Enrique Encinas
IxD + Design Research

Newton Machine


2017-2020

Design + Artifact:
︎Interactive Maquette
︎Design Fiction
Research:
︎Energy + Futures


Design work within the Newton Machine project with James Auger and other members of the Reconstrained Design Group envisioning alternative forms of energy production and use in coastal regions. We designed and built a series of gravity batteries, gearbox mech- anisms hooked to motors that would generate electricity when a heavy weight was dropped with communities in Madeira (Portugal) and Eday (Scotland).
Later we developed fully functional domestic products to imagine how gravity as an energy source would be materialised and interacted with in everyday settings. We built a gravity powered lamp and an gravity powered turntuble. A speaker was encased within two heavy led-infused semi-spheres that were tied to a pulley sys- tem that fed an electrical generator. The energy generated by the falling concrete powered the vertical record player.
The Reconstrained Design Group won the II International Cultural Innovation prize awarded by the Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) in Barcelona. We exhibited our work in the CCCB museum.

Text:
︎Encinas E.., Hanna J. & Auger, J.,  (2017).  Wait for the Drop: Designing a Gravity Powered Turntable of the Future. xCoAx.


︎Auger J, Hanna J, Encinas E (2017). Reconstrained Design: A Manifesto. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ’17). ACM, New York, 177-81. DOI:10.1145/3064857.3079141


︎Auger J, Hanna J, Encinas E (2017). Reconstrained Design: Confronting Oblique Design Constraints. In Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Nordic Design Research (NORDES’17).http://www.nordes.org/nordes2017

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