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Workflow Experiment and Implementation​


Designed in Fall 2018

We try to draw inspiration through an experimental design process. Furthermore, We aim at devising design with calculations and programs, in order to explore the logic that can be deeply extended in your workflow.


We choose a theme installation arts design as study samples not only because we want to design a device that is close to emotional expression, but also because in the art design workflow process, we can better abstract and explore the concept conversion. The design based on the water theme. We focused on analyzing the relationship between design elements and technologies incorporation as the example to realize predominantly possibility in design presentation.


· Design Statement

The core of the design concept is to trigger the freeze in the flow process. Our intention to research the design based on the uncertainty and constantly changing idea for supporting the inspiration and emotional explanation. Semi-quantitative randomization has become the focus of design, and we are aiming to experiment with workflow around this concept.

· Semi-quantitative Random Selection

In order to determine the semi-quantitative randomization concept, we program a random sonnet generator (Figure 1. shows the framework) by Python, which expression through poetic imagery to receive design inspiration. 

In this design experiment, we obtained the sonnet “Through the Looking Water” (Figure 2.) by entering keywords: water, flow, freeze, and ethereal. Inspired by the sonnet, we made wearable jewelry as a design target to be a carrier of RFID tags.


                   Figure 1. Random sonnet generator framework.                                                          Figure 2. Random sonnet “Through the Looking Water”.

· Shape Design and 3D Printing

We chose the jewelry design based on the emotion mood displayed by sonnet. When the moment of flow is eternal, the death resolves its own meaning. The flowers bloom in the water, forming a flowing hymn. We use a one-midnight blooming flower - Epiphyllum as the carrier of this emotion, that interpreter the metaphor and atmosphere of flowing, ethereal, and romantic, but with tension in it. 

We model via Maya (Figure 3.) and use a low-cost cube 3D printer (Figure 4.) to complete the appearance of the jewelry (Figure 5.). After considering the ease of use as an RFID interactive device, we decided to apply the shape to the ring (Figure 6). A key challenge to overcome when modeling the 3D-printing flower is leaving the delicate space for the RFID tags and fixed opening and factoring in the removal of excess material, such as the support frame.

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Figure 3. Jewelry modeling with Maya.

Cube 3D printer support frame generating

Figure 4. Cube 3D printer support frame generating software.

3D-printing flower model
3D-printing flower applied to a ring

                                                             Figure 5. 3D-printing flower model.                                                          Figure 6. 3D-printing flower applied to a ring.

· Arduino and RFID Installation

We hope that RFID will trigger the Arduino to generate a series of linkage feedback, which is in line with the theme of flow. In order to match the theme, we choose LED and DFPlayer [6] as examples to design the Arduino (Figure 7. shows the framework, Figure 8. is the installation). The light and string sound are triggered at the moment of approach, the illusion of the narrative singing. On the extension of the shadow, the sound is gradually drifting away. In practice we focus on nested logic execution and solve the DFPlayer's [3] noise problem by cutting off the TX input after the signal was received.


Figure 7. Arduino and RFID installation framework.

Figure 8. Arduino and RFID installation.

Figure 8. Arduino and RFID installation. [DFRobot.]


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5.    Nath, B., Reynolds, F. and Want, R., 2006. RFID technology and applications. IEEE Pervasive Computing, (1), pp.22-24.

6.    Sangar, B., 2018. The Talking Periodic Table. pp.100-105.

7.    Subramanian, V., Chang, P.C., Lee, J.B., Molesa, S.E. and Volkman, S.K., 2005. Printed organic transistors for ultra-low-cost RFID applications. IEEE transactions on components and packaging technologies, 28(4), pp.742-747.

8.    Wu, N.C., Nystrom, M.A., Lin, T.R. and Yu, H.C., 2006, July. Challenges to global RFID adoption. In Technology Management for the Global Future, 2006. PICMET 2006 (Vol. 2, pp. 618-623). IEEE.

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