Cool face mask turns into exaggerated headache

Watching his wife try to use a cool face mask to endure the pain of migraines, [Sparks and Code] began to think about ways to improve the situation. The desire to save her from these debilitating bouts of pain drove him to create an active refrigerated mask, all the while keeping his own headache from an over-engineered mess.

The empty spaces in the printed mask are filled with chilled water.

Instead of having to put the face mask in the fridge to get cold, [Sparks and Code] wanted to build a mask that he could circulate cooled water through. With a large enough ice-filled reservoir, he figured the mask should be able to stay at a soothing temperature for hours on end, reducing the need for trips to the fridge.

[Sparks and Code] started photogrammetry to get a 3D model of his wife’s face. The lack of a compatible computer and CUDA-enabled GPU meant using Google Cloud to do the heavy lifting. When they started making the face mask, things got complicated. And then came the superfluous electronics. Then the overly complicated and totally unnecessary instrumentation. The… genetic algorithms? Yes. That one as well.

We won’t spoil the ending – but suffice it to say, [Sparks and Code] learned a cold, hard lesson: simpler is better! On the other hand, sometimes it’s a bit of a point to be too complicated, like in this overly complex gumball machine.

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