Spring 2015 — Intel offered a valuable opportunity for San José State University (SJSU) art and design students to collaborate with engineering students to create a product prototype using the new Intel Edison Board. This was the second challenge of it’s kind hosted jointly by Intel and SJSU. The unique aspect of this challenge was the teams were required to be formed with a combination of these majors.
The final event took place at Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara and each team had monthly meet-ups at San José State with faculty, Intel, and visiting guest speakers in order to track their progress as well as learn more about building a functional prototype.
The collaboration between art and design students and engineering students, created an environment similar to a startup. This allowed for all technical, human factors as well as aesthetic needs to be addressed in real time.
Each prototype had to meet the criteria established by Intel. The criteria listed that the product must address a real user need, combine design and technology, leverage the power of the cloud, and is both innovative and unique.
With this list in mind, Team Creation—formed by students YuYu Chen (Computer Engineering), Kenneth Chiu (Computer Engineering), Chris Cui (Computer Science), and Michael Mirchandani (BFA Graphic Design), created the TalkTummee, essentially a ‘fitness tracker for babies’.
TalkTummee tracks feeding patterns using a smart weighing scale device, which then provides analysis, feedback, and advice for parents via a phone application. Since babies cannot communicate verbally, this is an interesting approach for parents to understand their children based on electronically tracked feeding patterns.
“I’m a dad, so I look back at my experience as the father of a newborn and really wish I had more help,” said Mirchandani. “Our group discussed many different directions to take, but we felt that this project was the one that had the greatest potential to improve lives.”
TalkTummee placed 2nd in this challenge, and Mirchandani is glad he had this opportunity to work with engineers, something he had yet to do in his studies here at San José State. Not only did he learn new things related to his own major, but now encourages others to venture out and make new friends through these challenges.
A big thank you to Intel for collaborating with San José State to provide students with such a unique opportunity to collaborate across disciplines. For more information about getting involved with future Intel events and challenges, please visit their website at www.intel.com. For more information about past challenges, please visit http://bit.ly/irp-galileo.