Hopping Toy Design

September '16 - October 16'

This hopping toy was designed as part of a project introducing students to the design process of researching, sketching, prototyping, and creating. By way of these principles, I created a toy whose trigger was two hardboard members whose pendulum-like swing un-locked a spring via the release of a wooden dowel

The Beginnings

I began the toy's design process by searching for bio-inspiration in grassy meadows near college, and sketching what I'd found. I also researched the jumping mechanisms click beetles, inspired by their sudden vertical jolt.


The Remaining Process

Once I'd collected information on hopping mechanisms, I created sketches and built cheap, rapid prototypes using cardboard, popsicle sticks, and hot glue. After many iterations and improvements, I used laser-cut hardboard for a final refined product. Due to its light weight, the hopping toy was able to jump significant heights.