learning more and more! And yes, I too love dogs so here’s a picture of Hershey to end this on a happy note 🙂

My instagram handle is heba_jalil 🙂