Ever dream of getting a massage anywhere and anytime? At the library, during a class lecture or in bed? That is my dream and I want to make it happen. I will design “Massage-Me,” a portable massager that consists of multiple vibration pads and a remote. When you stick these pads to any surface and apply pressure, vibrations will be triggered. Control the strength of the vibrations with a small remote. With “Massage-Me,” you control when and how you are massaged.
Scenarios to Consider
Here are possible scenarios that I will consider in the design and development of “Massage-Me”:
☺ My shoulder blades ache while I work at my desk.
o Consider possible attachments to clothing + furniture.
o Change vibration levels to only one or a few pads.
☺ I’m at lecture and I want a massage.
o Quiet vibrations
o Quiet commands to the massager
☺ Carrying the massager from home to school.
o Pads must be small and portable
☺ Remote: How to control the vibrations for each pad separately with a remote
☺ Materials: What materials should I use that are lightweight, durable, soft and protects the electronics built in the pad?
☺ Size: How big are the pads and how does its size connect with different parts of the body?
☺ Attachment: How to attach “Massage-Me” often without wear and without destroying the surface material
☺ Packaging: How to condense all the pads, batteries and remote so it is easy to carry and without damaging the electronics
Parts List (Subject to change)
☺ Attachments: adhesives and fasteners
☺ Cloth: neoprene, flat but flexible backing like vinyl
☺ Plastic or acrylic
☺ Fabric overlay
☺ LilyPad vibe board
☺ Vibration motors
☺ Infrared sensors
☺ External power source
☺ Build two pad prototypes and a remote prototype
☺ Explore and finalize the materials
☺ Explore pad form, remote form and packaging
☺ Get materials + parts
☺ Finalize the forms for pads, remote, and packaging
☺ Build a working prototype for two pads
o Pads vibrate to human contact
☺ Have a remote prototype communicate to the two pads
o Send commands to both
o Send commands to only one
☺ Build multiple pads, remote
☺ Finish coding and electronics
☺ Finish the construction of the pads, remote and packaging
☺ Create presentation materials
☺ Have at least two pads that respond to the body and are controlled by a remote
☺ Have multiple pads whose form corresponds to the muscles of a human’s back
☺ Have these pads be individually and collectively controlled by a remote
☺ Pads, remote and power consolidates and fits into a backpack front pocket