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Design for a better world

The 2018 graduation exhibition of the Department of Industrial Design started from May 16 at the Arts & Culture Center on campus. 65 students presented their works that were designed for improving people’s lives. Some of the designs were recognized by competitions and awards such as iF Design Awards and Golden Pin Design Awards. The works of students showed a lot of creativity; below, we highlight three of them.

Brea-Ocean

“Ghost Fishing” refers to a problem caused by lost, dumped or abandoned fishing gears such as nets, long lines, and fish traps. Fish caught by those manmade objects has no market value since it was caught unintentionally. And the die fish will attract more ocean organisms which will also get caught in that same net, therefore creating a vicious cycle. The cycle must be broken. But it is a time-consuming and dangerous task to clean up those fishing gear for divers. First, they have to locate and cut net manually. Second, in order to drag the net up, diver will release oxygen from the same oxygen bottle which stores the air they need in order to breath. To tackle ghost fishing problem as well as make retract process more efficient and safer, two students from the Department of Industrial Design, Xu Ya-jun and Song Wei-zhen, integrate underwater booster and net collector in one device. Brea-Ocean’s booster allows divers to swim faster and easier. The searchlight attached to the device makes the searching process more efficient. After the net was cut off, it can be collected in the way which is similar to how vacuum bag collect trash. After collection, the bag will be inflated and detached from the device. People can then collect the bags floated on the sea effortlessly. The design aims to not only save time but also to save lives under the sea.

Tyrannosaurus Baby Walker

Children love toys! But in different ages, they need different kind of toys not only for fun but also help them develop certain skills. For example, toddlers in the age of 1 to 3 might need baby walker since they start to learn how to walk. And children who are older than 3 years old can play puzzle games to strengthen their creativity. Tyrannosaurus Baby Walker, designed by Taipei Tech students Su Ti-yu and Wong Wen-qian, is a walker that has multiple functions and can play different roles during children’s growing phases. For 12 months old toddler, it can be an assistive device; for kid who is 24-36 month old, it can be a toy car to sit on; and for children who are 3 years old and above, it can be teaching aids. Tyrannosaurus Baby Walker is in the shape of a dinosaur which is loved by children according to the design team who learned this information from a parenting show. Toddler can hold on to the dinosaur tail as handle while trying to make steps. The magnetic dinosaur body can be a board for magnet puzzles to attach to. Another interesting design of Tyrannosaurus Baby Walker lies in its dinosaur mouth. By putting a piece of puzzle onto dinosaur’s tongue and move a certain part on its body, the object will fall into a box inside the dinosaur’s body. By making cleaning up a fun thing to do, this special mechanism is expected to form a good habit of picking up toy after playing. Tyrannosaurus Baby Walker can accompany kids for years and play key role throughout their growing process.

Follow the Natural Power

Climate change and limited resource boost the need and development of renewable energy. Although clean power came in many forms such as solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal energy. At some level, the power generation efficiency is still constrained by weather. For example, the amount of sunlight and air flow will affect the electricity production efficiency. In order to overcome this barrier, Taipei Tech student Cai Wan-Lin designed a smart drone that carries solar panel and wind turbine for power generation. The drone will use existing weather forecasting system and AI to decide where will be the best location for energy generation. It can store the energy in its built-in battery. After charged, the drone will return to charge stations that can be set up next to buildings providing household electricity use. Cai decided to do this design project after he found out some farmers in Taiwan will choose to build solar panels on their farm rather than to grow corps. But the unmovable solar panel will become a problem because it is hard to make use of the land when the weather is not ideal for power generation. Cai’s design creates more flexibility and possibility for green energy collection.

 

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