"I'm listening" devices
Project Proposal: I want to design a body extension that showcases that the wearer is visibly attentive in a conversation. The extension will be attached to the ear and accentuate the size and presence of the ears. Thus, the other person in the conversation will feel like their voice is being heard and the other person is genuinely listening. 

I would two digital fabrication processes: 3D printing and CNC milling. I’m also using two different materials: PLA plastic and acrylic.

Test Cuts with High Density Foam: The test cuts were successful and the end product was as I had hoped. During my final cuts for this project, I need to see how these cuts will translate in a different material–acrylic–and how they will appear when in a smaller scale. I will probably do more test cuts with the rest of my foam to test cut my other parts and different sizes. ​​​​​​​
First Prototype: After finalizing my first prototype, the feedback I received from Fernando was helpful in understanding how I can better integrate the digital fabrication process into my prototype. Fernando suggested adding appendages to the bowl shaped part so that it could easily fit into the sound capturers. This is what I’ll pursue in my next project. 
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Group Critique: The feedback from my group critique was helpful in conceptualizing the form of my ear enhancers. We discussed that it be heavy for the user when the larger pieces of acrylic are attached to the ears so someone suggested looking at earbuds that go around the ear. I decided to follow this model and attach the acrylic pieces to the outer edge of the earbuds to act as sound capturers. 
Second Prototype: For my second prototype, I wanted to follow Fernando’s advice and integrate the digital fabrication process in terms of how the 3D printed parts and CNCnd acrylic fit together. I decided tho add “legs” onto the bowl shaped part that would slide into a cavities that I would design in the acrylic head. This idea in theory seemed ideal however, the legs that I 3-D printed didn’t accurately fit into the CNCnd acrylic. I would have to drill larger holes or sand down the legs to make this press fit work. 
Final Iteration: For my final iteration, I was able to work closely with the CNC machine in order to make cuts that were successful and worked with my end product. I also reprinted the earpiece stem with clear resin to further my concept.  Ironically, someone shouldn’t have to wear ear extensions to make their attention known yet it has become necessary in certain contexts. With the entire product being clear, the ear extensions are “invisible” yet noticeable; the wearer is subtly letting an another person know that they present. ​​​​​​​
"I'm listening" devices
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