Prototype development

  1. the old model only involves waist movements.
  2. in the 1st draft, aesthetics were not taken consideration yet
  3. The new model aims to become a system of tools/equipment that will engage isolated body parts to perform movements extracted from Taichi.   Therefore, there would be equipment cater to legs, waist, hands, arms separately. Furthermore, considering working adults would not be in exercise attire during office hours and they might just have few mins during their break, all movements could be considered as “N.E.A.T — non-exercise activities thermogenesis”. So users could do gentle movements with the help of the facilities.  Besides, this would enable more than 2 people to use this tools at the same time; hence, it would also be a good chance for people to talk and interact during their break.
  4. In terms of aesthetic, I would like to use the traditional taichi symbol as inspiration.  First of all this symbol is well-known by all most everyone, using it would be an obvious reminder for users that this facility is related to Taichi. Secondly, this symbol well expresses the ideology behind Taichi, which is ” balance ” “movements” “duality”, therefore, I would like to play with the iconic “black and white” color of Taichi symbol.
  5. I propose to use the combination of wood and metal to build this system to create the modern look. Normally, manufacturers use metal alloy to build this kind of facility because they are more likely to be put outdoor.




draft 1 by Nov 2016


Draft 2 by Jan 2017 


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Revised FYP summary

1.What do you need to design? (Product)

A fitness furniture/facility

2. What is its nature? ( Description)

The facility aims to learn from traditional Chinese regimen such as Taiji in order to design a product or system that could improve people’s fitness level, facilitate indoor exercise, especially in small space

3. Who is it for? (Audience)

For everyone who need to reduce mental and physical stress and discomforts.

4. Why is it needed? (Problem)

More and more people live in cities. Urban lifestyle  does not provide enough time and space for people, and many people lack the knowledge and awareness in taking care of their own body.

5. What are its benefits? ( Solution) 

The project intends to take inspiration from Traditional Chinese Medicine culture and system.

6.Why is it interesting? ( Originality/Challenge)

My project would be to extend the benefit of Tai Chi to commoners such as busy working adult and students who do not have time to join classes led by Tai Chi masters or coaches. I am not trying to teach them how to practice Tai Chi, intead I would extract the essentiality of Tai Chi – both mental and physical balance and flexibility

7. What will you bring to it? ( Vision)

I will bring a sense of playful comfortness and relaxation, improvements in both mental and physical health.

8. How will you proceed? ( Methods)

I will study the Tai Chi movements and methodology behind it. By deconstructing the movements and gestures, I would be able to develop a simple but effective system for  users.