Alum’s A/C Design Raises $400K and Counting

noria_1PhilaU Graduate ID Program alum Don Pancoe (‘14) is part of the team behind Noria, a complete re-think of window-mounted air conditioning. The design dramatically cuts the size of the standard window-unit air conditioner while retaining 5,000 BTU of cooling power: enough to cool a 160 square-foot room. There’s also an array of other thoughtful features such as a beautiful and intuitive interface and a smartphone app to control the unit from anywhere.noria_2

Considerable buzz has been generated (over 50 different online features so far) and the design has raised more than $400,000 to date via Kickstarter. Check out the ongoing project here.

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PhilaU ID Senior Wins Award for Smart Glasses to Help Hearing Impaired

Philadelphia University industrial design senior Renee Kakareko won $5,000 to further develop oLIVE Devices, her company that provides “smart” eyewear for the hearing impaired, at the 2nd annual JAZ Tank pitch competition held April 27 in the Kanbar Campus Center.

JAZ Tank was co-sponsored by PhilaU and Jefferson Innovation Pillar to bring innovation to healthcare through entrepreneurship. Seven early-stage businesses were pitched to the panel of investor judges as part of the event’s Venture Track.

Industrial Design senior Renee Kakareka and PhilaU President Spinelli.

Industrial Design senior Renee Kakareka and PhilaU President Spinelli.

Micaela Langille Collins took the first-place prize of $10,000 for her business that facilitates breast-feeding among working mothers, and runner-up Justine Han received $5,000 for her business of plasma treatment for corneal ulcers.

PhilaU President Stephen Spinelli Jr. announced the winners, who, in addition to the cash prizes to develop their businesses, also received a free patent, copyright or trademark application, business mentorship working space and consulting services.

Kyle Garb, a senior industrial design student, also had an opportunity to pitch his alternate burn care application device, which would dispense medication to painful burns through a misting system that would avoid direct contact with the sensitive skin.

Earlier that day, PhilaU graduate industrial design student Syed Azaaz Ahmed was selected as one of four earlier-stage entrepreneurs to access funding through the event’s Opportunity Track. His developing business, Air Eyes, would allow those who are blind to sense what is around them through pulses of air.

Kakareko, who said her glasses provide “superpowers” for people with hearing disabilities, developed the high-tech eyeglasses that capture the words of people and display them to the wearer for her senior capstone project. She said 14 percent of children in the U.S. have hearing impairments, noting that her fashionable glasses can impact both speech comprehension and the social aspects of being hearing impaired.

The previous day, Kakareko had presented oLIVE Devices at the Venture Fair in Philadelphia and was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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ID Freshmen Win evoHaX Competition

hack_a_thonAn all-freshman team of PhilaU ID students recently claimed the top prize in the April 30th evoHaX competition, part of Philly Tech Week 2016. Adam Hecht, David Kahn and Alexander Tholl bested an array of other teams from local universities and tech firms to win the event.

Competition winners accept their awards.

Competition winners accept their awards.

The theme of the competition was “Technologies for the Future: Green, Sustainable, and Accessible”. The group’s winning project was the design of an adaptive device for a 21 year-old with alexia (a condition similar to dyslexia). The team’s design scans printed text using a small finger-mounted camera which communicates with an app on the user’s smartphone. The system turns the text into audio that the user can discreetly listen to. This enables more seamless participation in a variety of everyday venues such as classroom and restaurant environments.

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Ayse Birsel Visits PhilaU ID

Ayse Birsel recently visited the Philadelphia University Industrial Design department and spoke with students about her recent book “Design The Life You Love”. In a fascinating evening at the DEC Center, Ayse shared how to use the design process to create an interesting, dynamic life that makes a difference.

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Ayse Birsel Lecture 6pm Tomorrow Night!

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Luc Merx Comes to PhilaU ID

Merx's Damned.MGX chandelier. Image courtesy Designcollector.

The PhilaU Industrial Design department recently hosted Dutch designer Luc Merx on campus. His week-long visit entailed studio collaboration and critique with a number of classes encompassing Industrial Design, Textile Design, and Architecure students. Merx also delivered a major lecture in the DEC Forum in which he detailed his personal research and design process that has yielded such projects as the Damned.MGX chandelier.

Professor Luc Merx. Image courtesy Pecha Kucha Maastricht.

 

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Final Sprint 2016 Presentations

The DEC Forum, filled to capacity as the teams get ready to make their presentations.

The Final Critique for the 2016 Industrial Design Sprint Project was held in the DEC Forum last Monday. In total, 27 teams presented their final projects to groups of circulating ID faculty and client judges. Thanks to everyone who made our Sprint 2016 Project happen!

Each team was given several minutes to present their physical models and their project boards.

In a first this year, judging was open to the student teams via a video link.

 

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The Dress Rehearsal Nears

With solid development directions secured, students are working steadily toward their Dress Rehearsal Presentations on Friday afternoon.

For this crucial session, not only do the teams need to have their two-dimensional presentations and three-dimensional models, but they must also have compiled a punch list that details what changes and enhancements they’ll be making before the Final Presentation to the client this coming Tuesday.

Faculty may change the list, add to it, or remove things from it, and then they will sign it. This is the last checkpoint for the project as it the teams then move into the final phase of refinement in preparation for Tuesday.

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The Halfway Point: Valuable Discussion at Sprint Mid-Crit

Yesterday was the Mid-Project Crit for this year’s ID Department Sprint project. Each of the 25 design teams created boards detailing their research and design process to date, then displayed them in Hayward Hall. The open “trade show” style helped the teams quickly get broad-based input from both students and faculty alike.

After the trade show, each team met individually with a small group of ID faculty for additional discussion. Later in the afternoon, all teams finished the day by meeting with the client (SDI Technologies) for a Q&A session via Skype. A wide range of design directions were introduced and discussed, with each team obtaining valuable feedback that will guide their project development as they work toward the final presentation this coming Tuesday.

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2016 ID Sprint Project Begins

The annual Sprint Project is underway in the Hayward Hall ID Studios. The client for this year’s project is SDI Technologies, makers of a broad range of consumer electronics including the iHome line. Junior-year ID undergrads are managing 25 teams that each contain a member from every year of the program including graduate students. This arrangement enables vigorous cross-pollination within the teams. The Mid-Project Crit is scheduled for early this week, when the SDI team will return to campus and assess each teams’ progress thus far. We’re looking forward to this set of always-productive critiques.

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