2nd place winner - Product compliments:
|Project name: ROBOMINDER (click to view festival poster) (click to view poster by Jose Gonzalez Cabrero)|
STUDENT: OLGA VELICHKO
School: Foothill High School | County: Sacramento | City: Sacramento
Grade: 12 | Age: 17
Supervised by: Leisa Machado
Olga Velichko is part of a family of 12, and strives to be a role model for her younger siblings. Education plays a significant role in her life, though she is also involved with many other activities: she is an active member of the California Scholarship Federation, teaches a class of 3-6 year olds at a local church, and
works part time to provide for her educational expenses and to help out with her family.
She is an active listener, patient advocate and educator, and her short term goal is to become a registered nurse. She also would like to eventually gain a higher professional degree. Behind her achievements is a strong desire to learn and become an instrumental member of society.
The ROBOMINDER is a sustainable product that is great for everyday activities yet its small enough to be transportabe to take with you.
The ROBOMINDER will work based on its main component, the ultra-light solar energy battery located underneath, at the very bottom. It rolls around the house with wheels, or if preferred, they hide underneath to have your ROBOMINDER in one place.
JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ CABRERO
DESIGNER COMMENT TO STUDENT'S PROJECT
The ROBOMINDER reminded me to a mash-up between Lost in Space robot Bob May and a commercial for Siri, the need of remember things and important dates has been always around but the fact that Olga thought about a "warm" interaction with a machine is very interesting.
I imagine the ROBOMINDER as a little mascot that runs on sustainable solar energy, while
you are charging your device it follows you around the house (thanks to built-in sensors) and keeps working as a vocal reminder of the things you have to do. It's a nice idea because you interact with the device as another being... we dont need only lists or schedules, we need contact.
ABOUT JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ CABRERO
Mexican Product Designer, graduated in 2009 from Politecnico di Milano, González Cabrero works for various well-known design studios in Milan (Matteo Ragni, Carlo Contin, dBID).
Freelance designer, works developing products, graphics and illustrations. He participates in remote educational programs with Mexican universities and writes for design publications in Mexico & Italy. Among his clients are: Codigo, De.de.p, Glup, Made WS, Poli.Design, UASLP & United Pets. His goal is to design emotional, sustainable and genuine objects, rich of meaning and able to awake interactions between users and objects. gonzalezcabrero.com