My work & studies attempt to explore, capture, or enhance aspects unique to the human experience. I love spending my free time agonizing over crosswords, taking photographs, playing tennis, and embroidering things. Enjoy looking at some of my work, feel free to reach out with any questions or thoughts!. -Anna
"Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life."
Since the election, more and more companies have violated the business norm of remaining apolitical. By using social movements in their marketing campaigns, companies are making political statements to appeal to customers and sell their products.
This puzzle consists of 18 3D printed rectangles put together in a very specific way (which ended up requiring two sets of hands to assemble). The pieces form a cube which locks and thus holds itself together.
This puzzle was a design exercise for my rapid prototyping class. Check out the Temporary Tattoo Printer I made with two other classmates as my final project.
This design is a laser cut jack-in-the-box. Each time the box is opened via the potentiometer “knob,” the lid of the box opens and pulls out an inspirational quote from the box. The box is meant to serve as an “inspiration box.” I had various friends submit their favourite quotes to me, which I then placed in the box. If the box is empty, it fails to pull out a quote; so, the point is to keep filling it with quotes as often as you take one.
The potentiometer controls the servo motor, which is placed in the laser-cut acryllic box and attached to a jagged piece of acrylic. The jagged piece of acryllic is like an arm, which opens the box and grabs quotes each time the potentiometer is turned right. Turning the potentiometer left closes the box.
Indian Passport Redesign
With this redesign, the Indian passport will tell the story of Annu, a young girl (8-10), travelling around the world. To every country she visits, she leaves a bit of India. When she travels to America, she teaches new friends yoga poses. When she travels to China, she shares a cup of chai with someone she meets. She also learns something from each place she travels to.
What Annu leaves in each place will be representative of the diversity of India. She will share with the world Indian innovations in math, the sciences, arts, culture, music, etc. There are 22 Indian dialects. Each page of the passport will feature an illustration and then be captioned in a different dialect.
In the end, she will return home to India. There are so many
problems that need solving and so much room for further innovation in India itself, Annu decides to come back and work to make India even greater than before. She’s inspired by all that India has shared with the world and all that she’s learned from her travels. She’s not overwhelmed or put down by the amount of change that needs to be made, but inspired and eager to get started.
This is a project I'm working on for fun. Copy, concept, & design by me; illustrations by my good friend & bird-lover Ann Li.
Temporary Tattoo Printer
Key Design Elements:
_3 linear actuators- 2 for the y-axis, 1 for the x-axis
_3D-printed hold for z-axis rods & attachment of pen case
_4 stepper motors to power x, y, and z axes
_Laser-cut acrylic pen case which allows for the use of a spring between top of case and pen (so pen can react to pressure changes and uneven surfaces as it writes)
_Laser-cut acrylic walls (attached to wooden base) to raise actuators and planes of movement to allow placement of hand or arm into device
Our final prototype was capable of translating an SVG of a simple shape (star, Cornell “C”, smiley face) into g-code and then into 3-axis movement to draw the shape on an uneven surface. The prototype utilizes four servo motors to achieve the movement & a removable spring-hold for the pen to take into account the uneven surfaces on a person’s hand or arm. Future iterations of this prototype will feature a pen-hold that can release temporary tattoo ink onto the user’s arm, pressure sensors to more accurately handle pressure and the uneven surface, & a web app that will allow the user to draw or upload their own designs that can then be translated into g-code to be drawn on them.
Producing & writing podcasts is a passion of mine that developed throughout the past couple years. Podcasts add an extra layer of productivity to any task you're doing. Whether you're on your daily commute, cooking, cleaning, etc... you can listen to a podcast to learn & widen your worldview. Enjoy some sample podcasts of mine :)
Augmented Reality in the Museum: April 2017
To create an interactive museum experience, I worked with augmented reality through the platform of Blippar to create “blips” for the pieces in the Asian art galleries on the fifth floor of Cornell's Johnson Museum of Art. Blippar is an app that allows the user to point their smartphone at an object, in this case the objects were art pieces in the exhibit, and the app picked up “blips” that were placed on the objects. Blips augment the reality of the space and the object. I placed blips in a manner such that they enhanced the visitor’s experience with the works of art. If a visitor placed their phone over a certain piece, the app picked it up and displayed more information on the piece in text, video, & audio form and provided links the user could click on for further information. I developed the content collaboratively with students in an art history class curating the pieces on display. The goal was to expand a museum visitor’s experience with the works of art.
I forsee the increased use of augmented reality in educational settings, like the museum. It makes learning and reading more interactive, more hands-on. The Cleveland Museum of Art, amongst others by now, also created an augmented reality scavenger hunt that allowed visitors to have unique museum experiences. Even more interestingly, AR has started being utilized to bring the museum to the user.