The prompt for this studio course was simply to design a product from start to finish. I looked for design opportunities in my daily life with the wish to explore betters solutions to day-to-day problems. As a person with prescription glasses, and a motorcycle rider, I find nearly ever ride I take without wearing contacts, there are inconveniences and discomfort. Through extensive research, both primary and secondary, I discovered that I was not alone with this issue. Very few have sought to create more convenient and comfortable options for those without perfect vision. I wanted to find an improved solution for riding motorcycles and wearing full-face helmets (much more protective than half-helmets) for those who either require glasses for prescription, or simply enjoy wearing sunglasses while riding. While designing, I focused on safety/protection, convenience, comfort, and aesthetics. Through research of existing products and innovative materials I found my final product to reach my intended purposes. With scratch-resistant polycarbonate substituted for glass, silicon and rubber padding for extra comfort, and the use of Flexon metal for flexibility, MotoRx is unlike any product out there. As a female rider, I have found that many products geared towards women are designed by men and for men first and foremost. It seems to some that a simple color change (seemingly more feminine) is satisfactory in creating women's motorcycle lines. While my product is not designed exclusively for women, I believe it has the ability to satisfy customers of all genders. With all of this in mind, I sought to create a product that could be seen as not solely a motorcycle accessory, but also a day-to-day wearable.
The main innovation of MotoRx is the dual capabilities as a motorcycle riding accessory, as well as a casual street pair of glasses. The main frames are made up of foldable arms attached with screws, as well as a flexible and bendable nose arch, allowing them to be stored in a small leather case on the keychain of your bike.When ready to ride, one simply removes the riding portion of the glasses from the main frame. This riding portion is armless, held by grips underneath the eyes and around the nose. The armless feature gives the rider the option to comfortably wear and remove their glasses while wearing a full-face helmet. Once finished riding,simply slide the riding portion back into the frames and walk around with an attractive and stylish pair of glasses. These are not exclusively designed for people with prescriptions, rather anyone with glasses or sunglasses. MotoRx has the basic dimensions of existing glasses. The frames would come in multiple lengths to accommodate different sizes and styles. In addition, the colors and some materials could easily be substituted to create a more luxurious or less expensive version.By researching many innovative materials, I decided on a select few. Included in the final product are aluminum for the arms of the main frames, stainless steel for all of the hardware and screws, and nylon for the front of the frames holding the lenses. Aluminum has corrosion resistant qualities and a remarkably low density,stainless steel also is known for its corrosion resistance. Nylon is a synthetic polymer, a thermoplastic silky material that can be melt-processed into fibers, films, orshapes. As I was searching for a proper material to use for the nose arch I stumbled upon Flexon. It is a newer material, utilizing nitinol, a shape memory alloy composed of titanium and nickel, which unlike other metals can "remember" and return to its original set shape. These features, and its lighter weight and increased durability make it extremely appropriate for use in eyewear. Lastly, because eyes are so important to everyone, I believe it is crucial to find safe and protective materials to use for them. I chose to use polycarbonate for the lenses of my glasses in case of an accident. Polycarbonates used in engineering are strong, tough materials, and some grades are optically transparent. They are easily worked, molded, and thermoformed, making it the perfect material. As I explored the form, Ifabricated this project by 3D printing my computer model and using painting and sanding techniques to achieve clear lenses and my intended outcome. Multiple versions were attempted before finding a satisfactory size and design.