Gabbie Zhong

PROJECT 1: Masters Of Control

Assigned Masterworks:  Ubik 1969 (Novel) & Cowarobot R1 Smart Suitcase

Recreation: Smartphone with personality.

Ubik is a science fiction book about a smart house with a personality. The R1 Smart Suitcase applies a similar concept by providing intelligence to a suitcase. It’s an item that will follow you all the time. You don’t need to hold it; It’s completely hands-free. Because of the convenience, in the future, these kinds of robots will be popular in our lives.

In the future, robots will not be just robots; they will have emotions and personalities. Furthermore,  cell phones are still going to be just as popular as they are today.. However, they will have the same rights as humans because of their “humanly features”. As an example, the cell phone I created will have a human personality. This will allow a human to hold a conversation with their smart phone.

PROJECT 2: The Command: Buttons

Push it to show off your heart

Designer: Gabbie

Archetype: Growth

Context: Because of religion, privacy concerns, and government pressures (such as protests), more and more people choose to hide their faces. Because of this trend, hoodies are a future fashion style.

Product: Wearable technology as fashion is a new topic in present society. Making clothing interact with our daily lives is going to be a future trend. For example, clothing will be able to interact with people’s heartbeats; even when their faces are covered with a big hoodie, the heartbeat can still give an indication of the emotion of a person. Furthermore, the heartbeat can give a general idea of a person’s emotion by  using a heartbeat sensor to detect the heart rate. The rate of the heartbeat will also be able to control the LED lights, which indicate the person’s current emotional state

PROJECT 2: The Command: Do What I Mean


Designer: Gabbie

Archetype: Growth

Context: 10 years from now, our relationships with each other will change. Nowadays people put up a facade to hide our true emotions at work and public social events. . People hide their feelings for different reasons. We are slowly losing our sense of emotions. However Internet is becoming more and more popular. People use Internet emojis to show their emotions more than they show their real emotions.

Product: Clothing covers our face. There is a Neopixel LED screen on the chest with four different kinds of popular emojis. A button can control which emoji and the color of the emoji to show on the LED screen. EMO interaction clothing combines real life with the Internet. It helps people show off their emotions in a visual and modern way.


Project 3-The Arrival: old dogs, new tricks


Designer: Gabbie Zhong

Archetype: Constraint

Context: When a lot of people wear EMO coats to cover their identities, street crimes have significantly increased. Women feel threatened to walk on San Francisco streets. Robbers always go for handbags as their main target. However, women love to buy handbags and they always carry them on the street. If a fashion item can protect women, it can give a higher chance to help people find the bag after it gets stolen.  


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Project 4-The Gathering: strength in numbers

Bubble Protest

Designers: Gabbie Zhong, Ji Won Yeom, Lei Xiang

Context: 5 years from now, During Donald Trump’s second presidency, a lot of people realize that the United States government doesn’t care about people’s voice anymore. Most of states are processing forbidden violent demonstration law. Our company’s objective is providing a safe place for brave citizens, who will attempt to take a stand speak out their opinions with anonymity. Our online services will get more people into those topics. They can vote with the Pro and Con opinions. Our visual data analysis charts show the results with completely transparency during the event. All participants’ information are protecting by our company.

Product: Bubble suit protest event.

Bubble suit: Bubble ball is the inflatable body suit that the participants wear in order to play an interactive protests. People can bounce, roll, and flip without limitations. Users can strap on the suit  just like wearing back pack except that it’s surround you and ‘bump’ into each other, much like a football game. This suit can protect users get hurt during the protest, also it can cover everyone’s identity.

How to protest: First the user will register online. The website will contain the issue for which the participants will be protesting. During the registration, they will be able to choose between two types of groups: a regular voter and participant. Voter registration is free, however participants will have to pay a fee to enter the event. They will enter their credit card information, but will not get charged right away. They will first have to the background check. Furthermore, voters are subject to a background check as well.

Once the participant passes the background check, he / she will receive an email telling them that. They will then be able to login to their account, and choose which political side they support, and whether they want to be in the debate or just a supporter. An invitation with the protest location will then be sent to the user’s home address and the credit card will be charged.

Once at the event, the participant will have to get through the security check. While there, they will have to collect their belongings and put them in the locker. The debaters will have a number by which they will get called to come up to the stage. Each person on the stage will have 1 minute to debate a certain topic. In other words, each debate will be 2 minutes since two people will be arguing it out.

The protest area will be divided into three sections: the first section is just a common area, where people can simply hang around, chat and maybe tackle each other; the second section is the winners’ section; the winner of each debate will come here and celebrate with all the other winners. The final section is the stage area where the participants will watch the two debaters from each side debating.
The way the winner gets to be decided is by a vote. All the registered voters will be able to watch the debate through the live feed on the website. Once a debate is over, they will be able to vote for their choice. They will be given 1 minute after the debate to cast their vote. Once done, the winner will head to the winner’s section, which is section 2, the loser will head to the waiting section,  which is section one and another debate will begin.