Presentation of this work consisted of a shared AR experience with 3 tablets and 2 HoloLens headsets. A real size model was placed in the room, allowing people to walk around it, and open compartments. Both tablets and headsets could view the model, with the tablets having the additional functionality of being able to interact with the model. This was joined by an oral presentation showing video renders in addition to image renders and sketches illustrating finalized functionality.
Audience and Environment
I initially took an origami approach with canvas, but realized this wouldn't be accessible to many individuals. I moved towards engaging with this project in a way that targetted the elderly, handicapped and even claustrophobic and agoraphobic.
Depending on the environment being live in, there will certainly be concerns how how to stay warm, to keep cool, or both
Taking insipration from DIY projects, this design expands outtward to provide enough room to sleep inside of its enclosed space. The sleeping space here is elevated to allow for eldery and other groups with difficulties bending down and standing back up.
Folding Internal Layers
A layer inside folds up after sliding out. This layer contains the sink, and must fold down in order for the sink's basin to fit inside the home.
Airflow in Sleeping Space
Sliding out to add 3 feet of space, both top panel and table panel (see right) can be retracted/folded to allow for more/less airflow/shade.
The space inside (6 ft x 2 ft) is used for sleeping/resting
The outside wall folds down and locks, providing a small platform 2’ above the ground. It also opens access to the sleeping space where items might be stored during the day.
Putting cabinets inside the sleeping space (issue with claustrophobic)
The flexible tapping piping allows for the head/spigot to be aimed and switched between a solid stream (sink) to a more dispersed spray (shower)
The far wall can be folded outward and used as a sink to wash hands, food, clothes, etc. The space between the solar panels and the top of the sleeping space can be used to store water - which can drain into the sink.
The sink will have a closable drain with a tube which dumps the excess water on the ground away from the individual using the sink
The cushioned seat for driving the home doubles as a toilet. The toilet uses a dry compositing technique which prevents development of unfavorable odors and limits the need for constant replacement of bags by drying out excrement - keeping it compact and odorless (and aiding in bio-degradation speed)
About 1 square ft face and ½ ft tall, allows for simple cooking chores.
Electric - powered by in Home battery, with a special setting for keeping water warm over night
Water and Heating
In dry environments, large amounts of water storage is needed, so 2 spaces designated for water storage are provided. Throughout the day, water may need to be warm or cool depending on its purpose. The top storage space warms in the sun and from radiated heat off of the solar panels. The bottom storage space remains cool and in the shade.
Water can also be used to maintain the temperature of the sleeping space. The warm water can be placed under the sleeping space to help heat the space so that the individual sleeping doesn’t become too cold. Additionally, the stove can be left on overnight to help maintain the water's heat. If too hot, the cold water will help to absorb some of the heat in the sleeping space.
Both containers can be refilled for free by going to gas stations which provide water and air for general purposes. Air can be added to the water containers to pressurize the water so that when tapped (for the shower) water will flow more quickly.
A shower/privacy curtain is embedded into the framing of the Home. This curtain can be pulled out to obstruct outside view of the space - providing privacy for the inhabitant while showering or simply relaxing.
The curtain hangs from the main locking plate of the Home, folding into a cutout where the main body meets the driver's seat.
About 10 cubic feet of storage is available to the inhabitant. This accounts for space used up by water storage, battery, toilet, sleeping space, and motor.
Single lock which secures access to all storage compartments on the front of the home. Lock is attached to a large piece of sheet metal which blocks use of home (except chair/toilet). When unlocked, the sheet becomes a sunshade.