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Prototyping: .5 case design

This post details the thinking behind my case-design sketches, with descriptions accompanying each graphic.


1: In this image, you can see two compartments within the case: the top compartment is meant to house a succulent, with the purpose of creating the illusion that the wooden box is no more than a wooden box.

The bottom compartment, instead, (below the dividing line) houses the circuit and the circuit components. This way, the wooden enclosure does not intrude in any space, and the true function of the device remains discreet and inconspicuous - only apparent to those who use it.

The two lines crossing the PIR face depict the slit that will allow for motion detection. On either side of the PIR, plastic of the PIR's color will fill in the gaps while simultaneously disguising the LED's until they have been illuminated.

2: On the rear of the wooden enclosure, the user will have access to two switches: the right switch initiates the calibration system, while the left switch turns the device on and off (in case of transport or other purposes where the device is at risk of collecting false data, it would be advantageous to cut the device's power supply).

3: This side cross-section depicts the above features from a separate angle.

4: Summary of the above images:

Sketched Renders:

1: The below graphic represents the general composition of the device and succulent from the front angle (the angle the user will see when the device is in use). As illustrated below, the enclosure will look like a natural succulent arrangement, concealing the electronics within it in an effort to merge design and engineering.

2: The below graphic represents the rear view of the device, where the user will have easy-access to the on/off and calibration switches.

3: The below three images illustrate what the device could look like when separate LED's are active.

4: Summary of the above images:

As I make progress with the development of the prototype, I plan to keep a log here, in the blog, under the "Updates" category. Subscribe to be alerted whenever a new update has been developed! (Also, if you are looking to implement more technical improvements in your Arduino programs, these examples can serve as a framework, so I suggest reading fully and analyzing the code. That said, when you spot an improvement to be made in my codes, PLEASE let me know ASAP - I'm looking for feedback!)

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