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Master of Design Student's Journal
WEEK 4: CLASS ACTIVITY: KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER
 

WEEK 4: CLASS ACTIVITY: KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER

 

DESIGN BRIEF To solve the problem and make life much more easier, I aim to create an app for any smartphones and tablets. The app must be easy to use, convenience and practical for the car users. The app will cover all private operators such as Secure Parking, Wilson Parking and more. As well as the council car parks, customer car parks, spot fields, museums, shopping centre car parks, hotel car parks giving the users the widest coverage possible. to ensure that the users get the most accurate information by providing any relevant, reliable and usable search results including the nearest car park, operating hours, parking rates and special offers available by state and region. 
By pinpoint the location or type in an address, the app to find the nearest parking space closet location where the user want to visit and get directions to your preferred car park. Touching on any of the locations to find out car park details including rates, entry address and surrounding attractions. Drop the pin when you park, the app will record where the users have parked their car. The app will also direct the best way to get to the locations where the users need. When the users are done with their business, the app will direct from the current location to the exact spot where the users have parked their car. 
IMAGE REFERENCE: July 4, 2013 San Francisco Parking Rules, Deal Tracker SF, Viewed 14 August 2013, http://www.dealtrackersf.com/2013/07/03/san-francisco-parking-rules-for-the-4th-of-july-holiday-and-general-parking-meter-tips/

DESIGN BRIEF To solve the problem and make life much more easier, I aim to create an app for any smartphones and tablets. The app must be easy to use, convenience and practical for the car users. The app will cover all private operators such as Secure Parking, Wilson Parking and more. As well as the council car parks, customer car parks, spot fields, museums, shopping centre car parks, hotel car parks giving the users the widest coverage possible. to ensure that the users get the most accurate information by providing any relevant, reliable and usable search results including the nearest car park, operating hours, parking rates and special offers available by state and region. 

By pinpoint the location or type in an address, the app to find the nearest parking space closet location where the user want to visit and get directions to your preferred car park. Touching on any of the locations to find out car park details including rates, entry address and surrounding attractions. Drop the pin when you park, the app will record where the users have parked their car. The app will also direct the best way to get to the locations where the users need. When the users are done with their business, the app will direct from the current location to the exact spot where the users have parked their car. 

IMAGE REFERENCE: July 4, 2013 San Francisco Parking Rules, Deal Tracker SF, Viewed 14 August 2013, http://www.dealtrackersf.com/2013/07/03/san-francisco-parking-rules-for-the-4th-of-july-holiday-and-general-parking-meter-tips/

Cursing around searching for a parking spot wasted gas, increase pollution, and frustrates driver short on time? Using wireless sensor network to accurately determine parking vacancies enables cities to decrease congestion and manage their resource more efficiently. 

This interesting article I found, had encouraged me to come up with my design brief. The article says about how circling for parking spot would affect the urban in term of environmental problem, social and economic.

As the world quality of life is depreciated by atmospheric pollution and congested streets, which result in lost time for car users and wasted gas.The European Commission estimate that economic losses due to traffic delays total €150 billion per year in Europe. Moreover, in 2000, the Texas Transportation Institute monitored that the 75 largest metropolitan areas in the United States suffered 3.6 billion hours of vehicle delay cruising the loss of  21.6 billion litres of gas and $67.5 billion in productivity.

The need to search for available parking spaces, especially takes a lengthy periods of cruising around, is a significant contributor to widespread congestion and a major cause of stress for the users. Based on calculations by UCLA professor of urban planning Donald Shoup noted that the cars searching for parking in a small business district in Los Angeles drive an estimated 950,000 miles a year, wasting about 95,000 hours (11 years) of drivers’ time and 47,000 gallons of gasoline which producing 730 tons of CO2 emissions. And in Barcelona, Spain, a million drivers spend an adverage of 20 minutes  everyday looking for a parking spot, producing 2,4000 tons of Carbon Dioxide.

To reduce traffic congestion produced by driver who looking for available parking spots, cities are turning to technologies that can provide accurate information on where to find available parking spaces, thereby minimising delays, helping traffic flow more smoothly, and even enabling drivers to book parking spaces using app on their smartphone or via in-vehicle infotainment systems.

This type pf solution works like an indoor parking structure system, which uses ultrasonic sensors, GPS receiver, and cellular network to find empty parking spaces and then relays this information to driver using internet maps, navigation system, and display installed in the garage. These systems are requiring sensor installation on top of the vehicles, and must be positioned in rages of the data receivers. But when moving to a city scenario, this approach is not possible. Wiring the parking lots in a city incurs significant by other vehicles or objects near the lot under control. In addition, parking sensor must be robust enough to be buries under parking spaces and handle wide fluctuations in environmental conditions.

