Fab-Culture Perma-Lab Nyami Nyami: Low-key CSI 2019

The aim of this 10% project for you, my peach, to invent and resolve to design a proto-typable, Permaculture orientated product, to inspire, innovation and attract users to Fab Labs and Permaculture, as well as show the potential of these two initiatives. This empowers prospective communities to recreate your invention, which in the process of making, cultivates learning, the transfer of knowledge, skill sharing and innovation. Your design solution will also illustrate how Permaculture can improve communities and inform design and new designers.

Emmarentia is a suburb situated in Johannesburg and is known for its craft restaurants, artisanal shops and the occasional concert in the park.  Some of the points of interest that make up Emmarentia are Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Melville Koppies and Marks Park Sports Club.

The aim of this 10% project is to invent and resolve to design a proto-typable, Permaculture orientated product, to inspire, innovation and attract users to Fab Labs (SDG 9) and Permaculture(SDG 15), as well as show the potential of these two initiatives. This empowers prospective communities to recreate your invention, which in the process of making, cultivates learning, the transfer of knowledge, skill sharing and innovation. Your design solution will also illustrate how Permaculture can improve communities and inform design and new designers.

What you are required to do is to find a situation in the Emmarentia area that is necessary, but currently makes use of a system that is non-sustainable, and create a design intervention that makes it sustainable and fun to do.

HOW WE HELPED

Emmarentia is a known dump site for bodies and weapons, as well as occasionally needles and other medical waste. This waste poses a threat to the people who do water sports in and around the dam

 

Problem Statement: The people doing water sports at the Emmarentia dam, specifically the divers at the Normalair dive club, need a way to make finding and collecting the weapons and needles that have been dumped in the dam more fun and entertaining, and to get the community more involved in this process. The goal for this project is to make the dam a safer place in a fun engaging way.

WHAT WE DID

We decided to solve this problem using the “fish police”, a drone that can be used to look for weapons and other rubbish that has been thrown in the dam.

 

This drone was then adapted to be more fun and engaging by attaching a modular monster to the top of it, which allows the person controlling the drone to have fun interactions with the people visiting the dam and possibly building new urban legends that could revitalize younger generations interest in the outdoors.

 

THE DRONE

We decided to name the drone after the Nyami Nyami, an African river god, as it protects and cleans up the dam and strikes fear in the heart of it’s enemies. Some of our initial conceptual sketches are as follows

The drone is also modular and will be open source, which means that users can 3D print it and build it themselves, as well as make their own monsters and other parts to attach to the drone.

This will help to get tech and drone enthusiasts to make their own drones and get them involved in cleaning up the dam. The electronics for the drone have been sourced from open source drone projects and are relatively affordable.

 

HYDRAULICS & SENSOR SYSTEM:

This collection of sensors allows the operator of the Nyami Nyami to know the condition of the drone and will let them know immediately if there is a problem. It also controls the drones hydraulic arms.

 

MOTORS:

This circuit controls the drones movement. This circuit is as complex as it is due to how many motors are needed to move the drone around.

 

MARKETING

The drone could be marketed through ads that look like newspaper articles bought out in somewhat seedy newspapers, like the daily sun, as well as through street pole ads. This is a fun way of building the urban legend of the Nyami Nyami living in the Emmarentia dam.

 

DRONE CONTROL

Users will be able to connect to and control the drone using an app on their phones. The phones will connect to powerful wifi access points that can be placed on the buoys in the dam. The signal will then be transmitted through the water using specialized acoustic wireless access points.

Users can move the drone around with their left thumb and control the drones depth with their right one. If they click on the claw or the magnet button the drone will hold steady and they will be able to use their thumbs to control the corresponding hydraulic arm instead of the drone itself. Essential information is displayed at the top of the screen.