2016 ArtScience Workshop Team Profiles
Presenting our 2016 ArtScience Innovation Workshop Teams...
PARIS // Students: Maud, Qian, Mikhaël, Simon
IDEA: Oko is a low tech object dedicated to all farmers in the world. Easy to use, this revolutionary device will help all the people to share information, and to organise all the food culture in every country. Firstly imagined for Benin, a country in the west side of Africa, this project will grow, and soon concern, many countries, because it is a new vision of resiliency and autonomy. How could you imagine your world without Oko now?
SINGAPORE // Students: Jonathan, David, Elton, Nicholas
IDEA: Static Energizer is like a solar panel, but instead of absorbing sunlight, it harnesses static electricity from the environment which is to be used as normal electricity to charge electronic devices such as the smart phone. The Static Energizer makes use of the concept of triboelectric generators.
OKLAHOMA // Students: Case, Zeek, Priscila
IDEA: We have been developing an idea around cutting the lawn. This system is much like an automatic sprinkler system that comes up from the ground like sprinkler heads do. This would also incorporate laser technology.
HARVARD // Students: Genevieve, Serena, Jenai, Jim
IDEA: Clothing obsolescence and waste contribute a significant proportion of material waste in our society. Team Alter is proposing to augment clothing items to enable dynamically-responsive behaviors in clothing. They will explore the idea of implementing the manufacturing and design principles of "soft robotics" to achieve this goal. The group will be developing a new type of garment that can mechanically transform its shape to suit the requirements of the wearer, instantly. Thus, the garment can extend its utility to a wider variety of contexts.
HARVARD // Student: Jacob
IDEA: Food waste and excessive food packaging waste are two major issues in the food system. Team Replate seeks to address both issues simultaneously by turning food waste into useful food packaging. The scope of their project will include coming up with a chemical/mechanical process to extract appropriate materials from food waste (from consumer or producer waste streams). Also important will be finding particular food packaging applications where this processed food material could be immediately useful (egg cartons, cup holders, takeout boxes, etc) and to design for it.
HARVARD // Students: Charles, Jacqueline
IDEA: Air pollution affects nearly all major metropolitan areas. Solutions to this pervasive issue typically require industry-scale solutions, reluctant corporate buy-in, and government regulation, which are slow and unpredictable avenues for progress. Instead, Team Sift seeks to create a solution to combat the air pollution issue on a personal scale. They want to create a device that provides immediate, personal protection from air pollution for the user, and long-term, society-wide impact in reducing overall air pollution. The ideal is a portable, personal device that cleans the air immediately around the user. As an initial product offering, the group is centering on the idea of a pollution absorbing umbrella.
HARVARD // Student: Yifan
IDEA: Dementia and Alzheimer's disease can impair mental ability in a growing population of the elderly around the world. This loss of mental ability can gradually create a communication disconnect with healthy people, particularly caregivers and family members, who are present and attending to the elderly. Team D-Zen is proposing to stop the deterioration of meaningful communication with the mentally-impaired elderly by implementing a technology that interprets communication cues between the mentally-impaired and healthy people, and facilitates clear transmission of verbal and emotional cues to both participants. The initial project proposal is to create a device that recognizes positive facial expressions and provides positive feedback (of various forms: audio, visual, smell, etc.) to promote more positive communication, thereby directly improving the quality-of-life for the elderly.