Design Brief
A product designer Keiran Burr has created MUKU, a soft robotic breathing aid device with tactile queue. The designer was seeking for textile collaborator who can develop and deliver the colour scheme, hand quality, knitting structure that can go with the initial concept. 
Insights 
○ Knitted cover is the most appropriate to accommodate the expansion of the device and to contour the oval orb shape.
○ Time line: Spring 2019 
○ As unorthodox the device is, the colourways should be fresh and new.
○ Direct hands-on direct communication between the product and user needs to be transparent which will govern the texture structure, thickness and softness of the knitted compartment.
○ The product is portable, and the maintenance and durability also should be considered within the design.

Inspirations & Making Plans
○ Knitted cover is the most appropriate to accommodate the expansion of the device and to contour the oval orb shape.
○ Knitted texture inspired by the sand garden for subtle yet invigorating stimulation which also adapts to the suspension of MUKU.
○ Colours inspired by reflection of light in soothing environments.
○ Wool + polypropylene blend was chosen for high-performance & low-impact quality.

Prototyping​​​​​​​
○ Total Rounds of Prototyping Process: 4 Rounds for 3 finished knitted compartments
○ Yarn: Merino Wool Polypropylene (High-performance & low-impact quality)
○ Equipment: Dubied Manual Industrial Knitting Machine
Developing balance of Hues and Saturation
Developing balance of Hues and Saturation
Fine tuning the closure details
Fine tuning the closure details
Developing the right tension, width of the knitting structure
Developing the right tension, width of the knitting structure
Colour Way Options
Colour Way Options
Final Samples
○ The prototypes were selected for a showcase for RCA Design Product booth for 2019 Milan Design Week and 2019 Venice Design Biennale. 

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