Shaoyuan's Projects in 2016/2017

Msc Product Design in DJCAD

Design Proposal

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Target User :

People with low dexterity of hands

The elderly ( 75-90 years old)

People with
nerve damage and diseases
muscles or its tendons damage and diseases
Joint, bone and even ligament problems
skin problems




See how does the liquid come out of the container.

– When will it start coming out of the bottle rim?
– How much will it come out?


Dexterity Requirement

– Easy to operate it
– Small movement
– Less joint movement


Research–Pouring Behavior

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Bird Pourer

The juice and milk cartons are designed as cuboid because it saves space for storage in the fridge. However, the cartons are too wide to hold for some people with low dexterity of hands and even children, especially the pouring movement.

This Pourer is designed as bird shape. It helps people who has difficulty of upper limb movements to pour the juice and milk more steadily as well as with less strength.



In these intensive four weeks, I repeated going forward and looking back. I felt that it was a tough course for me. But now, I feel the time flies very fast, especially after I acquire new skills and knowledge as well as experiences. I always desire more time to complete and develop my project.

From Exercise Reminder to WEMOVE attachment, my idea changed a few times. But the main core is still sharing daily data during the whole process. The idea came from my friends who don’t have much time to do exercise. In addition, there are so many people have not moved enough in this world. So I decided to make something to help them have motivation to do sport or exercise.

At first, we had some lectures about the things connected home to expend the definition of HOME. I learned the different ways of thinking by discussion with classmates and tutors, watching videos of examples, making scenarios and so on. I realized that the problem usually is more important so we suppose to focus more on problem rather than concerning on solution immediately. During the period when I was looking for better problem for project I was impacted by my friends who gave me significant inspirations. That helped me to set up vivid scenario to think about the story – how does it work. But usually when I have got strong ideas abruptly like brain storm they will be not well-organized. So the next step would be making them in order and finding the core of the concept since sometimes it is easy to make concept too complicated.

Another major part of this course is technology – Arduino. I regard the technology as a tool to support the concept. Because sometimes the function can just be achieved by some small and simple parts like Arduino. I cannot deny what Arduino is very useful for product design. And it is helpful for beginners. We can operate some basic parts on Arduino only in one week. However, when we want to approach some goals which need particular effect then it will be challenge to us. For example, I need some kind of sensor to track the balance for my product. So I was thinking the devices in mobile phone. But considering the time limitation, I used tilt switches in stead, which was much easier to obtain.

We share the videos and codes on Github while learning from each other. We also bothered Ali a lot to learn how to connect wires and other parts on Arduino board. Sharing and learning with classmates is an efficient and healthy way to achieve our purpose. It was awesome to study with interactive surrounding. It is also one of the places where inspiration come from.

In addition, as designer I should have the eyes which are good at observing details. The theme of the project is Connected Home thus every detail and data can be the resource of the whole project.


This week is the final week. We were all busy with making prototypes and videos. The shape of my prototype is a wristband which is hard to put whole electronic part – Arduino board inside. I soldered wires together to make it more flexible to connect to the attachment. I tried a few ways to connect Arduino board to it, but it looked still not ideal. However, Jon and Martin suggested us to put more emphasis on concept instead of struggling with appearance too much.


On Wednesday, I started taking videos for the product. Since it is not perfect shaped so I tried to take loads of pictures for one fluent behavior instead of taking film. I found out the way to present my idea could be various. I also would like to learn more about editing video. I haven’t done any video editing before so I studied how to edit video from zero this week. At first, I wasn’t with much confidence , but after I get know more about operating the program-Premier I began getting into it. I enjoyed trying many video effects and playing with audio tracks. I cannot say my video is professional or perfect but I enjoying the process when I did lots of experiments to see different result. As well as like I adjusted the angle of tilt switches, I could not fold them in perfect accurate angle. But when I saw the tiny differences of light effects I got to know which angle was correct and which was wrong. That was the most enjoyable part for Arduino experience. Honestly, if I just struggle with editing code alone I would just keep confused and even annoyed. Every time I made a little change for the effect then I felt I succeeded even though it was only tiny achievement.

Paper Engineering Body-storming

2017 Jan 19th

Paper Engineering

In the morning, we have done paper engineering workshop to experience prototyping with paper in different ways. Origami is similar activity as paper engineering. However, the one we did today is more multiple, in texture, shape and structure. Actually, think back, we have experienced folding paper and making paper handicraft since we were in kindergarten.


As designers





-Try with different material

-Comparing prototypes

-Reuse & Recycle


Service Body-storming


-Put things in order

-Notice Detail


-Real feeling


Service process graph


Body-storming shoeshine service.


For this week I kept developing ideas. On Tuesday, I had Skype tutorial with Jon, he expended my thoughts. My idea was social dumbbells which encourage people do exercise together. But exercise can be different style, not just using dumbbells or other gym equipment, like doing housework, cycling, cooking and so on. So the exercise can be regarded as some movements which are possible to be low strength or high strength for people in different ages.

Sharing the movements with others is positive and interesting interaction for the members who have some distance from each other. I also talked with the friends who are into sports and activities. Most of them told me that they prefer to do sport with friends. And they are also curious about what activities are their friends doing.

That would be fun to know what movements your family members and friends are doing, even can be your pet like cat and dog. So I was thinking about sharing daily activities by visualizing behaviors. There were a few methods to visualize movements after my research. One of them is the function on the phone which tells the horizontal angle with moving circle.


However, considering about time wise, I chose tilt switches connected Arduino boards. But for sensitivity, I would like to find out better devices to support the concept in the future. Each LED lights will be connected with one tilt switch, then it works as the application on smart phone basically. It is designed as an portable attachment which can be attached on our body or animal’s or the products we are using. It is also available to carry in pocket to everywhere. The holders could be linked through internet so that people can monitor their partner’s activities. The product is possible to be in different use, for elderly and children, we can check safety; for pets, we can see how crazy they can be at home; for friends, it decrease their psychological distance.

I enjoyed the process when I develop my ideas. I can see how does my concept grow from the first one. And the story help me to think the problem and solution. I created various scenarios in different locations like home, park, office as well as with people in different positions or ages. The same product might occur different effects so it is playful to see people use it in different ways. Additionally, I expect my product to bring people together – Light Orchestra.
For the repetitive movements, it seems to make its own rhythm like drumming. I use the LED lights to present the behaviors. If members work at the same time, the light will blink simultaneously. After that, users can workout together to create their own light performance. I would like to say it is a movement game.

Next week, I should focus more on prototype to explain my concept. Material, structure, shape need to be concerned.

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