Ideation and Design

A project log for Deep Thought

Creating an ominous terminal that responds to voice input with quotes from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

richard-julianRichard Julian 02/12/2017 at 00:530 Comments

Yesterday and today, we've been working on our idea for Deep Thought. It started with Cara thinking of a personal-assistant like device to live in our makerspace. Us being us, we got to thinking what a good ominous device would look like for the space, and boom! Deep thought was born.

So, in our research, we realized that Deep Thought hasn't really been concretely imaged and we have a bit of wiggle room when it comes to what our end product can look like. Looking at the image search results, we did want to follow the trope of a large box-like frame resting upon some sort of neck.

Being in a makerspace and wanting something physical, we immediately started with everybody's favorite waste materials: cardboard. You can see in the photos we made a super rough, tapered cardboard cube to act as our replica base.

Today, we've started using the lasercutter to make a wooden version of our prototype! Our goal is to start working on texturing, displays, and outputs this week!