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Projects for Char-Broil, Summer Classics, Avant, and the Hangout Music Festival can only be shown in person for IP reasons. 

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I am a researcher. I understand what people want. I can bring concepts from sketch to reality. 

Projects for the Hangout Music Festival, Avant, ARM, and Char-Broil are not available at this time for IP reasons.

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Furniture Internship

 

SEVERAL OF MY DESIGNS FEATURED

SEVERAL OF MY DESIGNS FEATURED

I began to develop myself as someone who could bring concepts to reality through a furniture design internship with Summer Classics.

DEVELOPING A PATIO SET

DEVELOPING A PATIO SET

There, I developed several collections, from which these are two examples of my work—one line focused on heavier, sleek, resin and extruded aluminum furniture;

SKETCHING FOR GABBY

SKETCHING FOR GABBY

Another line focused on lighter, transitional, airy and feminine lamps,

CONSUMER RESEARCH

CONSUMER RESEARCH

I developed my concepts from trends and what our consumer research showed our buyers wanted in their furniture.

UNDERSTANDING MATERIALS

UNDERSTANDING MATERIALS

DESIGNING FOR MANUFACTURING

DESIGNING FOR MANUFACTURING

But I believe it was because of my understanding of what our company was good at manufacturing that

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About 15 concepts were made as samples, and

LAMPS FOR GABBY

LAMPS FOR GABBY

PATIO SET 1

PATIO SET 1

Several of my concepts can now be seen featured in the leading luxury furniture catalog in the US.

PATIO SET 2 IN FRONTGATE

PATIO SET 2 IN FRONTGATE

MODULAR BIOSENSOR PLATFORM

MODULAR BIOSENSOR PLATFORM

I applied my trend awareness to a 3-week open project, where I chose to focus on sensors.

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH SENSORS

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH SENSORS

Sensors no longer just check your heart rate; hundreds are coming out to address health issues that maybe someone you know has, like Alzheimer's, seizures, diabetes.

WHAT PEOPLE WANT

WHAT PEOPLE WANT

But even though these sensors could save lives, they’re being put into products that people don't really want to wear. So when I looked at what people DO want in their biotech,

SKETCHING

SKETCHING

I found they wanted something more fashionable, that let them hide that they had a health problem,

MODULAR CONCEPT

MODULAR CONCEPT

That gave the ability to choose their health sensor and then several others that maybe sensed their emotions and changed their music for them,

MULTIPLE SENSOR PLATFORM

MULTIPLE SENSOR PLATFORM

So I developed a platform for sensors that let users insert multiple sensors, a platform which now has a provisional utility patent, and used flexible circuit boards, FOLED screens, etc.

CUSTOMIZING TO CONNECT

CUSTOMIZING TO CONNECT

I then began developing ways to change out covers and clasps, to match different users' emotional needs,

SEQUENCE OF USE

SEQUENCE OF USE

So with this concept, for example, a diabetic user could insert their health sensor, insert other sensors,

MODULAR BIOSENSOR PLATFORM

MODULAR BIOSENSOR PLATFORM

And customize it to help them want to wear the sensors that could save their lives, because they connect with it because they made it theirs.

Patent Pending Modular Sensor Bracelet

 

Blood Lab for the Home

 

BLOOD LAB FOR THE HOME

BLOOD LAB FOR THE HOME

I further developed my fluency with technology in a project where I looked to shift diagnostics from the hospital to the home.

SPEAKING WITH A LEAD NURSE

SPEAKING WITH A LEAD NURSE

I did this because I found that nurses are vastly overbooked, so patients do not always get the care they need.

PROBLEMS WITH CURRENT DIAGNOSTICS

PROBLEMS WITH CURRENT DIAGNOSTICS

And while blood tests are currently the most effective method of diagnosis, lab tests require $40,000 equipment and tests can cost up to $8000, and tests take a while and often miss problems because they look for a limited scope.

SKETCHING

SKETCHING

I found people wanted something slightly medical looking, with a touch screen, that let people check their results with a medical professional.

SURVEYS

SURVEYS

I developed and chose the form based on surveys,

INTERVIEWING

INTERVIEWING

As well as through talking to people who could use a device like this to manage ongoing health issues, to find out what people really wanted.

MODEL MAKING

MODEL MAKING

By talking to experts in the field, I refined how the internal components fit into this product, and used models to test the form for usability.

SOURCING PARTS

SOURCING PARTS

EXPLORING MANUFACTURING

EXPLORING MANUFACTURING

And looked at the whole life cycle of the product, from manufacturing of parts,

POTENTIAL PACKAGING DESIGNS

POTENTIAL PACKAGING DESIGNS

POTENTIAL INTERFACE DESIGNS

POTENTIAL INTERFACE DESIGNS

USABILITY TESTING

USABILITY TESTING

And the result was a product that, during user testing, generated the response of, “this product is perfect for me.”

WHAT IT DOES

WHAT IT DOES

It’s not just a form, product that uses inexpensive, cutting-edge technology to bring laboratory-level diagnostics to the home at a fraction of the price, free up hospital staff, save hospitals up to 15 mil over 5 years by outsourcing lab services.

Class 2 Medical Device Interaction 

 

This video will walk through the creation of the concept, interviews with people in the field, and presentation to several medical professionals. Thanks for watching!

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