[Agtech Water Web]


BIOMIMICRY

How could the PBV(Purpose-Built Vehicle) optimize and facilitate the collection, and better usage of water, taking into account water cycles and geography?

By studying how funnel spider web collects, filters, and distributes water, we reimagined PBV in the context of smart farming.

Role: Researcher

Client: Hyundai + KIA

Year: 2023

Collaborators: Jasmine J. Lee (Industrial Designer), Diana Sanchez (Digital Media)



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[Conductive Bio-silicon]
BIOMATERIAL

Silicon is widely used to replace plastic. Even though it is more environmentally friendly than plastic, it is still non-biodegradable. Oftentimes, instead of being properly recy-cled, they are being landfilled and it is harmful to our environment.

To turn silicon into a more sustainable material, I experimented with natural ingredients such as potato starch, arrowroot starch, agar agar, salt, and vinegar. Adjusting the ratio of different ingredients to test out different kinds of textures and future applications.

In this project, I mainly focused on exploring three categories of material property testing including thickness and stiffness, elasticity and "inflatablity," and conductivity. In my final design, I combined the most ideal recipes from all categories and created a conductive and inflatable material that could be used in daily life, for example, shoe soles or plastic wrap, and/or research-based circumstances such as expandable controllers or other kinds of fluid interfaces.

One possibility of the future application includes a customizable keyboard set that can be connected to a single circuit and turns every piece of conductive bio-silicon into instrument keyboards that play sounds or a directional keyboard that could be used to play games. The keyboard could be customized into different shapes, animals, fruits, or a light weighted "tape" that could be taped on wherever you would prefer.


#Biomaterial    #Conductive    #BioSilicone    #BioDesign
Role: Researcher

Program: Brown+RISD MA Design Engineering RISD Nature Lab

Year: 2022

Collaborators: None






[Kelp Biosystem]BIOSYSTEM

High fast food demand especially for burgers, is causing not only health problems but also environmental issues. As beef is the major meat source of burger patties, more and more trees were cut down in order to farm cattle. Turns out that livestock, especially the emissions of cows are the major contributor to greenhouse gas pollution. How might we push a more balanced and nutritious diet and mitigate food insecurity in Rhode Island while considering the environmental aspect? As Rhode Island is well-known for seafood, we decided to anchor around the native regenerative food source here called sugar kelp, and create an ecosystem around it.

The kelp powder system provides a low-cost nutritious solution that seamlessly integrates into Rhode Islanders’ daily dietary while reducing more than 82% of greenhouse gas pollution produced by cattle. By turning sugar kelp into the form of powder, it becomes a longer-lasting, preservable nutritional ingredient that could be easily introduced into many different types of food recipes.

In this system, we focused on the fast food and convenience food industry. Instead of selling the kelp powder directly to customers as a form of seasoning, we chose a more affordable and seamless way by mixing kelp powder into foods such as meat patties and/ or canned food to increase the percentage of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants during the process of food production. The uneaten food waste or excessed food waste could be donated to the USDA Donation Center and food bank and be provided to people in need with the necessary nutrients. It could also become feed for livestock or be easily decomposed.

The secondary form of food recipe that we included in the system is cattle feed. Researches show that introducing kelp to the current feed which is a mixture of soy and crop, reduces the emission of methane by cows substantially. The healthier diet of cows also provides better meat sources for burgers and further forms a healthier cycle for the ecosystem.

Lastly, the kelp powder product including those with flawed packaging could also be donated to USDA Donation Center as a nonperishable food source that helps stock the shelves at food banks and pantries, and further, be added to other donated food to increase the nutrients in the community diet.
Role: Researcher

Program: Brown+RISD MA Design Engineering RISD Nature Lab

Year: 2022

Collaborators: Bill Xi [Video], Selena [Research Assistant]







[Space Symphony]


HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION

A toy that reminds people to be positive in the present and helps shape the way our brain processes the world.


Mental disorders are becoming a common social issue, however, it is often underestimated. Mental disorders will affect people’s mood, thinking, and behavior. At its worst, the disorders can lead to suicide. 

