In order to better develop the design for the pedal boat, we went to Sports Hub for a field trip to experience the ride.
^ Close-up photos of the pedal as well as a simple 3-way control of the direction. (L-left, straightforward, R-right)
We also tested on how the boat can make a U-turn and here is a video on it:
The boat wouldn’t be stuck but could turn even at a very close distance to the floating ball as long as we pedaled.
We also looked at the different platform on land and floating and considered what possible solutions could be used for our design.
Overall, what we concluded from this field trips are:
The boat moves at a very slow speed and it was quite exhausting to move around in the lake in sports hub and thus we felt that the size of nanyang lake is just nice for a casual and relaxing ride.
The boat could get stuck when moved near plants in the water therefore causing unnecessary trouble. This issue would be resolved if the boats are tied to a pulley system on a fixed route.
The shelter needs to be more further developed so that it works better to shed the sunlight. The material needs to be more durable as well to withstand the weather.
The pedal seat didn’t allow adjustment to the inclination of the seat and it could have provided better back rest.
Besides, we also measured some dimensions of both the exterior and interior of the boats, which could be used in the following process when we go into detailing of our design.
We will develop our design based on observations made from the field trip and also implement an interactive feature into the boat system.