Wenkai Xue-a-Circle Life Buoy

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Interview with Wenkai Xue : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Wenkai Xue : When there is a shipwreck that people have to abandon the ship to escape, the cold water is the No. 1 killer for death of. Therefore, to maintain body temperature is the primary is the principal issue. Hurry and panic escape may also result in accidental bodily injury and the wound of blood will lead to shark attack, which endangers the lives of the drowning people. However, the traditional life buoy cannot solve the problems above. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Wenkai Xue : The life buoy could be used in the shortest time. The ring body is specially designed to isolated seawater effectively, save people’s energy by supporting the body, and maintain body temperature so as to protect the safety of the drowning people to the maximized degree. The life buoy is equipped with GPS positioning and light emitting device, which can be found quickly and accurately by the rescure. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Wenkai Xue : To turn the concept to reality product. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Wenkai Xue : It is a long time to do research on this concept. In the last one year, we kept deepening it. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Wenkai Xue : From the report and news about marine perils, we realized how bad it did to human, which remind us to design a product to prevent life safety from marine perils happening without any requirement and commission. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Wenkai Xue : Our product is not produced by any company. And we are always looking for partner. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Wenkai Xue : Once we realized how dangerous human would face and the threat to human’s life safety. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Wenkai Xue : No. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Wenkai Xue : We design this product for corporation who runs maritime traffic. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Wenkai Xue : We design for simply use and protect people well when suffering marine perils with GPS to lead a rapidly rescue. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Wenkai Xue : Because our product's shape is a circle and, as we all know, the angle of the circle is 360 degree and no sharp corner. It's just like our product can protect folks in fully preservation. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Wenkai Xue : We used some PC software as assist to accomplish and present out design. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Wenkai Xue : It breaks design concept of ordinary buoy, to prevent humans from shark attack after abandon the ship when suffering marine perils, to maintain the body temperature, to arm the GPS to ensure rapidly rescue. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Wenkai Xue : We have professional and technical person in our team. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Wenkai Xue : Thin-film solar .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Wenkai Xue : Yes,it is. By the questionnaire survey. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Wenkai Xue : The challenge in designing the ring of life is focused on the tension and toughness of materials. After a number of tests in the selection of materials, we finally find the proper material which achieves the desired effect. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Wenkai Xue : International Award and Competition affirmation for us to make our design much more persuasive. What’s more, it is a pretty promotional platform for us to take part in this competition. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Wenkai Xue : We learned how to express our design simply and straight, and focus on the detail. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Wenkai Xue : I think that's all. .

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