Making Wireless Toys

Parsons School of Design: School of Art, Media, and Tech

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Making Wireless Toys
Spring 2024
Taught By: Yuri Gitman
Section: A

CRN: 10696

Credits: 3

When we play, we suspend judgment and logic and enter a "magic bubble" where giggling is a goal. In this course, we define "toys" as "interfaces for open-ended play experiences". With this in mind, this course focuses on prototyping wireless electronic toys. We start by looking at the history of toys. We discuss and explore toy concept development. We look at techniques for creating vinyl and plush stuffed toys. Students will first make toy concepts with traditional non-electronic materials. After this, we begin experimenting with electronic user interfaces. We will use "micro:bit" as our electronics platform. We concentrate on programming for interaction with sight, sound, and touch. The final part of the course is a student-led project. Students will ideate concepts and ultimately create their own wireless toys. The instructor will help students bring their concepts to life. We will discuss entrepreneurial considerations for launching toy products. The final project will be presented in a critique with toy industry experts. Some prototyping experience is recommended, but not required. Sewing or hot-glue gun experience is recommended, but not required.

Open to: All University grad students, and upperlevel undergrads. Some seats have been reserved for MFA DT students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Art, Media, and Tech (AMT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:34pm EDT 5/21/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 1202
Date Range: 1/25/2024 - 5/9/2024