Power Up

Power Up is a one-day exploration of muscle wire (aka shape-memory alloy), an alloy that ‘remembers’ its original shape and that when deformed returns to its pre-deformed shape when heated. Fascinated by this property, the team experimented with combining muscle wire with basic electronics to create diverse motions. Different materials and objects were attached to a piece of shaped muscle wire. Built with a simple circuit, current was run through the wire to heat it up. Due to various combinations of materials and shapes, different movements were created.

The exploration offers interesting discoveries of the material as well as a variety of possibilities for future development.