modular sheet metal study - As an homage to Buckminster Fuller, i decided to experiment with the idea of geodesic architecture, using 1/16 inch sheet metal, and various metal shop tools. A globe could be fabricated with about 1000 of these pieces.
MIT/RISD Age Lab wheelchair prototype - This wheelchair was designed for an individual that has not lost use of their legs, and would rather a mode of transportation that didn't give a "handicap" association. Intended for senior citizens as well as leg and back injury patients undergoing rehabilitation. *Winner of the 2001 Roddy Award, Medical Instrument Design Award.
single string instrument (lucy) - At 7 ft tall, 30 lb, this welded steel & maple stand up bass instrument allowed me to experiment with welding for the first time. The shapes and materials used were inspired by the new england boating community as well as the atlantic ocean.
Bolzov: electric spring instrument - This is an electric instrument, cross between xylophone, zither, piano, electric bass, synth, extremely loud and awesome. the shape of the instrument is based on an early 70's moog electric organ, built in midi speaker and variable output amplifier. 12 springs make the noise, and 3 humbucker electric guitar pickups make the noise louder for your pleasure. You can also plug an electric guitar into it. When this is done, the Bolzov becomes a big yellow distortion pedal... it rocks.
mahi wall lamp - Designed for a budding coastal bar/pub chain along the Atlantic Ocean. This lamp was meant to convey the essence of the offshore animals existing off the coast of this area, specifically the Mahi Mahi. Fabricated out of 3 identical pieces of vacu-formed PTEG(vivex), and anondized aluminum tube stock, the design revolves around ease of production and packaging.
quagga console radio - It is what it is, no CD player, no MP3 port, just AM-FM RADIO. 34 inches tall, tube radio chassis, knurled aluminum knobs, hard maple console, air-tight MDF speaker cabinet, light avacado yellow aluminum body plating, silver nylon speaker covers. Brushed aluminum "Quagga" name plate. Studying the aesthetic of past floor models and vintage guitar amplifiers, the look of this radio transcends a specific era of music. It's no iPod.
Aquaculture Shelving Unit - In the search for a structural and easily built oyster shelving unit, I was asked to design a shelf that employed extruded angle iron, bar stock and rebar.
Aquaculture Shelving Unit - Aquaculture shelving units with mesh bagged oysters arranged on a tidal mudflat.
KELP: controlled mobility aboard the ISS - Here are some preliminary sketches that proved to be inspirational in the development of the KELP units biomorphic form.
KELP: controlled mobility aboard the ISS - These images illustrate the concept of designing a rubber covered semi-rigid armature as a pliable restraint device for regular use aboard the International Space Station. Why is the Astronaut holding a manilla folder you ask? I don't know... he's organized?
KELP: controlled mobility aboard the ISS - These images illustrate the inner structure of the KELP unit, the way in which the unit slides and locks into place with existing ISS handrails and the tri-symetrical shape of the unit in full stretch.
Hawaiian sling/Atlatl Hybrid - In using Hawaiian slings while spearfishing for open ocean species, I noticed that most slings would not allow a diver to impale anything farther than the length of the spear itself. As I tried to refine the sling, I found the existing mechanics of an ancient hunting weapon (the atlatl) to best fit my needs. This simple spun aluminum piece now allows the spear to separate from the spearfisherman, allowing a greater distance between the hunter and hunted.
Pelagic ocean animal movement studies for Monofin - In beginning to understand the extreme efficiency of the movement of oceanic animals, I needed to explore the body structure as well as their locomotive qualities. These important factors were imperitive to the design of the monofin. Through watching ocean documentries and visiting aquariums I arrived at studies such as these.
Initial ideas for the Monofin - As I became increasingly interested with the sport of free-diving, I decided to refine the main piece of equipment used in this dangerous sport. I began to arrive at a design early in my brainstorming, but decided to further experiment with the shape of the blade and the different ways of attaching it to a human body. These initial sketches show the evolution of the design.
dolfin swimming device (working prototype) - This simply designed swimming apparatus is the precursor to my recent refinement of a free-diving monofin. aluminum swiveling fork, neoprene/ nylon calf & ankle straps, carbon-fiber composite spine, plexiglass tail piece. designed for open ocean helecopter rescue teams. It attaches to the knee and ankle joints, preventing injury to the rescuer during splash-down.
Monofin blade prototype model - At 50 inches across, this low drag sickle shaped monofin blade is meant to increase the efficiency of a free-divers kicking movement as he/she descends during a dive. The sickle shape is important to my design due to the fact that every fast moving pelagic ocean predator has a large tail that uses this shape to travel long distances efficiently and without extranious movement.
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Paul Osimo
Senior Industrial Designer Providence, RI