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As a designer, I strive to bring meaningful solutions in which users form emotional connections to their products and experiences. To do that, I prioritize human centered design thinking to address and solve underlying user pains and unmet needs, then convert those insights into effective functions and aesthetic forms. Instead of sitting on a desk struggling with ideas, I always take action to iterate. This allows me to learn and fail quickly, leading to solutions that are meaningful and impactful.

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Class: Make 10  |  Instructor: Steve Chininis

Aromasori is a 2-in-1 speaker and diffuser. The essence oil is dispersed through the air as the speaker plays, allowing users to engage with the music through both their auditory and olfactory senses.

Instead of placing vinyl records on, essence oils are dripped through the holes on Aromasori’s turntable. To use, the metal tone arm is placed on the turntable, through which both the “smell” and music is played.

Aromasori’s modern take on a traditional record player brings back the nostalgic interaction between people and record players, which is unfamiliar yet intriguing to younger generations.

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Group Members: Sungtae Kim, Jonathan Moon, Daniel Derochers, Tommy Schmelze

Class: Invention Studio  |  Instructor: Herb Velazquez

Problem: Adults with MCI face risks in the kitchen, where they can forget to turn off appliances, misplace items and food, overlook when foods have expired, struggle to locate ingredients and tools, and get overwhelmed by recipes.

Solution: A centralized cooking process around one consolidated work station. Caregivers only have to select a recipe and set up a few ingredients so that the MCI patient can later follow step-by-step instructions delivered by the system. This greatly provides the patient a sense of independence and ease while maintaining a safe and accurate cooking experience.

What's Good: LEV alleviates unnecessary touch points during a cooking journey. It provides intuitive cooking guides with simple UI and lighting indications. It has a small fridge where you store a fair amount of ingredients, saves several trips to and from a huge refrigerator to the counter top.

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Group Members: Victoria Chiang, Sungtae Kim, Anshul Shinha, Jordan Mingo

Class: ID/ME Studio  |  Instructors: Wayne Li, Stephen Sprigle

The GM-HMI heads up display and tactile design project aims to combine an augmented reality HUD with a tactile control panel to improve rideshare driver safety in comparison to existing center stacks or flat-screen UI control alternatives.

The rise of rideshare services have inevitably led to more interactions for ridesharing drivers to handle. Completing these interactions safely and accurately is challenging for the drivers; however, their performance is directly related to road safety and passenger satisfaction.

To help ride-share drivers be aware of the road both before and during trips, our team consolidated all electronic touch points into the center stack while providing immediate tactile control feedback as well as visual feedback from the HUD to keep their eyes on the road.

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