Technologies such as augmented reality, digital fabrication, sensors and IOT enable new possibilities. If multiple of such converging technologies are combined together, the opportunities are almost limitless and enable new, unprecedented applications. As a team, we work with different technologies and were inspired by this idea of bringing together multiple technologies. Within this project, we realized this vision and present a digital fabricated and technology enabled DUCK.
What it does
The duck is a 2-meter high, digitally augmented, wood sculpture that offers a unique user experience for events, parties, developers or anybody who wants to connect with new converging technologies and ideas. The duck offers LED-driven, multi-color visual effects and provides a digital, augmented layer for user control and experience through microsoft hololens 2 interfaces. With the duck, we show how multiple converging technologies can be combined in an unprecedent sculpture.
How We built it
The design of the duck was generated using modern algorithms for digital design and fabrication. We use custom generative design scripts to generate nodes and struts of the duck, and optimize them for fabrication. To build the wooden wireframe of the duck, we mount wood slabs with laser-cutted nodes. After building each layer and section of the duck, we placed of 100 meters of LED lights on slabs, which illuminate the duck during night and day.
Challenges We ran into
To generate the design and layout plan of the duck wireframe, we could not use a manual CAD design process. Therefore, we had to program custom algorithms to generate all the struts and node gemetries using Rhino/Grasshopper. To assemble the duck sculpture, we had to mount over 150 slabs with 100 nodes, which is not possible to assemble using standard drawings or measurement tools. Therefore, we use the augmented reality interface of a microsoft hololens 2 to augment the digital duck as guidance during assembly. This allowed us to assemble the duck sculpture in under 6 hours. Besides using augmented reality for duck assembly, we use the AR interface to also control the individual LEDs stripes of the duck. This allows to generate new visual LED effects, which can be easily controlled by a user.
Accomplishments that We are proud of
1) Automated design and optimization of complex duck wireframe structure using generative design 2) Intelligent use of augmented reality (AR) interface to assemble wood structure 3) TCP/AR/ connection and interaction to over 100 meters of LED lights 4) Fabrication of large scale, 2 meter high wood structure in under 6 hours 5) Great agile team achievement and implementation of our vision
What's next for Design for Duck Technology
Further optimization of technology enabled process and adaption for new geometries and sculptures Transfer of playful ideas to real-world industrial challenges and applications Publication in high impact journal (>10) and Instagram postings for the fame