SAMAY

SAMAY

SAMAY

Samay means "Breathe" in an old indigenous language called Quechua. Thinked for an speculative future, the purpose of this necklace was measure the amount of CO2 near the user and advise him about the toxicity of the place that he was walking in.

Samay means "Breathe" in an old indigenous language called Quechua. Thinked for an speculative future, the purpose of this necklace was measure the amount of CO2 near the user and advise him about the toxicity of the place that he was walking in.

The Breath of Our Lives

SPECULATIVE DESIGN  /  PROTOTYPING

Samay is a Speculative Design prototype made by the Icesi University’s Design Research group 418 as a call made by The Tertulia Museum in 2016. The call looked for projects designed for a possible or impossible future. Following this requirement, we started to speculate about a dystopian future in which the air pollution is so high that people will need the help of interactive objects that could warn them about the quality of the air surronding them.

With this speculation in mind and as main concept for the design process. We started to think about a wearable that could serve as an air pollution advisor and as an accessory that allowed its user to cover his nose and mouth to avoid possible damage to his health. After a brainstorm and many sketches, we decided that the best option was a hybrid between a necklace and a scarf, because this allowed us to have a solid structure in which we could develop the interactive and electronic components of the project and the user could use it to cover his face whenever the device tells him that the air around him could be toxic.

At the end of the design process, we built a first prototype which was made using a 3D Printer, an Arduino Lilypad, Leds, a CO2 sensor, conductive thread and elastic silk. The project was presented at The Tertulia Museum in October of 2016 as part of the “Back to the Future” exhibition, where the visitors were able to wear Samay and sense the haptic and visual feedback given by it.

The name Samay comes from the metaphor between the necklace shape that has similarities with the human bronqui and the Quechua word Samay that means "Breathe".

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Leading the Fabrication

DIGITAL FABRICATION LEADER  /  COORDINATOR

The team behind the project were composed by Interactive Media Design and Industrial Design students from the Icesi University. The team were divided in subgroups which did specific tasks in the design process such as the programming of the Lilypad Board, sew the electronic components to the silk and the design and further 3D printing of Samay. I was the leader for this last task where the design was made using Generative Art techniques in Rhinoceros 5 + Grasshopper and plugins.

The logic behind this design, was define a curve as the skeleton of the object to create (in this case, a curve around the neck of a 3D woman model), this curve will be later divided in nodes that will serve as propagation points for autonomous agents which follows white traces made by this nodes in the 3D woman model. The agents moves with an artificial intelligence behaviour and with some physic parameters that generates the “organic structure” previously shown.

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Due to the size of the necklace, it was cutted in half for a better result in the 3D printing process. We used a Makerbot Replicator and PLA, also the quality of the print was set to medium, mainly because it took 8 hours for each half and that time was already more than the allowed by the university for an individual session of the 3D printer.

Samay was presented an entire month in The Tertulia Museum. Also, this project has been presented in a design symposium organized by The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Medellín in March of 2017. The members of the design team were: Mariangela Aponte, Nathalie Arana, Sebastián López, José Manuel Raymond, Stefanía Ruíz and me.

You can check the trailer for Samay HERE.

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Interested? Lets Talk

Interested? Let's Talk

kammil.carranza@gmail.com

kammil.carranza@gmail.com

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