At last. MUHIMBILI PRESENTATION

                                                 MUHIMBILI PRESENTATION    On this week we went to present our first prototypes  at Muhimbili National hospital. We met the pediatric doctor  and she gave us her feedback about the prototype  she said that we should consider more on the strength of the material that we will use .also she talked about the bottom stand that  should make the sliding head piece easier to slide when its lied down because the length board we will make will be for both horizontal and vertical position. Also we went to visit the malnutrition department and they also gave us some feedback on how they think the length board should  be improved , their biggest concern was the material that should be used because…

Teamwork

Teamwork Bwere, Daniel E. In this internship, it is amazing how we work in teams. Unlike our classroom environment where most of the learning happens individually and sometimes in groups, the DIT Design Studio environment dwells on teamwork in order to get the job done.  During the introduction when most of my colleagues were not familiar with one another, we had a close activity called “Think-Pair-Share”. This activity initially involved proposing a question to the team, then each member was given time to think independently. Thereafter members got into pairs and shared what each one thought of the answer to the question given. Another activity was the icebreaker event which was a rapid prototyping session. This session was a competition…

REVISIT TO THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO

REVISIT TO THE DIT DESIGN STUDIO Bwere, Daniel E. September 27th, 2020.   February 2020 So here I am prepping with my friends for the Lemelson Engineering Internship interview come summer 2020. I’m just in my headspace all-reaching for an internship position abroad, preferably at Rice University in the United States.  I got through with an internship position at Malawi. That’s still great considering the need for exposure I long for from abroad and I’ve never been abroad-at least in my grown-up awareness.  Here comes, Corona and stuck we are wherever we are. The insecurities and chaos brought about by the pandemic was and still is something none can fathom. Thus,  internships have to be conducted virtually. Unfortunately, at our…

THE ROBOT CHALLENGE

  Bwere, Daniel E. The week started with a hectic challenge of designing sumo robots to contest in the sumo robot challenge. The sumo robot had to be a three-wheeler: a single all-round wheel and two servo-driven wheels.  A lot had to be done which would help practise the skills gained on 3D printing, laser cutting and Arduino. My idea was to play both defense and offense. In offense, the robot would have a kicker, and in defense, the robot would be able to run if an opponent would come closer to a defined no-man’s land.   I began by designing the inner flat chassis on which the components were to be fixed. This wasn’t difficult since it was just…

Iterations: High-level Prototyping

Iterations: High-level Prototyping Bwere, Daniel E. Definitions: A client is an individual with a challenge, whom we are trying to design a solution for.   Introduction Iteration is the repetitive process of performing an activity with a desired outcome in mind. In the Human-Centred Design, iterations are done in the implementation stage when prototypes of the final product are developed from low-level unfurnished to high-level furnished prototypes.   How does the process come about?  Since the HCD approach is being considered, then a product is designed to be feasibly accommodating to the client[1] in quo. How can this be achieved? Initially,  all insights on the design were gathered from interviews. Now, a low-level prototype is built following those insights. This…

Prototyping

Prototyping Bwere, Daniel E. A prototype is a draft version of a product that allows you to explore your ideas and show the intention behind a feature or the overall design concept to users before investing time and money into development.[1] Prototyping is the fourth phase in the design cycle that lets the design team develop quick practical concepts about their brainstormed ideas for testing before resources can be spent in developing the final product. “They slow us down to speed us up. By taking the time to prototype  our ideas, we avoid costly mistakes such as becoming too complex too early and sticking with a weak idea for too long.” — Tim Brown, CEO & President of IDEO Types…

Needs finding: following the learning and practising of the Human-Centered Design approach.

For any possible solution to work appropriately, the designers of the solution have to understand the basis of the problem. It is termed as “Empathy”. Empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.[1] This is therefore the first and foremost essential step when it comes to Human-Centred Design. This is where one gets the inspiration to pursue a solution for the challenge at hand.  This week we had time to do this exercise partly through research tools such as interviews and observations. We visited both Muhimbili National…