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April 2nd, 2014
19:07
 

Hey IBM!

Apparatus X has officially launched its Indiegogo campaign today! We are hoping to reach our funding goal of $20,000 with this campaign, and we’d really appreciate it if you check it out! Here’s the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/apparatus-x-empowering-disaster-victims/x/6807372

We are attempting to raise $15,000 in 30 days, and we have a bunch of cool awards for our contributors! For $25 we’re sending a signed picture of the completed project, for $100 we’re displaying the name or business of our contributor, and for $1000 we’re giving away a 1:12 scale model of Apparatus X. Please check out our campaign, and share it with your friends and family!

Thanks!

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The goal of this project is to redesign a recreational vehicle to act as an adaptable tool trailer capable of expanding into a workspace, creating a mobile construction site that could be relocated to the site of a natural disaster. The trailer will also serve as a design studio for both individual and community design, fostering a collective knowledge and collaborative learning environment. As a third function, the trailer will serve as a micro living unit, which must be aesthetically pleasing as an illustration of what can be adopted by others as a comfortable and efficient living environment.

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February 26th, 2014
15:12
 

Hello IBM, thank you so much for accepting us into the Students for a Smarter Planet Program! Our team is very excited to join all of the other incredible teams on this website.

My name is Josh, and I am the financial team leader for Apparatus X, an adaptable tool trailer capable of expanding into a workspace, creating a mobile construction site that could be relocated to the site of a natural disaster. Our team is composed of about twenty Architecture and Engineering students at The Pennsylvania State University. We hope to complete the project by the end of this semester, after which it will travel to the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. Once it arrives, it must expand into a full workspace, storing a wide variety of tools. The trailer will act as a community workspace, facilitating the engagement and education necessary to rebuild a damaged area. The trailer will also be entirely self-sustainable, generating its own power with an array of solar panels on its roof, and using a rainwater collection and purification system to sustainably and efficiently provide water. This system also serves a didactic purpose, demonstrating the possibility to live a green lifestyle. Finally, the trailer must also serve as a micro-living unit, supporting a single resident. The image below shows Apparatus X after it has fully deployed, exhibiting its expandability and multiple work areas.

ApparatusX

 

Apparatus X is divided into three equal sections, displayed in the image below. The first section is the live space, which will contain a kitchen, bathroom, and bed for the resident of the vehicle. The next section is the flex and design space, which will provide a social area for collaborative design. The final area is a work area that provides work surfaces as well as storage space for tools.

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Thank you again for accepting us into your program! We are very excited to post updates on our progress, and learn about the projects that all of the other teams are working on!

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