Initially, this was supposed to be mainly a project based on the sustainable innovation of using body heat to power our smartwatches and wearables while consuming little energy. This obviously presented risks in implementation, but it did not deter me in the least. What gradually swayed my opinion was the deterioration of the situation in Ukraine, which had been invaded by Russia and was causing a new humanitarian crisis directly in Europe.
I have to admit that I was terrified and helpless at first.
However, after a few days, my mind regained a bit of lucidity and resourcefulness, allowing me to move forward with my thesis project, successfully establishing a real connection between my concept and the real world. Unfortunately, a war had to break out in order for this inspiration to be discovered, which is why the entire fundamental concept behind my work had to be changed and improved. The decision to subvert the ideas underlying my concept became a priority, and it was at this point that I really began to conceptualize the realization of my project.
So, I began to develop my concept with the goal of transforming what should have been a simple industrial design project into a social sustainability project with a foothold in the physicality and realization of an artifact. Using everyday life as a thread, I attempted to recreate a clear definition of my problem to be solved and how I intend to solve it.
Based on careful observation of the world around me, I realized that my intent as a designer is not necessarily to create or develop a new technology as an end in itself, but rather to create a low- energy artifact that functions as a sort of “life-saving” object, connecting the individual to the government in the event of an emergency. The goal is to investigate and address new options for connecting people to a non-infringing source or social system. This will also bring reflection on geopolitical transformation over time and how lo-fi technology relates to it.
A wearable can make the difference between life and death.