Based on research, it is possible to believe that if we can find a way to help people become positive in the present, we might be able to change the way our brain processes the world and might eventually affect reality.

This project was initiated in a poetic hardware class while I was trying to re-create the robots from Yuri Suzuki’s art piece called “Looks Like Music”, in order to learn the mechanism behind it. During the process, I wanted to alter the project and create hand-gesture-controlled robots that are able to detect the colors in our environment and transform the colors into playful sounds. In this way, to help people stay in the present and pay attention to the positive little things that are around us all the time.

#MentalHealth    #Toy    #Product    #Electronics    #Innovation   #DesignEngineering
Role: Design Engineer, HCI Researcher;

Project: Self-initiated

Year: 2020 (8 Weeks) Technically renovated in 2023;

Technical Instructions: CW&T [Che-Wei Wang & Taylor Levy], MORAKANA [Tiri Kananuruk & Sebastian Morales], and Andy Law;









How might we find a way to become positive in the present?
How might we help change the way that your brain processes the world?

 DESIGN
  1. Train ourselves to start paying attention to the existense of our environment by noticing the colors around us;
  2. Gamifies it by transforming the colors into sounds, with options of soundtracks including piano, violin, drum, and vocal;
  3. Move the robots around to detect different parts of the environment by hand-gesture-control, just like a conductor of a symphony;
  4. Customize your robot and start noticing and having fun with the little moments that are around us all the time!
ENGINEERING ITERATION 1.0



ENGINEERING ITERATION 2.0


     
               
     
     

[Mindfulnest]


HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION

How might we enable people to have a grounding experience that helps them switch gears and focus on a new tasks?

An at-home device that changes the conditions of the user’s environment and encourages presence through tactile and playful interaction.

#MentalHealth    #Mindfulness    #AtHomeDevice    #Playfulness   #HCI   #InteractionDesign
Role: Research, Interaction Design, Visual Communication, Technical Support

Program: Brown + RISD Design Engineering Thesis

Year: 2023

Collaborators: Ava Garfinkel [Mechanical Engineer&Prototyper], Jeff Brewer [Mechanical Engineer&Prototyper], Vivian Chan [Interaction Designer & Electrical Engineer]


























[Building a Better Mouse App: New Modalities For HCI]
HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION

The rigid conventions for mouse and keyboard design are ripe for reinvention. We present a collection of new modalities for mouse and keyboard design, which explore possibilities that untether the user from the constraints of surfaces, both screens and tables, and investigate novel relationships to emerging HCI modalities that reconsider how we situate the user in physical and virtual space. We discuss our design process, and present a collection of prototypes that serve as provocations for this and future work. We conclude with a discussion about how these prototypes might provide new opportunities for HCI design in augmented and virtual reality, as well as their application to new possibilities for ubiquitous computing.


#Human-Computer Interaction    #Ubiquitous Computer    #Human Centered Design
Role: HCI Researcher, Interaction Design

Lab: Brown University Engineering and Computer Science Ian Gonsher 

Year: 2023

Collaborators: Ian Gonsher, Frank Carber, Jesse Gallant, Fuka Ikeda, Claire Poissonnier

Publish: IHIET 2023



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[Technical Literacy]
All Tech   Programming   Hardware   3D Modeling   AR/VR   Visualization   Game   Machine Learning CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY


This section documents my learning processes and practices in creative technology, CS, and engineering. I am passionate about exploring the intersection between art, design, technology, science and engineering.


https://chienlu.zip/TechnologyExploration
Year: 2017 - 2024

 Programming


#Computer Graphics    #C++







#Three.js    #Shader













#p5.js     



 






















 Hardware

#Electronics SFPC Poetic Hardware










Brown+RISD Design Engineering Collaborators: Cole Maisonpierre, Bohan Xu, Jaein Kim







 3D Modeling
#C4D    #Vectery





#Fusion 360
















 AR/VR

#AR    #Game







 Visualization

#SoundVisualization    #NYU    #ITPCamp    #2019












 Game

#Game  #Unity









 Machine Learning

#Machine Learning    #Wekinator