Core77 spotlight on IxD graduates

January 26, 2016

Core77 highlighted all Interaction Design students and their work throughout graduation week  at  ArtCenter IxD. Karl Walker, Ting Wu and Claudia Wang published their work on Interaction and Play, Chronic Illness and wearable computing.

Monument: Using Play to Improve the Lives of Those With Alzheimer’s

Monument is a network of RFID speakers that are housed inside colorful blocks that sonically communicate with each other. When the speakers are placed next to each other, they produce musical sounds. Each speaker plays sounds from different instruments. As Alzheimer’s patients enjoy being creative through building, they are also making different combinations of music.

The blocks also communicate with a wearable device that relays their daily activity to their family members and caregivers, allowing them to stay up to date on their loved ones’ activity levels and well being.

 

Wearable R.I.P.: Relax Like the Dead in the Middle of City Mayhem

With this project, we wanted to play with how people control something consciously vs unconsciously. This is why we chose to use a simple action of leaning back to trigger the device rather than giving it a controller or an interface. In order to detect when the user wants to rest, we chose the back of the neck as the site of the wearable, and placed a force sensor on the cushion that will touch the back of user’s neck. When users lean back and slightly tilt their heads backwards, the pressure on the sensor will trigger the output sound. The sensor is connected to an Arduino FX Sound Board and two speakers. We picked three types of soothing sounds from nature: the ocean, the forest and fire burning sounds.

 

PEAL: A Lifestyle Transition System for Patients Recently Diagnosed with Diabetes

Peal system aims to create a healthy lifestyle transition for a patient who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. During the project, I observed how social impact influences our daily behaviors while also exploring how ecosystems can integrate a product into people’s daily life. In this group project consisting of 4 members (product design student, graphic design student, interaction design student), I participated in the concept developing, product mockup and interface developing.

The project uses a technology called occlusion spectroscopy which allows us to make our glucose monitor non-invasive. To take a test, simple place your finger in the device and wait for a few seconds. All of the collected data from the device then transfers to our phone application for easy information access.