Project: UIC Snapshot (ft. Daeun Hwang)
December 11, 2020 by Jungwon Choi
Interview with Daeun Hwang, Information and Interaction Design major from the class of 2018.
Could you introduce and explain to us about the project you are working on?
It was a project from the IID ME course “Smart Things: IoT”, where we were tasked to design and build a smart home device. I collaborated with two other teammates, Mary and Denise. We eventually came up with “Sbin”, which is a rotating, trash-classifying smart bin, and we had an opportunity to present a thesis paper at the Korea Society of Design Science.
What was the inspiration for the project?
We noticed how trash classification can be confusing at times due to the variety of trash and different sets of regulations according to each type. So our focus was to design a smart device that can facilitate the classification process and even make it interactive and fun!
What was the most difficult part of the project?
The most challenging part was that we had to create this product from scratch. None of us had any previous experience with Arduino, which is a necessary software to operate proximity sensors and the stepper motor. Still, my awesome teammates and I managed to pull through by clearly dividing the work--into designing 3D printing, designing overall blueprint and programming--and fulfilling each of our assigned duties. Then at the end, we all pieced these parts together.