The lightweight HP ProBook x360 silicone rubber Protective Case is designed for an exact fit and flexible movement. The case helps prevent scratches to the device whether it’s in tablet or clamshell mode. I am instrumental in the cross-functional team, working with project engineers and injection molding suppliers in China, design engineer in the U.S. Production issues and design details are audited to ensure quality of the protective case as well as high yield rate in production that involves with liquid silicone rubber, insert molding and compression molding.
Tools: OnShape.com cloud-based CAD
Materials: Liquid Silicone Rubber, PC (Polycarbonate) Frame
Process: Compression Molding over Inserted PC Frame
This handle is part of HP Omen Backpack, designed for gamers to carry their HP Omen gaming Laptops. Worked with production engineers in China, we meet the requirements: to pass the load test for carry heavy laptop, to be aesthetically appealing, and to let gamers feel the substantial weight of the handle all together.
Die-cut metal plate as the core for weight and rigidity to carry the backpack load,
Polycarbonate inner to form the handle shape,
overmolded TPU for soft touch surfaces.
Woked with Epson Canada, we the designer/engineer team repackaged and rebranded an existing printing module into a new plastic enclosure for Starbucks POS system. Thus we designed a case that is aesthetically appealling, functionally useful, and at the same time manufactuable. DFM (Design for Manufacturability) study was conducted to ensure all plastic components are moldable and keypad is fundtioning.
Tools: Solidworks engineering, RhinoCero 3D
Material: PolyCarbonate Ring
Process: DFM, injection molding, color/material/surface finish study
RiN in its physical form is a 2-finger ring equipped with health tracking function. When the display is hidden, the top cover is like a polished gem. Whereas the display is on by pressing the button, the time and health data can be seen through the transparent top cover. It is a wearable Internet of Thing (IoT) health tracker designed for unobtrusive and intuitive use. It fits neatly to fingers just as a ring does.
A scenario based on biking aficionado's need for a iPhone holder on a bicycle: an iPhone case that can be easily attached to a bracket on handle bar for a bike ride, and then detached after the ride. Multiple form-fit details such as screwing, bayonet locks, and snap-in fit have been explored to achieve the optimal functionalities of protection, portability, and shock resistance.
FutureDash Energybuddy the small, easy-to-use and stylish gadget, connects to your home network, helps monitor and manage in-home electricity usage. It also allows you to control smart plugs and appliances in your home via your computers, smartphones and tablets. With unigue glowing 'red, yellow, green' translucent top, Energybuddy tells you at a glance whether your consumption is over or under-budget. My contribution to Energybuddy project is conceiving the gadget form factor with translucent top that is also a stylish ventilation for heat generated inside the box. I was responsible for concepts, electro-mechanic design, prototyping/testing, graphic design, and package design. The product was released in 2012 CES and Engadget.com
A clean and fusion styling vial holder - This project implements DFA (Design for Assembly) details in the design. It is a one-piece clamshell injection-molded part with 3 individual components – cap, back cover and front cover – connected together. The vial will be anchored in the receiver formed by back cover and cap, and then the cap can be broken away from the connectors to the back cover. Finally, the front cover swing back 180 degree to snap into the back cover and to secure the vial. The loop above the cap provides the protection from accidental pumping and is for being clipped onto a key chain, carabiner hook, etc.
Unfold dual-display productivity anywhere you work with the HP EliteDisplay S14 USB Portable Monitor, HP’s first portable 14” USB-C™ display. Fold back the wraparound easel cover, and stand up!
Worked with Industrial Design Department at HP, mechanical engineers and production engineers in our cross-functional R & D team, I helped propose 4 main monitor easel / cover alternatives to HP. The end result is the easel / cover as a perfect compliment to the portable display.
I designed this 2-pieced case for carrying iPhone in the front enclosure and an extra pocket in back for iPhone accessories or wallets. The design involves with conception, detailing and mechanical engineering for side-action molding on the main body part for the case.
The system, 1995 IDSA/IDEA Award-winning design, is a work surface with harmonious hybrid of the old and new media, including a flat touch screen, cable managing modules, a mobile telephone, a CD reader, a video camera, a stylus, a document processor, and speakers. The all-in-1 Doc Processor for
copying, faxing, scanning, and printing, streamlines image processing. The Doc Processor emulates the paper flow through the all-in-one printers on its document inputs and paper output trays. It anchors on an array of cable management modules, which allow the document processor to connect with other desktop IT products
This Video Converter was designed for VXIS a subsidiary of D-Link.
The housing of the Video Converter is an Aluminum case which performs better in heat dissipation and electromagnetic interference shielding. It is then sandwiched by clear polycarbonate top and bottom covers.
By utilizing such material, the beauty of the refracted lights and housing structures inside the clear cover and base are revealed.
The high-end audio-video product image as well as trendy Techno-style form language are exemplified and thus celebrated in this design.
Product Packaging / Gift Set Case
Developed Ralph Lauren Gift Set Box and Brush Stand for Jack Black and Anthony’s.
Tools: Solidworks/FDM 3D Printer
Materials: Clear HIPS (Case) & Vacuum-formed Insert (Clear COEX)
Process: Injection Molding (Case, Stand) & Vacuum-formeing/Thermo-forming
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MyDTV for NeoVideo is a portable personal HDTV with a built-in digital antenna and a memory card slot. It is also controllable by remote. The requirements by NeoVideo include the unit can be stand alone on a flat surface for watching video and the enclosure must be compact and fit comfortably into a user's palm. I managed to add elegant curve-linear surface and thus to transcend MyDTV image into a high-end forward-looking one while ensuring the handheld area fit the contour of a user's hands.
The images on the right show the stages in the design process, which include the ideation, sketching, basic spatial configuration study, form language development, engineering detail design, and prototyping.
Examples of my front end UX research can be viewed by clicking HERE
I have engaged in various front-end user experience research projects which cover: • Utilizing human-centered research methods - ethnographics, user observation, online survey and user-participatory workshop to identify latent user needs and gain insights at the fuzzy front end of product development. My tasks includes but are not limited to:
• Creating storyboard, and scenario to guide new product development.
• Performing scenario-oriented design to create products with optimal user experience.
• Website usability test/audit.
The past research projects include:
• Strategic planning for Changhong China on innovative product experience store space, fall 2015
• Wistron IoT sensor products and interaction study, summer 2014
• Smart Home scenario development, winter 2013
• TV user key activities in the U.S. for Changhong, spring 2013
• Asus Tablet - observation on user activities in the U.S., summer 2012