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put the robot back together concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

The idea definitely seems feasible. It might be a little boring though. It seems pretty low tech as its shown here. There is going to have to be a way to make it seem more high tech in order to up the wow factor. If its just putting some blocks together, it might not be very interesting or believable (intuitively a robot shouldn't be snap-together). I think actually plugging in wires (like the storyboard shows) is a little more believable that you are actually fixing a robot.

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Reviewer 2:

This method of building the robot from the ground up would be a lot of fun! The only worry that I would have is that this design would inherently have to take a LOT of abuse: these parts will be falling apart constantly: either through game resets, or dropping during assembly. While the physical parts may be durable, how will the paint and any decals hold up over time, how often would these parts need to be replaced to not look "second hand"

Additionally, would it actually be possible to keep the robot parts light enough to be easily lifted and assembled without ruining the illusion that the users are putting together an actual robot? If the robot felt obviously as if it was made out of hollow plastic, the user would be acutely aware that this was "make believe." A proper weight for the parts would have to be decided on.

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Reviewer 3:

I like the setting. It is minimalistic and futuristic. The lighting and materials that you use to build the room will dictate the user experience.

The puzzle may be too evident. You can add an element of problem solving

than just giving straight directions.

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Reviewer 4:

Cool hands on activity.

The parts laying on the floor make it very clear the objective of the room to the guests.

Everyone likes to build things, so this is a cool idea to let them do it.

The diagram on the wall is intuitive and I can see the guests understanding the task clearly.

The voice over is also helpful.

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Client 5:

Assembling a robot would be awesome.

There is a real challenge in making these parts robust enough for the BEATING they will receive many times an hour.

But if that can be overcome, I think it's a very neat idea.

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robot concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

The sketch is very good but I have the same critiques as above. It is going in the right direction to have the visor light up and the voice upon completion. I still think it needs a little more as far as the assembly goes.

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Reviewer 2:

This design looks great!The modularity of the device makes it seem as if left/right confusion would not be an issue, which was what I though could be a problem.

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Reviewer 3:

The robot is interesting. However, I find the number of parts too less for a large group size. Also, the parts seem interchangeable at places. You might like to make unique joints to increase the challenge.

I am concerned that people might damage the parts by dropping them on the floor, carrying them with them (rare possibility), or losing them in crevices and hidden corners.

One concern is that if the group is unable to assemble it, how do you make them proceed anyway, or how do you decrease the complexity of the puzzle?

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Reviewer 4:

The modular joints and parts make it easy to understand.

My only question is the material choice of the body parts that would allow it to be light enough to assemble by kids, but sturdy enough to support the weight (wood sounds like an obvious choice), but I don't know how the magnetism would work.

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Client 5:

This is cool.

Fixing the feet to the floor makes a lot of sense.

What would the pieces be made of?

Durability will be a challenge.

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magnetic joints concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

I like that you have given consideration to the mechanics of how the concept will operate. That is a good level of detail to have at this point. Very good that it easily comes apart and resets. Joints will have to be carefully designed so that they actually do fall apart (the legs might not want to jump out of the feet).

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Reviewer 2:

A very clever idea! I think that this is a really neat way to hold the robot up, while still allowing for dissasembly and game re-set.

A couple issues I saw:

1) Where the joints fitting into cylindrical holes? If that was the case, I don't think that simply demagnetizing the joints would make the whole robot fall apart. The joints could just stay in their sockets.

2) Some feasibility testing needs to be done regarding the magnetism. Magnetic attraction force grows weaker as you add more parts to the magnetic circuit (ie more limbs to the robot). Will the force still be strong enough at the very top to hold all the necessary appendages? Additionally, would this force "feel" constant enough to the user throughout the process, or will the legs feel a much greater attraction force compared to the arms and head?

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Reviewer 3:

The apple power adapter type joints are interesting. You might like to use mains power rather than batteries for controlling the electromagnets. A minor concern is, what if a personal object is accidentally dropped in the holes. You can probably make the cavities really shallow.

I have doubts whether the robot will self disassemble when the magnetic fields are switched off. Residual magnetic fields in the iron cores might still hold it together. You might need to jerk it to break it to pieces.

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Reviewer 4:

Clever idea for the ease of joining the pieces and the ability for the system to reset.

I'm not sure of all the details, but I think it would be really cool to implement.

Nice work.

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Client 5:

The joints are the key feature of the robot -- something that holds securely, falls apart easily when switched, and holds up to (literally) millions of cycles is a challenge.

Passing power through each joint is neat, though it adds a significant level of complexity.

Are there ways to achieve this effect without transmitting power?

A very neat idea.

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Overall concept sketch clarity and presentation

Reviewer 1:

All of the sketches are very well done and very cool. There is sufficient level of detail to be able to understand what is happening and to be confident that the team is going to be able to move forward from here. Great job.

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Reviewer 2:

All the sketches were incredibly helpful. Not only did they give me an idea of what the concept was, but they gave a good idea of the style of the robot, which is essential to the "fun" of this experience.

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Reviewer 3:

The website and the presentation are lovable. They perfectly convey the storyboard and the concepts easily and quickly.

The simplicity of the website, the perfectly drawn sketches and the presentation are really good.

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Reviewer 4:

Drawings were very well done.

The progression of the ideas was also very good.

No major issues seen from my end.

Nice job!

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Client 5:

Gorgeous drawings, clearly presented, well annotated -- really well done.

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