“Helless” the Horror Protector – 1(W6)

Subject: Product for Halloween
Team member: Dana Elkis

The process of progressing the idea

First, our idea starts with the costume and it becomes the mask. We thought the mask vending machine which runs by sensing people’s body part that not normal like an elbow, tongue, hips. After that, we were talking about  What is the meaning the mask has? We thought usually the masks in Halloween is the symbol of fears like monsters, ghosts, or demons. If so, what is the “real” fear? -> Loan, money, and gun.

– – – break time – – –

We tried to focus on the opposite way of horror like peace because both of us don’t like scary things especially horror films. So we decided to make the protector from horror. We brainstormed what people do when they saw terrify scene. (What we are doing in the theater)

They are always trying to cover their senses like,

Cover eyes,

or Cover ears

or grab somebody’s arm

So we designed the product that covers those three behaviors. We had planned using servo motors for eyes and ears cover. These covers are run by the sensors in both handles. Cover the helmet with fur for warmth and relax feeling. And also put a display panel on the product for earning the data that how much seconds that user is frightened in the movie. The name “Helless” is combined two words “Hell” and “less” that means less the feeling like in the hell.

Sketch 1
Sketch 2
Sketch 3

The sphere form of the helmet is inspired by Walter Pichler’s TV helmet.
Also, we thought the rounded shape gives more soft feeling to the users.

Small Room Prototype no.4, Walter Pichler, 1967
TV-Helmet(Portable Living Room), Walter Pichler, 1967