VOCA Off Grid started as Pro Voca Design back in the early 2000s. Then I was a creative, imagineer, and eager to build with my hands. As a maker and reverse-engineer, I take pride in re-developing products with found materials and a mix of hope, intuition, and skepticism.
Exercise Bike Makeover
I received this "brand new" exercise bike from my grandparents. At the time of my negotiation to take it from them, I assumed by "new" they meant that it was purchased within my lifetime. I was wrong.
This thing was useless! I'm not sure what I tried to transform it in to...
Skate Skiing in Boston
I'd always been intrigued by Skate Skiing, it seemed like a healthy past-time, but kinda expensive to pay $300+ for a setup that I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy. Instead, I chose to buy the cheapest pair of Roller Blades that I could find at K-Mart and combine them with a chopped square, aluminum tube.
I needed poles too. Broomsticks and tennis balls, will do. I wanted a full body workout, so I opted for heavier poles than standard. There's gotta be a better buffer than the tennis ball, though.
I quickly learned that the bigger wheels were necessary for clearing the sidewalk cracks and debris on the roads.
My sister and I had been discussing the challenges of juggling coffee cups while carrying goods, pushing carts, or opening doors. I had discovered the on=line machine shop called Ponoko so I used the freeware graphic design tools of Inkscape and Paint.NET to design a few doo-dads. I also got to purchase springs from McMaster-Carr.
Fun project, no product ;-)
I decided to cut up an old alpine snowboard. Whoops. I had "acquired" rally nice longboard trucks and skate wheels on Craigslist, so rather than purchasing a wooden skate deck, I thought I'd improvise with an old wood-core snowboard. This didn't work so well, as the snowboard-deck was too noodly and didn't provide a safe platform.