Role: designer (individual work)
Birch plywood, PLA, metal, Arduino, electronics, 2015
Linkki is a kinetic construction toy based on planar linkage mechanism with which users can design movements, make kinetic arts and learn basic STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects by hands-on playing. Consisting of a modular box, bars and circles, and active modules, Linkki simplifies the technical construction toy to such an extent as to look minimal but still retains the versatility of construction blocks as an educational tool and designer’s prototyping tool. It is made as a part of MA thesis at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
16 types of bars with four different shapes (perforated, with slit, angled and triangular) and circles of two different sizes.
Three types of motors: full rotation, limited rotation, interactive motors:
Full rotation rotates clockwise with a constant speed when users push the button.
Limited rotation rotates to and fro between the angles set by a knob which works as a power switch and a dial. By turning the knob clockwise, the interval increases.
Interactive rotates according to the Wifi signal sent from the Sensor unit.
Sketch a move!
With LINKKI, users can design movement whether it be for kinetic prototyping or for storytelling.
Move a sketch!
The other primary usage of this toy is to draw using traces that linkage leaves behind. The drawing mechanism can be driven either by a hand crank or a motor.