TERRAINER

Sept 2014 – Dec 2014   

 The alpha prototype of Terrainer, the first outdoor bicycle resistance trainer on the market.

The alpha prototype of Terrainer, the first outdoor bicycle resistance trainer on the market.

 
 

As part of my senior capstone

for mechanical engineering at MIT, I worked on a team of 24 to bring a product from ideation to alpha prototype within three months. My team, Blue Team, designed Terrainer, the first outdoor bicycle resistance trainer on the market.

In the beginning of the semester, my team elected me to be the systems integrator, effectively the product manager. I ran lab meetings, guided product direction, and facilitated the integration of the design, engineering, and user research components into the alpha prototype.

I was also elected to present the technical portion of the product at the end-of-semester product launch. In front of a live audience of 1,200 and web audience of over 2,000, I debuted Terrainer alongside two other fellow presenters. Watch the full final presentation and walk through the different phases of our design process below.

 

 

Blue Team Final Presentation

 

 

Phase 1: IDEATION & SKETCH MODELING

The first three weeks of the capstone focused on product ideation. After brainstorming and sketching a wide range of ideas, the team broke up into six groups and created sketch models for the top six ideas. My group presented FlowAssist, a lightweight wearable for aiding the blood flow of patients with low blood pressure.

 

Phase 2: Mockups

After finishing our sketch models, Blue Team evaluated the feasibility of each idea and selected four candidates for continuation. After discussing and sketching various ideas, my group began building a mockup model for Terrainer.

 Brainstorming and sketching mockup ideas for implementation.

Brainstorming and sketching mockup ideas for implementation.

 A sketch of an idea for the mockup model from my lab notebook, with notes on technical challenges.

A sketch of an idea for the mockup model from my lab notebook, with notes on technical challenges.

 The completed mockup model of our design.

The completed mockup model of our design.

Phase 3: Assembly

After testing our mockup and identifying several technical concerns with the implementation, we modified our design in the assembly phase. We modeled and rendered this new vision in Solidworks.

terrainer assembly.jpg

Phase 4: Alpha Prototype

With only a few weeks left of the class, we built, tested, and polished the final alpha prototype right in time for the product launch.

terrainer alpha prototype 2.jpg
 

 

Blue Team