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Taiwan Tech Department of Design Graduation Exhibition Showcases Device for Giving Medicine to Pets

May 9th, 2018  12:18  Wanted Daily


Li You-Shan

Bowls with food odours which help owners give medicine to their pets, as well as AR love letters hidden in pastry gift boxes which can be read with a smartphone, are two of the 70 design projects exhibited in the graduation showcase of Taiwan Tech’s Department of Design today (May 9th). These projects cover a wide range of categories, and are full of creativity and highly practical.


Taiwan Tech President Liao Ching-Jong mentioned that the graduation projects of design students are required to be practical. The maturity of the student projects is also getting higher and higher. In addition to designing the external appearance of the product, students have to understand related technologies such as mechanisms, electrical circuitry and assembly, while developing the ability to work across disciplines, and creating products with commercial potential.


What can owners do when pets resist taking medicine? Getting pets to take medicine has always been a major problem for pet owners, and feeding them food with the medicine mixed in can easily cause obesity in pets. You Chiao-Chi and Li Ya-Li have jointly designed the "DOGOGO(逗狗狗)" series of products, using the canine characteristic of the dog’s sense of smell being more sensitive than that of taste to create a “scent bowl” and a spherical “dosing device.” They are able to cover the smell of the medicine, attract the pet’s interest, reduce the pet’s rejection when taking the medicine, and help the owner administer the medicine successfully. The two students have applied for a patent.


You Chiao-Chi has a dachshund which has been with her for six years. It is often sick and takes medication regularly. Therefore, she fully understands the difficulty encountered by pet owners. You Chiao-Chi mentioned that most dogs believe what they smell is what they are eating. As a result, she thought of the idea of mixing spices into food-grade tannin to create the smells of cheese, chicken and sweet potatoes, which appeal greatly to dogs. The surface of the bowl and the dosing device for the medicine would emit a food smell, which increases the pet’s willingness to eat.


In addition, the two students improved the shape of the traditional dosing device and designed a ball shape, which dogs like. When the dog bites the ball, the owner can press from the back of the ball and push the medicine into the dog’s mouth. Success in getting the dog to take the medicine will increase, and the combination of administering the medicine and playing becomes a way for pets and owners to enjoy each other’s company.


Gift-giving revolutionized! Animated AR love letters hidden in pastry gift boxes which can only be read by the recipient have been created by Xiao Ya-Tsen, who collaborated with students in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Taiwan Tech. AR (augmented reality) and image recognition techniques are utilized to provide a customized messaging service. The gift giver can leave messages or provide videos, and the recipient can read the message simply by scanning the pastry with their smartphone. This messaging service effectively conveys the gratitude of the giver and creates a unique and lovely experience of giving and receiving.


Before graduation, Xiao Ya-Tsen developed this idea with the theme of the Mid-Autumn Festival and designed an AR mooncake gift box. She designed four stories related to the festival, including the Jade Rabbit’s pounding the elixir of life, Chang-e’s flying to the moon, families gathering under the full moon, and Wu Gang’s chopping down the laurel tree. These stories will be played when one scans the mooncakes, which breathes new life into traditional Chinese pastry.


Modern people live under stress and many of them spend a lot of time using their computer mouse. The tension of life often causes muscle soreness. Liu Jia-Xun and Wang Hui-Hong have designed “Handicare,” a wrist support with vibrating massage and electrotherapy functions which can detect the condition of a muscle through conductive metals. An app is provided for users to choose either vibration or electrotherapy to achieve partial relief. “Healax,” a portable smart hot pack designed by Zhou Chen and Zeng Yun-Ru, can be adjusted to fit all body parts. Its users can look for corresponding acupuncture points for a hot compress via an app, and body pain can be easily relieved.


 “Elderly Toys(老玩童)” is a series of games designed for seniors. Yang Ya-Ru and Tsai Yu-Zhen designed three toys for the elderly to enjoy the fun of playing games. These games include “Success Takes Practice(字無百日功),” a calligraphy game which trains the fingers; “Land to the Tiller(耕者有棋田),” which challenges working memory; and “Treasure Bowl(金銀聚滿盆),” which enhances arm muscles. While the elderly play the games, their hand-eye coordination as well as memory ability can be strengthened.


There are also several student-generated animations and micro-films in the graduation showcase of Taiwan Tech's Department of Design. Among them, the documentary “Brighter Than Light(比光還亮)” was filmed by Wu Mei-Rong, who spent half a year recording the daily life of the physically and mentally disabled and their participation in a charity show. She hopes that the audience will build a stronger sense of empathy and pay more attention to the needs of people with disabilities.


Wu Mei-Rong said that she was deeply touched by the transformation of these people with disabilities. At the beginning they were reluctant to be the focus of attention, but in the end they showed willingness to participate in the charity show. Discrimination and prejudice are, in fact, rooted in a lack of understanding. It is her hope that this documentary will help the public understand that people with disabilities are not different from ordinary people in their mind and thoughts.


 “Migration(洄),” an animated short film produced by Huang Yi-Xuan and Chen Ting-Yi, tells the story of a fish, which learns what the school teaches without thinking, like how to spring back. It is not until the fish leaves school and enters the fish market that it discovers the better it is at springing back, an indicator of freshness, the easier it is to be bought and killed by humans. This film uses horror to convey the importance of thinking things through.

The graduation exhibition of the Department of Design runs until the 13th of May on the Taiwan Tech campus. The showcase will continue in Huashan 1914 Creative Park from May 26th to 29th.


 (Wanted Daily)

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