Student Designs


Intended as a resource for public schools, ReBox is a die cutting machine and system for building, learning and inspiring. Teachers will instruct students to die cut components for constructing a toy from cardboard (reclaimed from the school’s waste stream). Students will create bridges and structures from these parts to learn how science can affect the strength of their designs.

Credits: David Lee of Parsons School for Design

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Coral RASA

The Coral RASA is a coral reef monitoring device for environmental organizations, local governments and community groups. It features a 360 degree rotational camera, a hydrophone, a water testing unit and coral bleaching detection. The device is places on the ocean floor beneath the coral reef. The audio and video can be viewed online, and data is recorded on the embedded hard drive for later downloading.

Credits: Derek Bennion of the College for Creative Studies

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Hug: Painless Vaccinations

Hug is a new system for childhood vaccinations that employs an emerging technology for drug delivery with microneedles. Hug patches are efficient, heat tolerable and, most importantly, painless. The Hug vaccination system creates a stress free, informed experience for parent and child so they enjoy this intimate lifesaving moment together rather than the stress and anxiety normally associated with injections.

Credits: George Wilson Ressler of The University of Kansas

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VV-Talker is a language-learning assistive device for deaf-mute children. It allows them to understand and develop speech, motivating them to learn, communicate and practice. It records the throat vibration of normal speakers and plays it back in tangible simulation. This complements the senses of deaf children, enabling them to compare their speech with that of others.

Credits: Cui Chen, Wang Qi, Shi Kaiyuan, Huang Jianbo, Geng Kun, Wang Zhi, Chen Zhen and Qiu Shuang of Samsung Design Membership China (China)

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Pa-cup:New Pharmaceutical Packaging

Pa-cup is a new pharmaceutical packaging approach that facilities people’s intake of their medicine. Medication is packaged in individual envelopes that transform into a cup. So when you have your pills in hand, you also have a cup. Now all you have to do is just add some water.

Credits: Tao Linkai, Zhang Yu, Xu Jianming, Guo Xiaolin and Cao Yi of Zhejiang University of China (China)

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Augmented Intervention Assistant

The Augmented Intervention Assistant is a head-mounted display system designed to simplify image-guided surgery. It combines preoperational images with the position tracking of instruments, the operating field and the surgeon to augment the physician’s field of view with virtual information. A built-in augmented reality interface provides additional information, such as patient anatomy, position of tumor tissues and preoperational planning.

Credits: Kilian Kreiser  of University of Wuppertal (Germany) and Marc Nagel of Pilotfish (Germany)  for Pilotfish Munich | Amsterdam | Taipei

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City Context

City Context combines a solar-powered street lamp with a waste container. The container is embedded inside the lamp so pedestrians can easily find it. The bins are also marked by different colors for sorting garbage. This design encourages people to avoid littering and makes the city more user friendly and pleasant.

Credits: Li-Te Lo, Song-Jung Chen, Tai-Yen Lee and Cheng-Yu Tsai of Shih Chien University (Taiwan) and Zong-Huei Hsu of National Taiwan University of Arts (Taiwan)

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Bale ameliorates the nuisance of confidential paper waste. Bale shreds and compacts paper waste into stackable units, reducing their physical footprint while they await a recycler’s pick up. Or, Bale’s byproduct units can be modularly configured for many uses: tree-stump-inspired stools, pots for philodendrons or cubicle walls.

Credits: Chad Wright of Academy of Art University

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About one-fifth of home water use is due to laundry. If hand-laundering were increased, water and electricity use could be reduced. With its wave-like form, the pond sink was designed to encourage hand washing by eliminating the common barriers, such as a lack of space, the uncomfortable positioning of the body and the inconvenient use of a washboard.

Credits: Yoori Koo and Zhong-Fa Lie of Seoul National University of Science and Technology (South Korea)

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aura commuter cycle helmet

Aura addresses the issue of commuter cyclist safety, while providing a helmet that is appropriately styled for the urban environment. Its safety features include a built-in rear light and detachable wristband indicators to signal to other road users the cyclist’s intentions. When not in use, the indicators attach to the helmet.

Credits: Joseph Thomas of Loughborough University & Wonder Vision (United Kingdom)

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