Octopus Pavilion is LIVE

After over two months of work, and so much help from Nicholas, Amanda, the crew at K1ND, Yanglei, Sheng Qiang, and his students at Beijing Jiaotong University, and of course Bea, Evelyn and the rest of the team at Beijing Design Week, the Octopus Pavilion has finally come fully to life! Opening party on September 24th was a big hit. Thanks all for the incredible work, perseverance, and support from everyone involved!!

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Octopus Pavilion Progress – 20160831

Opening in 22 Days

On Site in 15 Days

New simulation animation in site. Much to do.

This weekend workshop we will:

  • Get full prototype working with four pillows (need to buy additional electronics)
  • Test new fans and different pillow sizes
  • Work on shape and structure in simulation
  • Produce high quality renders, plans and sections

Octopus Pavilion Progress – 20160826

27 Days to go

Here are some videos of the physics simulation we are setting up in grasshopper to test the design and interactivity, using the kangaroo2 physics library:

Also some progress on the prototype. Working with a nice nylon type fabric, with sowing:

Arduino Basics (Automated Inflation)

(The first foray into Arduino programming. Pretty much following built-in examples for driving DC motors and reading analog sensors (here a IR distance sensor). The fan here was nowhere near powerful enough to inflate even a small garbage bag, but I think the principle is useful, and hopefully this is the start of a series of experiments.

And a couple useful links for future development:

http://www.instructables.com/id/RE-Inflatable-Vest/?ALLSTEPS

http://www.instructables.com/id/Use-Arduino-with-TIP120-transistor-to-control-moto/