STATUS       5 weeks, Autumn 2019 
PROJECT     Physical Prototyping + Arduino Coding 
MY ROLE    Physical Interaction, Documentation, Prototype Construction. 
TEAM          Adam Ahmed & Amixa-Ray Calzado
We often find ourselves pacing and wondering about what's next. What is due, to-do. What is my schedule today, tomorrow, this week, this month... Often miss the chance to take time to sit down and think outside of chasing our dreams. About our well-being physically and mentally.
Ponder is an experimental prototype pushing comfort with understanding our design responses. Which can be executed with the consideration of the form and materials. One that will house the interaction in comfort and the way electronics will be able to read sensors.
Break time aimed to encourage people to take time to be introspective, ask themselves about their current wellbeing. 
Ponder ideated from an assignment to create a prototype from three objects. A table, a desk, or a chair. This taken on by two students at a large campus, we have noticed the range of chairs around the campus. None quite as close as Ponder.
Avoiding consistent productivity or what previous Designers have achieved in the class. We delved introspectively and sought out the stress relief and curiosity within the users. For the limited knowledge, we both had of the Arduino and time for the class. We executed a chair based on the presence of a user at the chair.

The time we create for ourselves is a great time served in taking a proper break. It allows time for us to understand and process what needs to be addressed. Whether that is productively or self-care as we get caught up with the waves of tasks to complete. Ponder is to help be that anchor.
Arduino parts and wiring. Woodshop behind the scenes.
For detection, we used a Force-Sensing Resistor (FSR). Placed within the cushion of the seat to detect the presence of a user. When pressure is applied a resistance value in ohms ( Ω ) is sent through the Arduino. Cycling in a loop to generate a prompt from the Real-Time Clock (RTC), the actuator, to the Adafruit Thermal Printer to process a ticket.
Collection of the printed tickets, a lot of trial and error. 
Live high-fidelity prototype
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