Last night we attended the TopMakers Grand Prize Ceremony @ The New York Hall of Science. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate our fellow finalist PowerClip on their grand prize winning project!
We’ve had quite the exceptional last 5 months thanks to the NYCEDC and NYDesigns. We worked closely and learned from/with a diverse group of makers/innovators/entrepreneurs. We were also introduced to an amazing community of mentors who taught us everything from marketing, business management to IP law.
Please stay tuned for developments from Nautilus Colo. We’re diving into the land of our respective graduate theses, however we’ll still be prototyping/testing/researching/planning and launching a kickstarter in the near future.
Our advisor Dan Formosa, giving us a quick lecture about hand and arm biomechanics. We added a few more prototype handles to our current round, now in line for the kiln at Choplet Studio, given his feedback about how to make objects balance better in the hand, by changing their center of mass.
gaïa has been hard at work at Choplet Studios in Williamsburg, working on the 3rd iterations of the Nautilus. We’ve opened up the handle, changed the interior geometry of the vessel, so it fits the curve of a neutrally positioned hand better, and are experimenting with different sizes. Above are left and right-handed pieces, ready to be fired in the kiln.
My challenge: creating environments/experiences for clients you want to get in/out (food stamps centers) or come/stay (senior centers).
Recently, the chair of Shelly’s graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, Liz Danzico, introduced us to Lonni Tanner, the Chief Change Officer at the NYC Department of Design and Construction. When we saw her job title and her above tweet about her work at the DDC to improve New York senior centers, we suspected we’d have an energizing conversation.
We were right! We met today and discussed the need for better interior design elements for senior centers. There are few firms who design furniture or housewares for the 50+ crowd, which makes her job that much harder.
We’re planning on testing our new prototypes at senior centers and rehab facilities in New York, and appreciate the short list Lonni recommended to us. We learned from chatting with her how important it is to put together an advisory board that includes hand specialists and therapists, to lend additional credibility to our outreach.
Stay tuned for more product development updates! Gaïa’s got some new ceramic prototypes cooking in the kiln this week! We’re super excited to see how user testers respond to them.
Thanks to our Nautilus bowl testers this week, who have helped us figure out even more ergonomic handle designs for the next iteration of the bowl!
We’re still actively looking to connect with people with hand conditions (Parkinson’s, arthritis, stroke survivors, carpal tunnel, hand/wrist injuries) in the NYC area! We will happily compensate testers for their 15-30 minutes of feedback. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please shoot us an email at info at small-giants.com.
This week, we worked with the inimitable Carlos Cruz at the School of Visual Arts’ Visible Futures Lab, to modify the original CAD model of the Nautilus Bowl. Our goals were to make a 3D print from which we could make a plaster cast, as well as minor ergonomic and aesthetic tweaks to the bowl curvature and handle fit.
Once we have a plaster cast, gaïa can create many clay prototypes, which are a more hands-on way to quickly test changes to the bowl.
Gen Silent is the critically-acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses—their entire lives—in order to survive in the care system. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year. It puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors that many simply go back into the closet.
Date: April 30, 2013 Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Registration and Reception; 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Film showing and discussion (for approximately 20 minutes)
Sponsored by: EmblemHealth, AARP NY, and “Be the Evidence Project” of Fordham University, in Partnership with the Gerontological Committee of the NYC Chapter of NASW and Emerging Aging
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Check out Shelly’s KickStarter Project: The League of Ladies | Super Hero underwear inspired by women of note. We’ll be printing and and packing these swell underoos later this summer! Please back the project to get a pair or a pack!