Projects

Our current and proposed projects are listed below.  We are working on complete descriptions and assignments.  Note Project Names you are interested in when you Pledge.  If you have a Project idea, fill out the form at the bottom of this page, or contact us about it.  Thanks!

Project Index:

CooKit Solar Oven
Shakti Generator
Power4Pax
Village in a Box
EarPeace
SeeHear
ICChocolate
MultiTractor
Spread Light
GiveBank
Cat490


Event Index:

Maker Faire Africa
Fun Theory : AppTech

CooKit

CooKit Solar Cooker
Category: ESSENTIALS
Description: Solar Cookers International market their CooKit product, which retails at US$25.00.  It is cardboard with foil on one side, and folds flat to 13" x 13" x 2".  Biggest problem: cardboard has short life span and even shorter when it gets wet.  Design goal: foil-side plastic substrate or metalized fabric constructed in the "pop-up" style, just fabric and wire. The cooker "greenhouse" is currently an oven roasting bag which lasts around 2 months in the field.  Also considering a cheap, clear dome to drop over the black cooking pot.   Re-purposed materials are possible.
Project Manager: Michael Mora
Start Date: 18 August 2010
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Project HQ: Palo Alto, California, US
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Resources On Board: great organization and field testers ready to roll!
Resources Needed: materials experts, esp. in metalized fabric or foils.
Links: Solar Cookers International, Cookit solar oven

Shakti Generator

Shakti Generator
Category: ENERGY
Description:  100-watt generator powered by bicycle or other means. This product is patented.
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Power (4) Pax

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Category: ENERGY
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Village in a Box

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Categories: ESSENTIALS, ENERGY, SHELTER, TOOLS, CONNECTION
Description: Village in a Box is a concept within the constraints of a 20-foot steel shipping container.
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EarPeace

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Category: HEALTH, CONNECTION
Description:  the target is a $5 hearing aid.
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SeeHear

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Category: CONNECTION
Description:  the goal is a $10 video camera, with sound, to enable storytelling and communication between diverse and detached communities.
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I.C.Chocolate

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Category: TOOLS, SHELTER
Description:  I.C. means In Country chocolate making; a step up from co-op plantations who are fair trading cacao, and desire to make their own bars in-country, thereby keeping more of the proceeds in the region.
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MultiTractor

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Category: TOOLS, MOVEMENT
Description:  concept begun in Missouri on the Eco Farm started by
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Spread Light

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Category: ENERGY
Description:  this project was initiated by the School in Taiwan.
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GiveBank

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Category: CONNECTION
DescriptionYOU ARE HERE!  GiveBank connects designers with project communities with design resources... globally. 
Comment: We added GiveBank to its own list because it is an ongoing program that needs volunteers, community acceptance, coders and hackers to get it interactive, and...
Project Manager: David Alan Foster
Start Date: November 2004
Alpha Launch: 17 July 2007
Beta Launch: 12 August 2010
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Project HQ: Palo Alto, California, US
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Northern California Bay Area designers
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Links: Designfluence (the parent of this child)

Cat490

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Category: CONNECTION
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Project Manager: David Alan Foster
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23 August 2010
Beta Launch: TBA
Project HQ: Palo Alto, California, US
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Hours pledged to this Project: 10
Resources On Board: tenacity
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Links: Designfluence (the parent of this child)


Events


Maker Faire Africa

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We wholeheartedly support Maker Faires wherever they are held.

Fun Theory : AppTech

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Thefuntheory.com was/is an initiative of Volkswagen "... dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better."  We think this "thought" has widespread applications, and are interested in applying it to product design within Designfluence. 
Applications:  can be applied to this site to get more users, to projects to get more design heads involved, or to products to get more customers through engagement.

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