So at Iridescent, we like to live what we preach. We don’t just ask kids to make things from scratch, we do it too. Recently I decided that I needed a device to record myself playing games on my iPad (for a separate project to be talked about later). I had done this once before using my iPhone stacked up on a bunch of books and it worked reasonably well. So I decided I wanted the device to hold my iPhone in a position where it could record my iPad. But I also wanted to record myself consistently over the course of a year, so that each time I set it up, it recorded the same way, which meant I needed something better than the stacks-of-books method. It also had to be minimally intrusive in preventing me from using the iPad.
As I thought about this, I realized I had a well-defined design challenge that I needed to solve. Which meant to make things more fun, I decided to use the rule in we use in all of our design challenges: use only low-cost materials.
Additionally, I was always impressed with a Leonardo Da Vinci segment that Bobby Zacharias used in our Be an Inventor program in spring 2012. In the first weeks of that program, students had to design some kind of invention using only the tools and technology available to Leonardo. This meant no glue or machine screws could be used to make connections–things had to be lashed together or connected by pin joints. I always thought that sounded fun, so I decided to put the same constraint on my device.
So, where did that leave me? With a handful of popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and a bunch of ideas in my head.
|The final result! Now, how did I get here…|
The iPhone holder
|An earlier design of the base. It was easier to weigh down this base,
but it was much less stable than my final design.
I made sure that the base had some thickness to it, so that the cross-brace and other supporting pieces would not be resting directly against the table.