From artistic interventions to novel smart products, students in our design ecosystem create innovations of all kinds. In course assignments, personal projects, and more, students are constantly developing new ideas and solutions.
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With a low-cost, accurate device that uses sound waves to diagnose pneumonia, a student team aims to meet critical needs in populations with limited access to medical infrastructure.
A student team prototyped a WiFi buoy for the open ocean, considering applications and possible partnerships as they iterated on their design.
ReEmploy is a prototype for a platform to help refugees build their local networks for resettlement and community engagement.
A project developed across multiple courses, SpotBot is a mechatronic free weight assistant.
KitKast reimagines the experience of wearing a cast, enabling novel forms of customization.
HeliHoot, a project from an integrative biology course, is a concept for applying the natural design of owl wings to reducing the noise levels caused by drones.
This kit takes a speculative approach to “taking fashion back to its roots.”
WheelSense is a modular, open-source system that empowers visually impaired and movement-restricted wheelchair users to explore the world around them.
This prototype uses wearable circuit technology to simplify symptom monitoring for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
This project focuses on optimizing household energy load schedules — integrating consumer energy demand, clean energy generation, and optimized control within a cyber-physical network.
Nektar empowers anyone to play songs on guitar, using laser projection to illuminate specific chord positions and to provide intuitive visual guidance that beginning guitar players can follow.
Interaboard is an interactive balance board that engages users in fun workout routines.
This portable IV case is aimed at increasing patient mobility in rural and lower-income regions.
This proof-of-concept sensor network is focused on facilitating post-earthquake recovery processes by estimating structural damage.
Harnessing the power of cuteness and curiosity, Ellie the Jellyfish lowers the barrier to starting conversations with new people.
Reimagining Mobility students conceptualized an autonomous platform that could be called on demand to transport conventional vehicles, cargo, and more.
Translating sign language, this wristband broadens access to interpersonal communication.
Drill Sergeant is an ecosystem of augmented power tools that help new makers gain confidence and hands-on skills.
HydroLily takes an interdisciplinary, bioinspired approach to the pressing global issue of expanding access to clean drinking water.
This independent project explored applications of 3D printing for rapid prototyping of musical instruments.
Modeled after mono-wing maple seeds, Pum is a bioinspired relief package airdrop device designed to keep food and medical supplies from being damaged or blown into inaccessible areas.
Spark is a unisex, multipurpose scarf designed to increase awareness of sexual harassment.
Aiming to enhance quality of life for those in wheelchairs who suffer from pressure sores, a student team called Under Pressure created a pressure-monitoring pad and a compatible mobile app.
Architecture and structural/civil engineering students teamed up to create innovative, sustainable designs for a residential site in Berkeley.
Dear Jacky is a mood-tracking application that enables you to record your emotions, reflect on your entries, and receive a personalized response.
PEC-MAN is a portable, low-cost device designed to gamify and socialize standard workouts to help people reach their healthiest, happiest selves.
By increasing awareness of financial activity and endowing the everyday wallet with a personalized, playful identity, Max seeks to be your new, pocket-sized sidekick.
A cyber physical system designed for use with electric bicycles, aSYST-ME eB guides the user to more efficiently balance pedal power with electric power, preserving comfort as well as battery charge.
WareComm is a smartwatch app that offers an efficient means of improving communication between colleagues.
Inspired by automatic instruments like music boxes, Computational Design and Fabrication students designed and made a xylophone player.
The team behind this interactive device aims to “revolutionize the recruiting process.”
TrashScan is an interactive device that takes a fun approach to educating community members about sustainability.
Introduction to Prototyping and Fabrication students gained skills by designing and building bluetooth-controlled vehicles.
Helios is a real-time body-cam and sensor package designed to improve firefighters’ safety.
Aimed at empowering the visually impaired, this augmented white cane provides both obstacle avoidance and navigation assistance.
A student team prototyped an armband respiratory monitoring device designed for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
In an assignment for Sketching & Visual Communication, students took on the challenge of visually explaining a product, process, experience, interface, or system.
Volta, an updated take on the traditional rocking chair, harnesses the rocking motion of its user to generate energy.
This “puzzle piece” chair, which lights up when connected to a similar chair, aims to encourage creative collaboration among its users.
Lean’s capacity for transformation offers a dynamic, multi-functional seating experience.
This smart barrel gauge, using wireless sensors, could save distilleries 160 hours of labor per 700 barrels each year.
Ninja Walker changes shape to fit tight spaces, giving elders safer access to narrow hallways and bathrooms.
The everyday ballpoint pen inspired a student team to design a self-cleaning surgical laparoscope.
A student team modified the classic stethoscope, enabling the digitizing and sharing of heart sounds via a smartphone app.
Asthma patients can get highly accurate lung capacity readings with this inexpensive, handheld device.
This whole body pressure cuff aims to reduce maternal mortality in the developing world from postpartum hemorrhage.