Student Designs

An Empathy Bridge for Autism

How do people with autism perceive the world? The Empathy Bridge for Autism is a toolkit that allows people to experience the visual, auditory and speech differences that come with autism—advocating greater understanding and empathy for children with autism. Made of sustainable materials, the toolkit includes a headset, two ear pieces and six lollipops. While autism is a complex condition, Empathy Bridge for Autism provides a first step in understanding verbal and nonverbal communication.

Designed by: Heeju Kim of Royal College of Art

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Acoustic Power 2

Freezing temperatures can cause large numbers of electric wires to topple because of ice accumulation, leading to power outages. This can endanger health, safety and the economy. The Acoustic Power 2 deals with these issues quickly and efficiently using ultrasonic deicing equipment. After wires freeze, the tilt angle of the wire becomes larger under the weight of snow and ice. This variation can be perceived by Acoustic Power 2's built-in tilt sensor. High-energy ultrasound is emitted to ensure the stability of the ice on the wires.

Designed by: Xuefei Liu, Di Fang, Yu Liu, Huanhuan Li, Jiaxin Wang for Hangzhou Yunpan Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd and Dalian Minzu University


360° Underwater Toy Action Cam

For children who lack the control to handle electronic equipment well, it's not easy for them to record underwater. Now they can easily remember their fun times in whole scene mode with the 360° Underwater Toy Action Cam. The fun-shaped and -colored waterproof device shoots precious memories in the water. Children can replay and share the video with family and friends while showing off their recording skills. 

Designed by: Jung Myeongha for Samsung Art & Design Institute (SADI)


Unit Helmet System

The Unit Helmet suits many needs with accessories that can be attached to fend off the dangerous elements faced by anyone who wears a safety helmet—from construction workers to loggers. Earplugs block noise, visors protect the face from sunlight or flames, a flashlight brightens the site, and a video camera or a writing module can keep track of workload. Each unit is applied easily—while the helmet is in place—through a magnetic snap system, instead of traditional inconvenient screws or rubber bands.

Designed by: Jaehoon Jung of Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL)

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Sai Flatpack Furniture

Sai is an infinitely expandable collection of flat-packed sustainable furniture handmade of vibrantly colored bungee cords and plywood frames in villages across northern Thailand. Each piece is woven in the Lanni Thai craft tradition to create value for artisans and innovate with renewable natural materials. The furniture can be delivered and assembled easily in settings around the world, connecting people and cultures. 

Designed by: Mathew Simon of ArtCenter College of Design and Ayuri Tsunoda of Tama Art University

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Blink is a smart device with a compact design and easy interface that can be used at home to measure vital signs and perform basic medical tests. It guides the user, collects the data, reports it to a physician and enables feedback from the physician. It measures blood pressure and body temperature and can be used to perform blood, urine and saliva tests. Blink empowers self-monitoring, encouraging users to be more proactive with their own health. 

Designed by: Belfug Sener of Futerodesign for College for Creative Studies I Middle East Technical University

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Visual Speakers

VisualSpeakers is a wireless speaker system with an integrated projector dedicated to images that complement the music experience. With a “Dome Mode”—in which images are projected into the VisualSpeakers integrated 12”dome—and a “Party Mode”—in which images are projected in the ambient to the ceiling, furniture and walls, VisualSpeakers provides different kinds of images to enhance the sound experience.

Designed by: Marcelo Kertész of Domus Academy School of Design at the New School of Architecture and Design

Contact: Dario g. Miticocchio

The Purifier Computer

The Purifier Computer is a combination of a desktop PC and an air purifier. A desktop computer needs a cooling fan to prevent itself from overheating and an air purifier needs a fan to suck in air. This purifier computer uses only one fan to cool down the compute and filter indoor air at the same time.

Designed by: Ji Zhe, Ni Bingqing and Yang Chaoxiang of East China University of Science and Technology; Zhou Meiyu and Cheng Jianxin 

Contact: Zhe Ji

Stable Life Raft

Stable Life Raft lowers its center of gravity underwater to keep itself afloat. A power generator on board supports LED lighting; a GPS; and a salt water purification system keeps the crew hydrated while the search and rescue team locates them. Stable Life Raft is fitted with four seats with belts to keep the passengers secure and safe in rough weather.

Designed by: Kai Han

Contact: Kai Han

Lifebuoy Boat

The two base types of modules of Lifebuoy—one in a rectangular shape and the other in an “A” shape—can be combined and separated easily to create an efficient system of lifeboats. Link up to four sections to create one large boat to accommodate four people. Or use each base separately for individual boats. Each boat can be turned into a life buoy with the simple pull of an emergency handle on the bottom of the boat.

Designed by: Chunmao Wu, Renqiu Chen and Xiang Wu of Donghua University

Contact: Chunmao Wu