Go. observation - This page shows a basic visual summary of an observational analysis. This research concluded that transporting kayaks, in most cases, is difficult and time consuming. The same can be said for the majority of other personal water crafts, some even requiring a truck and trailer. My goal was to create a unique personal watercraft that easy to transport and launch anywhere.
GO. Sketching Phase 1 - The first phase of sketching explored portability in basic terms. Modular and folding systems would help this product to be easily portable. Propulsion was considered and how this could help or hinder the productâ€™s portability. Each sketching phase was followed with the construction of a test model. This helped to fully grasp product theories and lead to concept refinements.
GO. Sketching Phase 2 - Phase 2 began with the exploration of other elements of portability, such as inflation. It was considered how the propulsion device could actually enhance portability. More fun and unique ideas were generated. From the start, the goal of this project was to produce a truly innovative product. It was in this phase that innovation crystallized.
GO. Sketching Phase 3 - Many ideas from Phase 2 carried over into Phase 3. After successfully testing a model with the paddle wheel, the idea warranted further exploration. The focus became one of incorporating the wheel into the main body in order to fulfill all the portability requirements. The other crucial focus was on how the user could also steer and power the device. Is it easier to paddle with arms or legs? The answer would leave it up to user preference.
GO. Sketching Phase 4 - Much of the model testing concluded that stability is an important factor. A folding, multihull catamaran type design would be the best one suited for portability and user interaction. This also opened the door for other product innovations. In Phase 4, the focus was on refining function detail and product language. Color, finish and materials were also explored and refined in this phase of development.
GO. Models and testing - Shown above are some of the models that were made to test theories created during the sketching phases. While not all testing provided positive results, the process was both fun and educational. The evolution of working models can be seen at the bottom, leading to the final one that successfully completed test trials.
GO. Final Model - A final quarter scale model was created for presentation purposes. This also provided the opportunity to see the finished design in three dimensions and make any necessary product tweaks. The model was sculpted primarily from high density urethane foam and finished with Gesso and spray paint.
GO. Functions - The above diagram shows how the final design functions. The wheels on the side slide and lock so the user can paddle with arms or legs. The steering system is also illustrated.
GO. Final Rendering - This image shows various views of the final product, both folded and unfolded.