A parasite has to interface with its host. In order for the parasite to steal some of the body’s resources, it needs to mimic some of the body parts it connects to. Humans are dependent on their appendages, and restricting the usage of the hosts’ appendages greatly cripples the host . What these pneumatic parasites need to survive is incredibly simple: Air. In order for the host to regain usage of their appendage, they need to give the parasite air via its mouth (tube).
Concept Design & Storyboard:
Project process: We started trying to make pneumatic appendages that curled, however, we were limited by the tools we had to use. Conceptually, the pneumatic parasite would mimic a hand with fingers. The seams kept popping due to too much pressure to allow us to make intricate attachment joints. We thought that the best form for the tools we could make was a hollow cylinder (like a swimmy or torus). From this design, we experimented with plastic structures that surrounded our hand. We eventually simplified the pneumatic parasite into a simple tube that rolled onto an arm like a tight sleeve.