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Oppo x RCA 2021: Designing the New Extraordinary

We live at the crossroads of a past that ended abruptly and a future that has not yet taken shape. Designers have a responsibility to keep up with the sharp realities and constantly reassess and reimagine the role of humankind within them.

Recognising 'The New Normal', we believe the design of digital devices and environments should embrace a humanist approach and look beyond merely adapting to change and onto flourishing through change. The past year has put into focus the technologies we depend on, but also the the most fundamental social constructs of family, community and state.  Our generation-old notion that the future is better is suddenly not at all certain. For the future to be better, Design should be questioning and rewriting the contracts we have with technology, with society and state. 

In this third iteration of the joint studio project, OPPO and the RCA are inviting students from the RCA School of Design to take a radical approach to envision how accelerating technological and social changes can inform the design of products and ecosystems, manifesting key values and opening new better paths for humankind.  

Alon Meron, MA Design Products Tutor

3Doodle

3Doodle
3Doodle

Je Hyun Kim, Chang Sup Lee, Jee Yoon Lee, Minwook Paeng

3Doodle is a new educational platform for children to enjoy and share real-time 3D drawings to easily understand the three-dimensional world in their future.

Aura

Aura
Aura

Harika Adivikolanu

Aura is an interactive device and wearable system that enhances yoga practice through tactile assistance allowing people to feel posture adjustments in asana, breath and meditation practices.

Bonding Bean

Bonding Bean
Bonding Bean

Hanrui Sui, Beier Wu, Yingzhe Yang, Wenyuan Xu 

Bonding Bean, an interactive handheld product for parents during pregnancy. By introducing a virtual child, it helps prospective parents to adapt to parenthood in advance and strengthens timely emotional communication between them.

C-Earth

C-Earth
C-Earth

Ilayda Kal, Arnau Donate, Marco Da Re

‘C-Earth’ is a participatory system that uses images taken by phones to help scientists and policymakers monitor the impact of climate change at a local scale and trigger citizen responsibility.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis
Chrysalis

Stiliyana Minkovska

Chrysalis is a project that aims to create inclusivity and accessibility among birthing women and unite midwifery personnel through the vigour of empathy. Chrysalis is the parturition bath of tomorrow, where technology and design marry to serve both birthing people and healthcare professionals.

Echo

Echo
Echo
Yanning Zheng

Echo is an art curriculum project focused on enhancing children's emotional creativity. We have proposed different curriculum frameworks for the different growth stages of children aged 3-12. Through various forms such as painting, poetry, puppet play, etc. to help children better establish an early emotional development system.

Love Art

Love Art
Love Art

Yanting Shen

Love Art is a bridge connecting children's concerns and artist's style. Based on AI style transfer interventions, Love Art helps children's thinking resonate with artistic style, and increases the interaction between parents, teachers and children. Children can participate in nursery courses and experience Love Art online with parents.

KNOTALK

KNOTALK
KNOTALK

Danyi Shen

What if the knot works as a new language in data protection? KNOTALK is an external translator communicating between text-based information and tangible knots, promoting the cryptological safety level by embedding users’ manipulation tricks in an abstract language.

Meal Engine (ME)

Meal Engine
Meal Engine

Yifu Liu, Ferdinand Kohle, Jenny Hu, Sandeep Hoonjan

Meal Engine (ME) is a web-based recipe editor that leverages food databases to create healthier, more sustainable, and tastier meals. It aims at installing cooking confidence and promoting ingredient transparency to support those who care about health, the environment and food experiences. 

REFRESH Yourself

Linrui Mei

'REFRESH Yourself' highlights the social issues of physical inactivity and hyper-distraction in the post-pandemic age, encouraging online users to rethink the relationship between digital addiction and physical health, and empower them to control technology with alternative body gestures.

The Snug Experiment

The Snug Experiment
The Snug Experiment

Shruti Agerwala, Vridhi Agarwal

The Snug Experiment explores new forms of communication within the traditional and informal structure of the renovation industry in India. By leveraging on the existing unconventional conversational elements in the system, we support homeowners with a conversational guide and visual toolkit that aims to cultivate a healthy relationship and build trust with those who repair and renovate for us.

Trailer

Maxmilian Sirtl, Algy Falconer

This project uses dating apps to probe two visions of the future: trailer matches dates according to your complementary daily lives. You can choose to meet up in person, separated geographically through AR, or with their digital replica. This digital replica lets you trial and practice dates. And when you meet and want to introduce some friends — no stress: just generate their replicas.

Work Collective

Work Collective
Work Collective

Elzbieta Siwy

Work Collectives proposes a new model of offices – intentional neighbourhood coworking spaces. Taking inspiration from the model of cohousing can neighbourhood offices be the solution to the growing challenges of urbanization – loneliness and pollution?

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