Archive for the ‘Adaptive Design’ Category

We haz cardboard!

November 2nd, 2012

Our first big shipment of tri-wall cardboard for the Adaptive Design Studio at the EDGE Lab, with ECS Interns Vivian and Safiyah who helped with the unloading.








Lab Tech Rubina Quadri 2012 recipient of Ryerson General Scholarship

October 27th, 2012

Rubina Quadri, a 4th year part-time student in the Early Childhood Studies program, was one of the recipients of the Ryerson General Scholarship, an award for academic achievement and contribution to the School of Early Childhood Studies. (This is embarrassing but Jason made me do it.)






Tips and Tricks: Welcome

October 20th, 2012

The processes we use in Adaptive Design are constantly under revision. We do things the way we do them until something new gets added to the mix. It might happen purposely, such as by trying to make the electronics we use more wearable and less expensive. It can also happen as we work on projects and make discoveries.

The tips and tricks we’ll be posting here will be a close-up look at what we do and how we do it.


Update: New modifications to the tummy glider

October 13th, 2012

One of the current modifications we are working on for the tummy glider is to create modular sponge rolls for support. Velcro will be applied to the top of the glider and inner surfaces of the side pieces so that the sponge can be held securely.

Insert is placed where needed to provide extra support.











































Fall 2012 Interns

September 21st, 2012

Two new interns started at the lab last week. They are completing a 4th year placement for Early Childhood Studies.

Safiyah Nakhuda is developing an assistive device based on her interests in inclusive practices and accessibility for people with mobility issues.

Vivian Chan wants to explore options for working as an Early Childhood Educator with children and families in non-traditional settings.


Visit from Yuka Shimada

September 14th, 2012

Famous Japanese children’s artist and author, Yuka Shimada visited the cardboard studio to try her hand at making a rocker.


















Cardboard carry-all tote

August 23rd, 2012

Lab volunteers Yuka and Masako created a carry-all style tote box which can be used in a classroom to store and transport rockers. The design is flexible and can be used for many purposes.

Cutting a centre channel









































































Finishing My Rocker

August 16th, 2012

During my first week at the Lab I started my first cardboard project: the EDGE Lab Rocker.

I’ve documented the process since then of the steps that I’ve taken to finish this project.

When I left off I had the layers of cardboard for the base and the legs glued together. Once it was dry I needed to sand the edges to make sure they were fairly even. This is especially important  for the legs in order to have a stable seat.










The next step was to carve out to spaces to slide the legs in.












I then had to use a hot glue gun to stick the legs into the slots and nail them into place using dowels.









It’s starting to come together!





After nailing the dowels in, there were some weak spots in the legs. To make the weak spots stronger, I used a mixture of wood shavings and glue to fill in the holes. When it’s dry it becomes really hard.






Once this was dry I needed to sand all the edges one last time before I started a step called edging.









Edging smooths over the unfinished edges of any cardboard project. This process was sticky and messy. It reminded me of doing paper mache.

Here is my rocker completely edged and dry. I needed to sand the rough spots and smooth out any overlaps in the paper.







Once that is done it is time to prime and paint the rocker.






Overall I had a great time finishing this rocker. The most challenging part was in the beginning with cutting and gluing the cardboard. I quickly learned that selecting the right type of cardboard makes a huge difference in the quality and strength of the project.  The great thing about making projects out of recycled cardboard is if you make a mistake, it’s not costly to try again.


Projects Using Arduino

August 16th, 2012

Many of the electronic projects made at the EDGE Lab use Arduino

It is an inexpensive software and hardware package that can be used to quickly make prototypes. It is also a buildable, programmable device.

Arduino can be purchased on their website.

Here are some of the projects that Vlad and the EDGE Lab have created.

The Talking Sleeve uses an Arduino wave shield to program the words that we hear when the patches are pressed.

Musical Play Dough

The conductive play dough is hooked up to an audio synthesizer. When it is squeezed or stretched out the sound frequency changes.

Here is a link to the play dough recipe

Maze Solver

This is a little car that solves mazes. It has a sensor on the bottom that detects black lines to follow. We made a maze using electrical tape. It is programmed using Arduino to solve the maze.


Cardboard toys

August 15th, 2012

The EDGE Lab’s artist in residence, Sae Kimura , created a miniature dollhouse. All the details on the house were made by adding or removing layers of cardboard. She wanted to make a piece that would not need to be painted and used the textures and colours that were already present in the cardboard.

Photos taken by Elizabeth Wilfred (Summer Intern 2012).