Final Project Log and Description

"Priyanka Decides to Make a Programmable Shoe"

I want to take this exciting opportunity to be in the How to Make Almost Anything Class this semester to fulfill on an idea that I have been mulling over for many years previously. The project called MorphWear, is a vision for a universal wardrobe where you can have one pair of shoes, one pair of pants, a shirt, etc. that can “morph” into new shapes, colors, and patterns, and have built-in multi-functionality for a wide variety of applications. Through this class, my goal is to start by creating an embedded system, programmable shoe that can change color via LEDS as my first attempt towards this vision.

The idea of MorphWear came to me when I was in Singapore the summer after graduating with my bachelor's degree from MIT in Mechanical & Ocean Engineering. I was working on a water project and leading a leadership workshop at the Singapore University of Technology & Design, when I realized that I was constantly distracted by the very fashionable clothes in the country. As a petite woman visiting a country with my petite women, I was bombarded with an enticing plethora of options for fashion. I realized I could get clothes, shoes, and accessories (all finally in my size, ahhhh! :D) in all sorts of colors, shapes, patterns, designs, etc., oftentimes with many of the same form factors, but with either the specific screen-printed design or a specifc hemming detail different.

This got me thinking.

Unfortunately, our current apparel (and similar consumer goods) consumption rates are beyond the resource capacity of our planet, and I must say that I too am no stranger to excess:

Yet I also feel a strong sense of personal responsibility, as an engineer and aspiring policymaker, to be an integral part in reversing our society’s trend in excess consumption and resource degradation to help protect our resources for future generations, and protect our communities and environment from the deleterious and already-present effects of climate change. Although just one small, potential solution to the continuously mounting problem of waste and environmental harm, I believe a transition to programmable and personalized apparel items can limit our desire for excess material and thus limit our need to excessively tap into our planet's finite resources, and yet still allow for (and potentially enhance) personal expression and creativity. 

Week 1 Thought Log

My goal for the class is to create a customizable, programmable shoe that connects via Bluetooth to an App on my phone and that sends commands to the shoe to then make it “morph” into different colors, shapes, and patterns. I would like the final project to be a a first iteration of a product that can one day replace the above number of shoes you see, to (ultimately) just one pair that satisfies all my shoe-related needs. And if possible, it would be awesome to have a chance to take next semester’s How to Make Things that Can Make Almost Anything as well, to build upon this project to actually build a machine that can make and remake shoes of many different varieties using minimal resources.

I am beyond excited for this project and looking forward to seeing how the

Week 2 Thought Log

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Looked up past HTMAA Fashion Projects and analyzed their performance, pros, cons, and market potential

Week 3 Thought Log

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Have a machine create fully custom shoes to match my feet exactly. Time do do a foot dynamics/biomechanics free body diagram, and simulation.

Week 4 Thought Log

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Week 5 Thought Log

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Week 6 Thought Log

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Week 7 Thought Log

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SUMMARY HERE (and next steps) Realized after going through the Molding and Casting training and practice, that it

Week 8 Thought Log

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SUMMARY HERE (and next steps) Decided on a HEELED SHOE. Even though I created a more general machine idea, a heeled shoe seems more practical at this time. I would like to attach a USB port on the inner part of the Shoe Heel.

Week 9 Thought Log

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SUMMARY HERE (and next steps) Having now gone through the Output Devices class, I am realizing that I may need to rescope and limit the number of features that my shoe can do. It is

Week 10 Thought Log

This week, I finally came up with the final design with all the modules incorporated for the class! Take a look at the sketch below:

I now have a clear picture of what components need to be made and which components correspond to which weekly modules that we have/are doing in the class.Here below are my final project's components that correspond to each week's module in the class:

Components corresponding to Weekly Class Modules:

SUMMARY HERE (and next steps) I am finally starting to feel a better sense of what needs to come together this week. One of the or

Week 11 Thought Log

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SUMMARY HERE (and next steps) The picture of what the final product will look like is finally coming together and I feel like a lot of progress is starting to be made. This week, I started one of the more unique components of my design for the LED shoe

Week 12 Thought Log

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Week 13 Thought Log

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Final Week Thought Log

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