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Mark Connolly

My name is Mark Connolly and I think how fascinating the world is. Before pursuing Industrial Design at Humber College I earned a science degree in Geography. The way people move, think, feel, create, and interact with one another and their respective environments has been and always will be incredibly fascinating to me. I strive to use my scientific background and creative thinking to improve people’s wellbeing through good design practices.

The Four Essential Pillars for Design Excellence

The four essential pillars encompass human-centric design approach and the understanding of full-bodied, three dimensional physical interaction of user, product and environment. The projects generate innovative solutions using research-driven, evidence-based designs which focus on the user experience.

Enhancement of Human Lifestyle

Benchmarked products in outdoor gear are mostly designed for outdoor trekkers, which leaves researchers ill-equipped to perform their work tasks.

F.R.O.G. is tailored to accommodate many pain points specific to field research.

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Human-Interaction & User-Centric Design

The smart device along the wrist of the sleeve module enables the user can track their team members, activate the suit’s heating system, or utilize the LED torch lights in low-visibility

Additionally, fewer but larger pockets help improve organization and carrying capacity.

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Ergonomics & Human Factors Design

Modular garment accessories assist the user in adapting to adverse physical conditions as they occur, which improves overall comfort and safety for the user while conducting research in the field

Each hardware module and garment pattern is contoured and shaped specifically to not hinder movement or cause discomfort.

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Sustainability & Social Responsibility

Sustainability lies at the core of the F.R.O.G. smart garment system as it helps environmental researchers perform at their best when gathering data of vulnerable northern environments affected by climate change.

With regards to the product lifecycle, electric components are adhered over top of the garment to facilitate repairs.

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F.R.O.G. - Enhanced Gear for Environmental Researchers

Project Summary

Earth’s natural patterns are becoming less predictable and more extreme, making those at the frontier particularly vulnerable. This project is the result of intensive research and observation from environmental researchers with intensive experience conducting field work in remote subarctic regions. Given the laborious nature of the profession, this project presents the opportunity to imagine what else might be possible outside of current benchmarked functional clothing and the future of wearable technologies.

Thesis Summary Motion Presentation

FROG - Enhanced gear for environmental researchers

A set of smart functional garment products to help environmental researchers adapt to adverse conditions while conducting field research in the subarctic.

Thesis Development Process

Poster showing the full design and development process of F.R.O.G.

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3D Design Development & Modeling

Physical Model Video

the hatching of FROG: model making and design my Mark Connolly

Months planning and implementing into 20 hours of footage, condensed into 2 and a half minutes. This is a glimpse at the process of creating the F.R.O.G. functional garment system.

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F.R.O.G. - Enhanced Gear for Environmental Researchers

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ZEROCODE - Smart Stretcher Mattress System

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PIVOT - Urban Mobility for Wheelchair Users

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ZETA: Adaptive Climbing Equipment

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miAXIS - Golf Tactile Training System

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ACE - Enhanced Volleyball Training Experience

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KICKO - Enhancing Public Electric Scooters

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RYS Ski Scooter

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GEMINI - Modular Commuter Pod

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Vigilo - Police Communication & Safety Gear

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Skaði - Seasonal Mobility For Wheelchairs

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Ludere: Cerebral Palsy Inclusive Play & Mobility

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SWARM - Optimizing Urban Litter Collection

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SWARM - Optimizing Urban Litter Collection

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COVE: A Public Toilet Solution

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COVE: A Public Toilet Solution

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FLINGO- Stabilizing Walk Assisting Exoskeleton

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Maverick - Urban Food Delivery Solution

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