Meet Charlie, a huggable sleeping companion for kids who are afraid of sleeping alone in the dark. The glowing heart represents Charlie’s love for his buddy.
Overall, besides the fact that I ran out of time to fix the two lights that didn’t work, this project turns out exactly how I envisioned. There was a lot of trial and error with getting the proportion right and finding suitable fabric.
In the end, this plush toy is perfectly sized and feels very comforting to hug. The soft light draws attention to the heart without being too blinding. Great as a sleep buddy for kids who are afraid of the dark.
It was a lot of fun to use a combination of new skills from soldering, electrical to sewing complex curves with the machine. I had a lot of fun.
The common theme between my 3 concepts is animals with long arms because growing up, I love tying those parts together like ropes and hitting others with those arms.
Octopus The suckers on the tenticles will be LED lightbulbs.
Jellyfish The legs will each have a LED light strip inside and the body will have fading soft LED glow.
Chimpanzee The chimpanzee’s arms will be long enough to hug behind the neck of a child. The magnets at the end will keep them together. The lightbulbs will outline the felt heart, flashing as if the heart is beating.
List of the tools and techniques you used to take it apart
– Small screwdrivers for wedging the plastic casing apart and unscrewing the PCB from the bottom casing.
– Large flathead screwdriver for prying the casing open.
– Small wire-cutting plier for cutting the faraday shields.
Materials and techniques used for each component
1. Roku’s and Remote casing – made out of ABS plastic. The plastic is heated and injected into a mold to take the shape of the case.
2. Faraday shield – made out of thin aluminum. Made to enclose and block electromagnetic fields.
3. Toshiba TC58NVG1S3HTA00 flash memory – made out of plastic/epoxy
4. Button pad – made out of silicone rubber using a mold. The design and color are UV printed.
5. Circuit board – made out of a combination of prepreg, laminate, copper foil, soldermask, nomenclature, final finish.
1. Toshiba TC58NVG1S3HTA00 – storing data?
2. Samsung K4B4G1646D-BYK0 DRAM Chip – storing data?
3. Broadcom BCM7218 – The brain of the system
4. Broadcom BCM43143 – Wifi IC.
Two interesting design elements
1. The Roku’s plastic case is very tightly shut. I assumed that it was held together with glue since it was so difficult to pry apart but ended up finding no glue at all. It was designed with edges that lock the parts together which does a good job securing all the parts within so that no one will unintentionally open it.
2. The sheet of buttons is also very fascinating. The way all the raised buttons are connected on a sheet to make sure they all stay together and in order so nothing will get lost or reorganized.
Hi everyone, my name is Kaylan Tran. I was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A recent grad of BFA Design at SVA. I picked up a bunch of hands on hobbies like baking, furniture flipping, and knitting etc. so I’m just excited to learn how to make stuff.
Outside of design, I foster for and help run a small Queens-based cat rescue.