I was very impressed by everyone’s projects. People definitely put a lot of time and effort into creating a design that they could create and potentially market. I thought it was interesting in that some people’s designs were actual devices to help medicine, dieting, or video games. While other people’s creations were museums or art shows to create more awareness on a certain issue, from smoking cigarettes, animal testing, to harms in drinking diet drinks, and so on.
So many people had DNA designs for testing procedures and dieting procedures. It was interesting all the different designs that people created. Originally, I was thinking of a DNA design as well. I think that most people are curious about DNA designs in that there are not many of them out there. Or, the ones that are out there do not work yet or have not been created in the most effective and efficient way. I definitely think it would be cool for all the people who had such designs to speak to each other and maybe come up with something combined. I think if there was one thing that I would add to the DNA projects is a design that could not only test people’s blood for blood counts, but also for blood sugar levels so that way people with diabetes or hypoglycemia do not have to constantly prick their figures or check their blood counts. A machine, without such pain, could do so and be very helpful to a lot of people. I also think maybe designing the blood testing to be digitally sent to a website so people could check it on a website. Or, possibly send it digitally to a central location where nurses and staff monitor the counts and sugar levels. Another cool idea would to make the design into a chip that could test all this. I think if there was something created like this it would be very helpful in helping to detect diseases earlier, prevent blood sugar attacks, help people ultimately monitor their health and care, etc.
I researched the blood sugar chip and something similar has been invented in the picture below (http://www.engineeringservicesoutsourcing.com/b/fe/2008/06/no-pain-no-blood-chip-monitors-diabetes.html):
I also researched other implanted chips. Such chips are made to be used for a hospital ID where a person’s healthcare information is implanted in the chip. Testing for DNA and blood sugar should also be including in this chip. The chip already created can be seen below (http://www.greaterthings.com/News/Chip_Implants/):
I also really like the other DNA ideas that were not meant for health awareness, but rather dating or video game services. I thought that this was very interesting and definitely something that could be of use in the future. I, especially thought the dating website was very interesting. The idea to use someone’s genetic material to find a mate seems unreal now, but I definitely think it could be something that could definitely be created in the future. Just think, rather than people guessing what they like, their bodies can do it for them. Such an awesome idea.
Overall, I was very impressed and surprised by all the unique ideas and designs. There was so much originality. I feel that my design was quite a bit different from many people’s in that it did not have to do with human beings, their bodies, health, DNA or genetics. Except for the project about the chickens and the dinosaurs, which was also very different. I think that my project turned out pretty good in the sense that it would really create awareness, but if I could redesign it I would definitely make some modifications. I would try to make the topic more specific and delve more in animal testing in cosmetics rather than animal testing all together. My original idea was that I just wanted to create awareness of animal testing, in general. But, I found that for people who have found animal testing to help them in terms of medicine, then it is not something they want to see or hear. However, such an exhibit could still be useful in that it shows what is going on during such research. Ultimately, I think that limiting the testing to cosmetics would make more people interested in the exhibit. I also need to make the design safer for people so more people would consider visiting the exhibit and take part in the cause. People’s criticism and advice was very helpful after giving our presentations. It was interesting to see what other people thought of my design and the ways they thought I could change it. Very constructive feedback.
I am excited to see what people will be doing for their final!