As an alternative to conventional wired systems used in indoor parking structures, Libelium developed smart parking sensor technology. The concept calls for deployment of a wireless sensor network with sensor placed inside the concrete floor, one per parking spot. These battery-powered sensor detect the arrival and departure of vehicles within the parking lot and transmit the information wirelessly to different panels displaying the number of places available. 

SOURCE

Alicia, A, 2011, ‘Wireless Sensors  Platform Eases Quest For Parking, Industrial Embedded System http://industrialembedded.com/  articles/wireless-platform-eases-quest-parking/

FINDING PARKING SPOT - CHEER BEER


This commercial ads shows how important the parking space is. I think it is a well representation of how people spending their time cruise around for an available parking space. :D

(Source: youtube.com)

HERE BALLOON 

HOW KOREAN IMPROVED THEIR PARKING PROBLEM. To be able to identify a design problem, I have come across this creative video. It monitors how a petroleum corporation showed their efforts to help the car users save gas, with their really simply ideas.

As South Korea’s capital, Soul had some of the highest gasoline consumption in the world. What’s more, car use was increasing, petrol costs rising, and parking space scarce. The Korean oil company, S-Oil wanted to show it has a mission to save oil.

Everyday a soul drivers wanders at least 500 meters to find a parking space, which means 500m x 30 days = 15km a month or approximately 1 litre of gas. However, with HERE Balloons, a simply innovation solution to an environment challenge by Cheil for S-Oil in South Korean, have saved driver’s gas expenses through a new and interesting method. The campaign certainly helped diver to save oil. As result, in just one day, 700 cars used 23 litres less oil. Over a whole year, they saved much more.1 day = 700 cars = 23 litres x 365 days = Happiness!!

In my opinion, I think this idea is not perfect as the helium in those balloons cost CO2 emission and energy far greater than 1Litre of oil, but it is still a great idea to get started!

(Source: youtube.com)

What Creative Life Do You Want for Sydney

—City of Sydney

Question?: Should we clean it? or should we call it art?

Question?: I have my passion for gardening. But where i live, there is non-gardening spaces. Are there any solution??

Child Development, Educational Toy

WEEK 3: CLASS ACTIVITY. During the class, our lecturer gave us  design problem based on ‘Children Learning Toy.’ A purposed of this class activity is to writing the design brief as to solve the problems.

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The design problem was about a local company founded that their sales of its educational toy range are falling. Due to competition from other companies, especially from abroad. The company sells a range of toy all aimed at helping young children learn. Some are number games and other help children lean the alphabet and to read simple words. Other toys help children develop hand and/or eye coordination. However, in recent years more imaginative and interesting games and toys have been manufactured by other companies. If our local company does not design and manufacture more interesting games and toy, it will slowly reduce its workforce and eventually shut down.

To be able to solve the problem, I have done my research on the requirement of materials used and condition applied in this issue. From the research, I also founded out that learning toys are not necessarily appropriate for newborn infants. Thus, the learning toys are appropriated only for older children who are cognitively ready for such element.  

For the learning toys, I am going to design a learning toy for only children aged between 24 months to 36 months to give them basic abilities to counting, physical, and temporal relationship between object at the valuable prices.

The product will be based on how to matching colours, shapes and picture, or how to naming objects. shapes and picture, including sound addition. The learning toy will be made out from genius quality materials; a light weight, non-toxic contained, sturdy and washable, and provision by our local suppliers. The size of toys will be small enough to handle with rounded shape and no sharp edge. Apart from the physical product, the company will also sell within a digital format via tablet or any touchscreen electronic devices aims reduce the cost of manufactured and to give the possibility for the children to enhance their abilities and skills through our modern way of experiencing. 

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Rich Picture

WEEK 2: CLASS ACTIVITY. Today class is to listed the group words for a rich picture. The words on the left hand side of the sheet should be matched with the words on the right hand side. By cross out each link word and write it alongside the appropriate group word. An example has already been complete - the group words EXISTING PRODUCTS have had their link words added to the same box. When you have completed this exercise, draw a rich picture with the main theme at its centre.imageimage

To gather information, this rich picture is a method of developing the ideas, which we will be using it for our first assignment. The assignment is all about how design problem could be solved. I am currently still thinking of what could be the problem, something really simple that could be solved within an elegant design solution.