Busy prepping to display at South by Southwest (SXSW), the Illumiloon team has been spending hours in the CEID (the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design) prototyping updated designs.
We have made progress on the gas release mechanism and are now testing out a few different material choices for the balloon. With pros and cons for both mylar and polyethylene, we are trying to see if there is an alternate material that we could use to enhance our design.
The team is also brainstorming creative ways to display our design at SXSW. We have thought about handing out Illumiloon kits to people who enter the Robotics Petting Zoo to deploy if they lose the person that they came with, and we have considered utilizing the entire room and using the Illumiloons to signal as part of a game. We are still trying to think of more effective ways to showcase the signaling capabilities of Illumiloon and demonstrate how easy they are to use.