The workshop group that I was a part of, Soft Powers, utilized a "Joule Thief" to steal energy from dead batteries. As for the conceptual wrapper of this circuit, we used the relationship between enzymes and substrates as metaphor.
Just like the joule thief which uses dead batteries, enzyme-substrate relationship uses as little energy as it can to operate.
To visualize the joule thief, we created a set of garments that when connected together, lit up. The formal decisions for these garments followed the principles that govern the enzyme-substrate complex that occur during a chemical reaction.
In three days, we produced a working prototype which included a set of garments that had origami sleeves, a working circuitry, a poster and a presentation.
Project Members: Xi Yu, Grace Kwon, Katey Noone, Samantha Vassar, Gizem Oktay, Iren Cooper