My goal at CMU is to learn to design for all kinds of digital experiences. Besides learning the tools to prototype digital user interfaces I also took an Arduino class at CMU. Here are pictures and the schematics of the flower watering system that I made.
I learned how to code with Arduino and use different sensors, but more importantly I have now have the skills to quickly showcase my ideas in a tangible way.
During my senior year in college I took a book making class. Besides learning binding techniques, we also made unconventional artist books. These artist books were a new medium for me. It allowed me to create in a three dimensional format and provided more opportunities for storytelling.
Here are two of my favorite projects from this class:
When the Apple Watch first came out, I looked at its charger and thought how nice would it be to have dock to hold the charger, so it won't fall. So I teamed up with a friend and went to work.
We named our product YAN, after the Chinese inkstone 砚, which is also where our inspiration for its shape came from. The inkstone, along with the brush pen, the Chinese ink stick and Chinese rice paper ,are the four essentials in a Chinese study (文房四宝). These essential items are not only practical but also shows the taste of it's owner, for they would come in different styles and designs.