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Dan Dorsch
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floor panel lighting 1 concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

The drawing is quite simple and does not give a lot of information about the design concept. The explanation is helpful, but maybe the glass panel, gasket, and wires could be shown in the picture. I am also not sure how the wires would route through the panels. There do not appear to be any access holes.

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Reviewer 2:

You say here that "The benefits of this method are each unit can be easily serviced and components can be replaced without removing a full assembly." ...I don't see how this is possible. It's a rigid grid with glass in the holes, so to replace components, you'll have to tear up multiple beams, isn't that right? One of us is confused, I think.

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Client 3:

Good concept here.

I think a system where multiple panels have framing in common will be more complex to engineer and install than your second concept, in which each panel is self-contained.

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floor panel lighting 2 concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

Similar concerns as the first concept. Could access holes be added so that wires do no have to be routed through conduits. It also appears that replacing a single unit would be easier than having to disassemble the entire structure. Maybe a depiction of installation or repair would have made the point clearer.

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Reviewer 2:

I don't see how replacing a unit here is any harder than in the first example. I think this is the way to go - modular. This is a common theme in many people's storyboards - light up floor tiles, so if you can accomplish this, that would be a good step forward!

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Client 3:

I like this a lot -- self-contained panels would make installation easy, and ever panel can be exactly the same, for ease of construction and interchangeability.

Getting the floor system to be as thin as possible would be important, as any height requires ramping (ADA code) -- could you get it under an inch?

Two inches at worst?

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floor panel lighting 3 concept sketch comments

Reviewer 1:

This drawing addresses many of the concerns in the previous sketches. It looks like you have drawn the gasket as a radial seal, but I think that a face seal would be more effective and easier to install, unless if you are going to rely on the friction of the radial seal to hold the panels, then you have to be careful of the gasket going around the small radius of the corner.

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Reviewer 2:

You might want to think about how each of these tiles is communicating to the show controller. It might make more sense to have all of the tiles controlled by a single microcontroller that talks to the show controller. This does mean the connections between tiles would need to be more complicated, but they still all need to be connected to a power source, right? From my experience, strain gauges are very finicky and probably aren't the right way to go here (but perhaps you have more experience than me). I'd look into variable resistance materials and pressure pads.

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Client 3:

Thinking about the construction of the panels is great.

I'm not sure the panels would need to be waterproof (and that is a high bar!).

Do you envision that each panel has a "home run" of wiring, or do they somehow have unique addresses and interconnect?

If you have two colors of LEDS anyway, is it worth going full RGB, so this could do fancy lighting effects too?

The strain gauge (or other sensor) doesn't need to control the LEDs directly -- it can just supply a dry contact to the master control system, and the lighting could be controlled from that system by common lighting control protocols (like DMX-512).

This is a very neat idea.

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Overall concept sketch clarity and presentation

Reviewer 1:

The website design is clear and easy to use.

The concept sketches are well done, but more detail would have improved the clarity.

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Reviewer 2:

In the first two pictures, you talk about wires and electronics, and it would have been nice to see these things in at least one panel, just to get a sense of how they fit - especially because it's hard for me to visualize how 1 vs 2 is harder without seeing the wires you talk about. I thought the sketches were pretty clear otherwise, with a good use of perspective and good line art. In the title of your work, you mention robustness and ease of installation, and I feel as though you only covered the latter. I would have liked to see more work that went into the robustness, because that is a huge thing 5wits is looking for, with so many guests stomping around.

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Client 3:

Nice sketches.

I like that you are thinking about the real nitty-gritty details of how the system would physically assemble.

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