Therapeutic High Heels Update

Therapeutic High Heels Update

Chao everyone!

Last time I mentioned a special project that I worked on that aims to bring comfort to wearing high heels. In the beginning, I just wanted to 3D scan an existing pair since I recently learned about a program called 123D Catch, which is an awesome tool that pieces together photos of a physical object into a 3D model. It works great if you want to test it on smaller objects – say a nail polish. Instead, I opted for a different method, using the NextEngine 3D Scanner.

NextEnginer 3D Scanner

I know I’ve said “3D” a lot all ready. Bear with me 🙂

Basically, with this scanner, you can scan any object that can fit within the rotating disk. I seriously love this scanner. It’s like having an XBox, but for designers. Depending on how accurate you want the result to be, it can take from 7 minutes to half an hour. Of course, if you want a better quality scan, you’d have to wait.

After the scan, and editing using Autodesk Maya, here’s what I got.

3D View

Wait till you see the 3D print of this shoe! It’s epic.

Until next time,

Nhi

The Truth About High Heels

The Truth About High Heels

Chao everyone!

The past month and a half was crazy. I was stressing out trying to finish my honors thesis before the deadline. Last Tuesday was my defense and I’m proud to say that I’ve completed one milestone in my life!! I have been working on this topic for over two years and it’s been something that I really want to see on the market.

Today, I would like to share a little bit of my project. It’s quite lengthy, so maybe I’ll post a snippet each week?

The basis of my research is acupressure. Mainly, its relationship to high heels. Now if you’ve worn high heels before, you’d know the pain and blisters that come with these shoes. You’ve seen celebrities with foot bunions and other really distorted feet.

Bunions cause the toe to bend unnaturally. Source.

Gravity is usually the culprit – the pressure naturally points downward toward the toes.

Shoes that bring pressure downward. Source.

Recently, I found out that I’m flat-footed (which explains all the unnecessary tripping), and it’s really difficult trying to find heels that are comfortable (and chic). So….I decided to create high heels that would fix this issue!

3D printing became my best friend in the last couple of years. I can’t wait to show you some of the 3D printed shoes that I created!

Until next time,

Nhi

 

 

 

The Polaroid Coincidence

The Polaroid Coincidence

Chao everyone!

Have you guys seen the new Polaroid camera that is on the market?

Ultra-Portable Optical Zoom Wi-Fi Camera. Photo courtesy of Polaroid.com

I know Polaroid cameras have been around for awhile, but they keep rolling out newer versions that are tinier than before! How much smaller can a picture get? I don’t have one because I rarely develop pictures from my phone/camera anyway. Not only that, a pack of 10 films ranges around $15 – $20. I’ll pass… for now.

At the beginning of 2014, I collaborated with 3 animators to create a commercial for a new concept camera. I was the product designer for that project. Not to be too cocky, but I was really proud of my design! You can see some of my process below.

 

I used this model as a basis for my header, business cards, and letterheads (^_^). A few months later, mid-summer, I found a webpage  on StumbleUpon that shows Polaroid’s latest tech. I was quite devastated (and I might have went on a subtle rampage) that my design was so similar to their own.

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Polaroid 10-Megapixel Instant Print Digital Camera Z2300B with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, Black. Photo courtesy of Polaroid.com

 

 

In all honesty, it was just a coincidence. Polaroid released this design back in 2013, and I am in turn grateful that they redesigned from their bulky predecessor. Great minds think alike?! ^_^’ (I wish)

Until next time,

Nhi