Documentation & Reflection

Week 2

Lachlan McIntyre - Mon 9 March 2020, 3:01 pm

Soldering Induction

First up this week I had my soldering introduction. I had never soldered before so it took me a bit to understand what to do and it was very messy. Lots of safety stuff to remember, but I came out of it with a working device.

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Tuesday and Wednesday contact were presentations of our project ideas & inspirations. Wednesday session 1 is when I presented my idea, and afterwards we categorized all our ideas into themes. It was interesting to see the trends that a lot of people went to.

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78 - 207 Space Induction

This space induction had a lot of safety rules and new tools I have never used. Not sure what I'm going to use any of these tools for but I am still excited to see what we can do!

Project Ideas & Inspirations

Lachlan McIntyre - Mon 2 March 2020, 11:28 pm
Modified: Mon 2 March 2020, 11:30 pm


OSCAR is a three part bin that tracks the amount and kind of waste produced by each person in a household. Giving people a way to see how much they throw away can help highlight unnecessary waste and make them think about finding a more sustainable alternative to things they buy.

How it works

OSCAR can be setup to have profiles for everyone who lives in a household. A display on the front of OSCAR shows the current amount of waste produced by each person from the start of the week. At the end of the week when the bin needs to be emptied, OSCAR will decide who must empty it based on the amount of waste produced that week. When someone uses OSCAR the items they have thrown away will be checked by OSCAR to see if they have placed it in the correct bin. If the wrong bin has been used, OSCAR will make a horrendous retching sound and throw the waste back out of the bin.


I came up with the initial idea for OSCAR during the brainstorming session with the playing cards, which gave me the sentence ‘Design to train in a kitchen using sound with the quality playfully’, the idea was then further developed within the group at my table. The other inspiration for OSCAR was Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street.

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smartbin #waste #environment #kitchen #household #family