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Taipei Tech goes to 2017 Young Designer’s Exhibition

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Taipei Tech goes to 2017 Young Designer’s Exhibition

Hiking is a fascinating thing to do, but if accident unfortunately happened, how to keep one’s body temperature in order to gain more time is a key to survival. Team from Taipei Tech’s Department of Industrial Design designed the HYPERPACK that integrates wearable devices with backpack trying to protect mountain lovers. Construction safety is important. But the hot and humid summer weather often decreases the willingness of putting a helmet on for workers due to the feeling of uncomfortable. Taipei Tech student designed the IMPACT SAFETY HELMET used high impact strength intelligent material that expected to provide a strong yet breathable protection. Both designs mentioned above won the ticket to participate in the 2017 Young Designer’s Exhibition.

The final list that is going to compete for awards in the 2017 Young Designer’s Exhibition was announced on April 14, 20 designs from Taipei Tech stood out among 5,284 entries from 64 schools around the country to fight for 22 awards including 18 in product design, 2 in craft design, and 2 in spatial design.

Taipei Tech President Wenlung Li noted that design is our school’s strength and pride, we rank No.3 in iF Design ranking worldwide (No.1 in Taiwan). The astonishing achievements can’t be done without the joint efforts from students and teachers of the College of Design.

Chii-Ruey Lin, Vice President of Taipei Tech, encouraged students make good use of what they learn in four years in school. With creativity and innovation, Lin believed that students will fly high in design filed as well as improve people’s life.

Hypothermia during outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing is extremely dangerous and might put one’s life on risk. Hikers consider backpack as their second life, and will never leave it out of sight. Bao-Cheng Shi and Yu-Xuan Huang, seniors at the Department of Industrial Design came up with the idea for innovative wearable device that can prevent and deal with temperature losing. In mild and moderate stage of Hypothermia, user can use the flexible battery as electricity provider and charge integrated equipment on backpack to warm one’s body. Shi and Huang said that after watching the movie Everest in a cold winter and other Hypothermia accidents on news, they decided to provide effective help to climbers if they were in similar situations. In order to learn more about user’s needs, two students asked their friends in hiking club and mountain guides. After studied current design of backpack and heat wearable device, they found that hiking equipment that can deal with Hypothermia is not often seen on the market. And heat wearable device mostly focus on indoors environment. That why they decided to combine rescue equipment with backpack.

As a Silver medal winner in World Skills Competition in Door & Window category, Hao-Zhi Li know a lot about carpentry and has many friends who work in construction field. Li noticed that helmet is necessary equipment for workers in construction site due to safety consideration. Even though wearing a helmet is a standard procedure, some workers would rather put themselves in danger than put on that heavy and unbreathable life guard. This is the time when Li start to tackle on the problem. Many helmets on market lack of protection in soft spots such as side of head, forehead, and central nervous system in hindbrain.

In order to improve current helmet deign, Li uses TPO complex plastic and D3O special buffer foam that will take 90% impact under a beat. The design IMPACT SAFETY HELMET is expected to provide a better protection to head and cervical vertebrae. D3O is a material composed by smart molecules that will lock to each other to form strong surface under impact or squished. With better drainage, flexibility, breathability, and protection, Li hopes that IMPACT SAFETY HELMET will increase comfortability and decrease occupational injury at the same time.

Has been learning calligraphy since little, Xin-Mei Li is fascinated about the beauty of Chinese characters. She took four words唯吾知足(pronounced wei wu zhi zu) engraved on ancient Chinese coin and connect them with their shared graphical component 口(pronounced kou) in a cabinet design. The meaning of the four words is to remind people to cherish coin (money), Li added. The design showcases the Chinese character’s distinctiveness and beauty. What catches people’s eyes is the look of this piece of design which is similar to the shape of an ancient coin, i.e. round on the outside and square on the inside. We can also see the attempt of using Lao-Zhuang's Philosophy “Yin & Yang; Reality & Fiction” in this walnut furniture. The fine work was nominated in two awards, i.e. product design and craft design.

All the designs mentioned above are parts of the Taipei Tech’s Young Designer’s Exhibition open exhibition at the Art and Culture Center at Taipei Tech till May 17. And the same exhibition will be moved to Taipei World Trade Center during May 19-22.


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