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For this school project the brief was to design casing for an electronic object. The intent was to have us re-use existing internal electronics from another product, but we were also given the option to start from scratch and wire it ourselves. I had gotten the idea to create a wireless telegraph as a toy that could be used to augment team stealth games like capture the flag or paintball because I thought it would be interesting and I have always loved antiquated technology. In order to do this I had to teach myself how to wire and code for an Arduino, which I had never used before. Getting the Arduino to function as a telegraph was fairly easy, the tricky part was figuring out how to make it transmit wirelessly. After a lot of trial and error I finally managed to make it work by hacking a pair of wireless headphones.

For the casing, I was inspired by old football and aviation uniforms from the 1920s. I wanted to invoke a sense of nostalgia. I used one case for the Arduino, one for the wireless transmitter, and a head piece (for which I created a pattern and sewed from scratch) to conceal the headphones. One criterion for this project was that we make the actual object gray to show its form and then show finish options with renderings, as well as exploded views. I thought that the final product could be made from leather and black plastic with the possible use of luminescent paint to distinguish teams by color. In the end this wound up being one of my favorite projects because I started it determined to make something and having absolutely no idea whether or not I would actually be able to figure it out. In the end I was able to accomplish my goal, and that was a pretty amazing feeling.
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy
Wireless Telegraph Toy