FOREST DAWN: An intersensory candle holder designed for patients suffering from olfactory disorders due to Covid-19. 

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OVERVIEW

Take the common scented candles as a design metaphor, FOREST DAWN is an interactive candle holder that instigates discussion about the influence of olfactory disorders caused by COVID-19 on patients' daily life. Instead of use the fragrance attribute of the common candles to create the atmosphere among the indoor space, this piece invites viewers to ignite an inodorous candle, whose lightness would triger the water mist and dynamic digital vision to build a abstract forest dawn scene. 

SOLO PROJECT

MY WORK

Interaction Design, Product Design, Visual design and programming, Circuit construction, Exhibition display

INTERACTIVE PRODUCT

DURATION

4 weeks, 2021 fall

BACKGROUND

According to a large prospective study in Europe, Nearly 25% COVID-19 patients with olfactory dysfunction said they did not recover their sense of smell 60 days after losing it. 

THE SOLUTION

I tried to create a soothing solution for patients to restore their sense of smell, or to provide an alternative way to make up for their lost.  While improving people's vigilance against the olfactory disorders caused by COVID-19, this piece also intiates a discussion about what other sensory experiences the daily candle can bring to people in addition to the fragrance attribute.

 

IDEA

 How to interact with the candle holder?

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PHYSICAL COMPONENTS

Design the form and layout electrical components

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​Flame section

Water tank

​Stepper motor

PLA structure

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Top

Front

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3D modeling of the tealight candle holder

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Flame
Sensor

Mist
Maker

Stepper
Motor

PROTOTYPING PROCESS

3D printing the shape and
Building the circuit

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EXHIBITION RECORDS

FINAL LOOK

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INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE

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Ignite the tealight

The shade is raised,
and the mini forest scene appears.

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Trigger physical mist

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The ultrasonic mist maker
sprays the fog down to the forest

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Generate digital fog

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Display the digital fog filter
over the picture on the screen