written by Gino Baldeón.
Created by Gino Baldeón and David Reyes
The goal of the project was to create a kinetic structure that could act as a collapsable, temporary installation or kiosk. Consisting of 3 layers of panels, the Dome as built stands about 7 feet tall and expands from a 6 foot diameter to a 14 foot diameter. When expanded, the dome can fit several people comfortably both standing and sitting. When not in use, it can be collapsed and becomes a sculptural piece. It is constructed entirely of wood with common hardware used in all of the joints and a series of steel angled pieces at the top layer. The dome is supported by its perimeter as well as a central metal pole that would be anchored into the ground to act as a center-point for motion.
We intend to add some kind of covering to the panels of the dome that twists will the structure and to add another layer of panels to the base. Addition of a fourth layer would increase the height and expanded width to 10 feet and 18 feet respectively.
In collaboration with Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola and Beth Roloff
Mechanical Concept by Chuck Hoberman
GravityLight is a revolutionary new approach to storing energy and creating illumination. It takes only 3 seconds to lift the weight which powers GravityLight, creating 30 minutes of light on its descent. For free.
Following the initial inspiration of using gravity, and years of perspiration, we have refined the design and it is now ready for production. We need your help to fund the tooling, manufacture and distribution of at least 1000 gravity powered lights. We will gift them to villagers in both Africa and India to use regularly. The follow-up research will tell us how well the lights met their needs, and enable us to refine the design for a more efficient MK2 version.
To achieve this we launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo and we have been thrilled by the support shown during the first 24 hours of the campaign start. But it’s not yet over we still need your support by contributing to the project and spreading the word.
Contribute to this effort here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/282006/x/1848870