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Artwork depicting  "NoHo" that I collaborated with artists Chenyen & Margot. 

Running × NoHo

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This is a 14-week project to design running wearables for a 19 y/o female in NoHo. The whole innovative design process is inspired by a six-word-story discovered in North Hollywood.

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What if our body is an instrument
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as we run,
our ever-changing movement creates the note

Everyone is an artist, some just haven’t found their muse yet. Everything about running provides the runner the opportunity to create music art. Emotions lay the foundation of the music key. Speed, paces, and movement are the notes happening unscripted. The design evokes the wearer to create music, freely and easily just as she casually goes for a run, expressing her innermost being as a creator.

Six-word-story inspired by NoHo:
OFFBEAT CULTURE
INVISIBLE CROWDS
UNSCRIPTED CREATOR
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offbeat culture

invisible crowds

unscripted creator

Thought 1

Thought 2

Thought 3

What if we run invisibly?
How could we run myopically?
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What if we run to find our uniqueness?
How could we run to evoke innermost being?
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What if we run surreally?
How could we run to meet our soul inadvertently?
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People run differently for different reasons. Every moment, every strike and swing are unscripted.

The unscripted strikes and swings can be the source of the off-beat.

Everyone has a unique emotional journey while running, and it varies from type to type.

Music keys have different emotional characteristics.

This can be used to connect the creation and personal expression. 

If you cover the body with a certain amount of sensors, the unexpected actions can be caught and recorded.

Acoustic fibers that change the sound conduction by it's stretching length and direction, can be used to achieve a new way of music creation.

WE RUN TO GENERATE OFFBEAT ENERGY PULSES
WE CONNECT BY OUR UNIQUE HIDDEN EMOTION
WE CREATE MUSIC WITH EVER-CHANGING BODY MOVEMENT
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Running × NoHo

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acoustic adaptive
running apparel
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Energy harvester embeded system

With energy harvester system embeded in the legging, every strike creates an offbeat energy pulse.

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Energy harvester embeded system

For the top design, offbeat energy pulses are created by arm swing.

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acoustic fiber

Electricity passes through the acoustic fiber around the body and generates sound signals.

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movement creates unique music

As the movement changes, acoustic fibers stretch in different lengths and directions. it influences the created sound signals - music notes.

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musical signals collected by phone

The signals will be collected by the phone in the pocket through RFID.

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musical signals collected by phone

Or if you prefer to wear your phone around the arm, the signals will be collected by the phone there.

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MATERIAL RESEARCH

MIT acoustic fiber that can hear and sing.

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Wearable energy harvesters generating electricity.

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You can create alone or with friends!

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Replay, and edit the music that you created.

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You can also see your friends' creativity!

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MODEL MAKING
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Running × NoHo

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Design / Ting Zhou

Instructor / Kevin Beard