This was a response to the design competition for the IDC (Interaction Design for Children) 2016 conference.
This VERY high-level concept is about a way for children to use material sensors to learn about the world around them; where the materials that make up the world come from, what goes into making them, and where they go when we're done with them. Interestingly, all of the technologies for this temporary tattoo- style wearable currently exist, even if they aren't affordable or practical yet. See the paper for more details!
Thermouse is a functional prototype designed to evaluate a research question. We were curious if we could persuade people to respond differently to important topics by changing the temperature of the mouse they used to respond. There IS precedent; see the paper for background.
The mouse uses a peltier element to cool water circulated through a copper mouse, and an electric heating element to heat the mouse directly.
These images progress through the stages of prototyping. First a proof of concept cooling plant and mouse, then a second iteration of both.
This was a collaboration with Jillian Warren to build a research artifact for a design research study. These little wi-fi wearables have sensors on the knees, thighs, and butts of equestrians to measure and track rider pressure on the horse, and send it back to a trainer, who can provide vibro-tactile feedback in real time.
The pictures show the first, functional, proof-of-concept prototype.