DIA LEI DESIGN

LOS

Line of Sight is a smart earpiece that uses cognitive microwave radar technology to identify a threat before it happens!

Prompt: Design for a survival or disaster situation.

Problem

Mass shootings are becoming a normal occurrence in our country and around the world. Whether it's a school, a concert hall or a grocery store people now have to second guess their safety when they go out. As a society we now have to live with the reality that a shooting could happen at any moment.

The Stats

  • As of March 4, 2019 there have been 1,242 deaths caused by mass shootings in the U.S.

  • At least 333 guns have been used in mass shootings.

  • The 9MM semi-automatic handgun is the most used weapon.

  • Over 50% of shooters die at the scene, often by killing themselves.

  • Age ranges from 20- 49 years old and all but 3 were male.

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Just to name a few...

  • Pulse nightclub shooting, 2016: 49 killed

  • Virginia tech shooting, 2007: 32 killed

  • Sutherland springs, texas church shooting, 2017: 27 killed

  • Sandy hook shooting, 2012: 26 killed (20 of being children)

  • San bernardino shooting, 2015: 14 killed

  • Aurora, colorado shooting, 2012: 12 killed
     

Sadly the list continues…

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Worst mass shooting to date

  • Mandalay bay shooting, 2017: killing 58 people

  • Shooter managed to sneak at least 23 guns into the hotel by storing them in different suitcases.

  • Since he was somewhat of a regular no one seemed to suspect or notice that he brought in a different suitcase each day.

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Hypothesis

Identifying the threat beforehand can prevent public shootings from even happening and reduce mass casualties if one should occur.

Understanding the scenarios

At first I chose to sketch out several scenarios that could happen before, during and after a mass shooting. I did this in order to help me decide which area I wanted to focus on.

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After exploring many different scenarios, I chose to focus on preventative measures which resulted in my top three scenarios.

Detect hidden weapons

Scans for suspect in area

Initial sketches

I started off with different concepts sketches spanning from alarm posts that go off when the gunman is near to walkie talkies that scan for concealed weapons.

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My direction

I decided to pursue the small triangle-like ear piece because it is discreet, small, portable and familiar to use.

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earpieces are more discreet

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Testing the Mock-ups

I made initial mock-ups to play with shape but once I chose my final direction I made two final mock-ups to test size for different ears.

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Once I chose the right size I started to focus on the little details of the ear piece like the internal cushion shape, the button and the placement of the node.

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Exploring different shapes and forms for the user.

My main goal was to find the perfect size for the earpiece.

I wanted the wearable to look more natural on the ear.

Incorporating a cushion on the internal piece .

I also refined the placement and size of the power button.

Making the earpiece

3d printing the pieces.

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Painting the interior part.

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Applying the vinyl to the earpiece.

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3d printing the pieces.

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Line of Sight

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Please view process book here.

Thank you!

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