Student Designs


HanDo offers two types of prostheses, the Daily Functional Arm, which helps children with their daily performance in school, and the Sports Entertainment Arm, which is used for sports activities and exercise. This is an improvement from traditional prostheses, which only offer a single function and can only be used in limited situations. Users of HanDo can purchase additional kits to accommodate their own needs; in this way, child amputees are free to explore, grow, and develop with a lessened financial burden. The HanDo app allows families to browse and purchase prostheses. The app’s augmented reality fitting function allows parents and children to choose and customize the prostheses together, changing the color, design, and installation. The app uses screenshots and video recordings to show children what they will look like when wearing the prostheses, which can provide a comforting and uplifting purchasing experience. HanDo replaces the traditional complicated manufacturing process with 3D printing, which makes the prostheses more accessible to children at more affordable prices.

Designed by: Zheng Feng-Jia, Peng Kai-Jung, Li Hsuan-Yen and Kok Wei Ming of HanDo for Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology

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Cairer – An AI directed therapy tool to support dementia carers

The Cairer app delivers personalized anxiety and depression support to those who care for dementia sufferers. Devised for healthcare providers such as the National Health Service and Medicare, this integrated service monitors caregiver well-being through well-established AI-directed cognitive behavioral therapy. The process starts with the caregiver downloading the app to initiate monitoring of their well-being. When the AI detects a baseline decline in well-being through interaction with the app, Cairer is automatically dispatched. Through regular use, the app identifies topics of distress through text-based interaction. Therapy is administered for an identified issue via six Bluetooth micro-vibrating tappers. These reproduce the anxiety-relieving effects of the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as needless acupuncture or tapping. Placement of the tappers on the facial meridian points is guided by the AI in the app. The tappers are induction charged while stored in the protective case. 

Designed by: Oliver Evans of Northumbria University

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Santa's Gift Box

This project was inspired by the surprise of opening presents from Santa. For children, unwrapping a gift is full of joy and excitement. With Santa's Gift Box, a playground is packed into a box that when opened creates a special play experience for children. Each playground “gift box” contains two unit boxes, and each unit box is composed of five functional blocks. The functional blocks are directly transported to the designated location and can be used as soon as they are opened. Each functional block can fuse with other blocks while maintaining their own characteristics. 

Designed by: Yiyang Xu, Ruiwen Wu and Chih-Ting Yeh of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

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Hanzi's Secret

Chinese is an incredible language with beautiful character shapes and stories behind it. But to children, it can be hard to learn. Hanzi's Secret is an iPad app designed to help children learn Chinese in a new, fun way in which each Chinese character appears as a cute cartoon image. When children draw strokes following the instructions, they learn the meaning behind the character. After knowing a group of character radicals, which are the building blocks for creating a lot more characters, children can apply the method of word formation to quickly understand more Chinese characters. Over 40 animations in the app make learning Chinese characters easy and exciting.

Designed by: Bo Liu, Xiaofang Li, Zhao Liu, Zhuolin Gu and Weiwei Ma of BiBoBox Studio for Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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The Logi ULTRA project explored the future of Logitech keyboards over the next decade. The Logi ULTRA was designed to not only replace but also enhance the function and user experience of keyboards through ultra-haptics feedback and a color e-ink touch screen. This customized digital keyboard greatly broadens the direction of Logitech's business-to-digital products. It can meet the demands of professionals in different fields, even for people from different cultures and language backgrounds. With the e-ink touch screen, the Logi ULTRA can switch easily from a German keyboard in Munich to a Japanese keyboard in Tokyo, for instance. 

Designed by: Shuai Li and Tillmann Philipp Schrempf of Umeå Institute of Design for Logitech

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symbio: exoskeleton for walking rehabilitation

symbio is an exoskeleton for use in walking rehabilitation. Its aesthetics and engineering were designed to foster a natural gait and a fit that looks and feels more like putting on sportswear rather than a bulky, intimidating machine. Inspired by the human body’s flesh and bones, symbio has a layered structure of soft fabric that starts closest to body with kevlar and carbon fiber layers on top that become progressively more rigid toward the exoskeletal limbs. Symbio’s hip joints and mounting system for the motors and limbs allow for natural movement at the core. The symbiotic machine-learning-enabled processor controls the motors and provides the right amount of force in the right place, at the right time.

Designed by: Brandon Comer of ArtCenter College of Design

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Play Together

Play together is a swing that enhances interaction between parents and children, letting them swing together. It cleverly utilizes the principle of bevel gear transmission and bearing-assisted rotation. Tightening the switch (push the middle bevel gear up) allows two independent swings to move in opposite directions at the same time with the same amplitude. Parents can drive their child while swinging. Loosen the switch (pull the middle bevel gear down) to restore the swing to a stand-alone state. With Play together, parents can swing with their child, increasing the emotional connection between the two.

Designed by: Yang Haojing of Beijing Institute of Technology and Wang Xinyue of Nanjing University of Science and Technology

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T.E.A.R. Mask

Tear gas, a chemical weapon prohibited by the Geneva Protocol of 1925 after its use in World War I, is now the most commonly used riot-control device throughout the world. In the last two decades, tear gas use has grown at an alarming rate and has been grossly misused in countries such as Israel, Venezuela, Brazil, China, and, most recently, Hong Kong. The T.E.A.R. Mask protects civilians’ right to protest by giving them easy, quick access to protective gear. This pocket-sized anti-tear gas respirator protects the eyes, nose, and mouth—as well as human rights. It is compact enough fit in a pocket or purse. 

Designed by: Ian Annis, Claudia Hasenfang, Alexander Munro and Cole Powell of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's College of Architecture and Urban Studies

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Equality Leg

The Equality Leg is a leg prosthesis with a low-cost and easy-to-use design. It consists of knee and ankle parts and uses composite elastic materials to simplify the precise and complex joints of ordinary prostheses, thereby ensuring that the basic movement needs of users can be met while the cost is greatly reduced. It was designed to give people back their freedom by making it possible for them to walk again and earn a living—and feel hope for the future.

Designed by: Haimo Bao, Yiru Wang, Yikui Quan and Yingyu Wang of School of Design, Dalian Minzu University and Bin Xu of Tangshan Shangjiu Industrial Design Center (Tangshan Kun Kiln Ceramic Co., Ltd.)

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Tatami Table: Inspiring connection in a small space

The Tatami Table is a Japanese-inspired Danish-designed coffee table that promotes connection. People working from home often lack personal interaction, which is crucial for mental health. Therefore, it is important that they connect with others no matter the size of their space. The Tatami Table features four seats disguised as drawers for a compact footprint. When pulled out, the seats encourage a seating method that opens up your body, improves your posture, and increases the flow of oxygen. With the Tatami Table, you no longer need a big dining room set to invite friends and family over for dinner. Simply pull out a drawer, have a seat, and connect. 

Designed by: Jacob McMullen of JEMc Design for San Jose State University

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