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Young Blood

  • PolyU SD graduates - best of the show
  • demostrated ambition on developing design systems

PolyU School of Design 2021 Grad: Wong Ho Ting

AUTDOOR

PolyU School of Design 2021 Grad: Wong Chi Yin

OPRO

PolyU School of Design 2021 Grad: Chan Tan Ni, Daniel

Dinamic

PolyU School of Design 2018 Grad: Lo Kin Pan

POD

Design Tech

  • how creative design skillsets navigate the uncertainty of tomorrow's challenges

ASA Innovation & Technology Limited

Airluna

Studio Doozy

Violet & Libue

Lify Company Limited

Lify Wellness personalized wellness beverage experience
Lify Wellness

Social Innovator

  • creative approach to provide better wellbeing to different disadvantaged groups
  • social inclusion

HKCSS and HKCSS Care Food

HKCSS Care Food artistic interpretation

Kevin Cheung

Boombottle

PolyU Public Design Lab
- Professor Michael Siu

Chess for All

 

Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

MiC Expandable Housing

Singularities

  • cutting edge Hong Kong innovations that impact the nation and the world

Biomega

 

Biomega EV prototype model

China State Construction International Medical Industry Development Co. Ltd

 

VENUS Negative-pressure Isolation Cubicle

ATHENA III Negative-pressure Isolation Ward

Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Limited

 

Fish embryo-based toxicity testing technology artistic interpretation

Tomorrow’s Unicorn

  • break-through innovations and technologies which have potential for future commercialization

PolyU Department of Health Technology and Informatics - Prof. Shea Ping Yip

PolyU Department of Biomedical Engineering - Dr. Thomas Ming Hung Lee

PolyU Department of Health Technology and Informatics - Dr. Chien Ling Huang

PoluU Department of Health Technology and Informatics - Dr. Gilman Kit Hang Siu

Low-cost handheld device for decentralised virus detection

PolyU Health Technology and Informatics - Dr. Gilman Kit Hang Siu and his team 

A Geo-phylogenetic Database for COVID-19 in Hong Kong

Somersault

  • revitalization of cultural heritage with design and creativity for sustainable business model

PolyU School of Design

Tram Rejuvenated

Art x Tech

  • mpactful commissioned site-specific public art installation
  • encapsulate the essence of entire events
  • artwork to transcend enviromental & social benefit
  • artwork combining new media technology

Dimension Plus

Irrigate Flow

design systems

A scrap aluminium cans "Moon"

Ode to Joy

About the Exhibits

AUTDOOR

Given the increasing number of students with autism and other special educational needs, there is a growing concern in Hong Kong about the effectiveness of integrated education policies. As have been indicated by many scholars, a lack of understanding and empathy among the general public and inadequate training for children with autism may lead to children with autism not being able to integrate into the mainstream environment and may further exacerbate the prejudice against autism. Therefore, it is necessary to promote a caring culture among young children to foster an inclusive school and society. 

AUTDOOR is an interactive social learning system that uses vegetable selling as a training medium to help children with autism and other schoolchildren go out and interact physically and virtually with their neighbors. The vendor booth is equipped with a transparent TV and facial recognition camera for online virtual selling and emotional cognition training. 

The off-campus selling service provided by AUTDOOR ensures authentic and intensive training and can effectively develop the social skills and self-confidence of children with autism. Most importantly, AUTDOOR provides an opportunity for the public to understand autism, changes the social stereotypes towards autistic people, and thus contributes to building an inclusive society. 

Wong Ho Ting

I am a graduate of design major, focusing on sustainable design, upcycling design, and social design.

Born in Hong Kong, I graduated in 2021 with a degree in Product Design from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Then I have decided to further my study at the Faculty of Education of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, aiming to become a Visual Art teacher.

As a graduate of the School of Design and a prospective teacher, I hope to cultivate the next generation with innovative and critical thinking skills, and at the same time, make students interested in design. 

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OPRO 

OPRO is the first open-source smart robot car for STEMP maker education, designed to enhance the understanding of P.4 - S.3 students about the product design process. It provides a level-based (primary, intermediate, and advanced) hands-on learning experience for students to create OPRO smart car designs with both functions and appearance. It is a new creative learning experience that enhances students’ STEM learning outcomes and effectiveness. Most importantly, it can make students more interested in STEM and product design.

Wong Chi Yin 

I am Zenas Wong, a fresh graduate from the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Throughout the four years at PolyU, I have acquired professional design ability and formed unique insights on product design, which is the most valuable gain in my study life. 

For me, design is like holding a magnifying glass searching for all kinds of problems in life. I enjoy this process. These problems are like stepping stones, which will help me understand users' needs and create a better design to solve the difficulties the users have experienced in life. I will continue to uphold this positive attitude and create a better future with my creativity and design in my future career. 

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DINAMIC

Natural disasters have become a major global climate problem, and global warming and urbanization have intensified their frequency and destructiveness. The increase in population and building density caused by urbanization will make cities more vulnerable to disasters. 

Floods have become the most common and devastating disaster. Every coastal island in the world is at great risk of flood damage. 

DINAMIC (DUPLEXITY DYNAMIC) is a flood rescue drone that provides mobility in the air or on the water to perform different rescue missions. It can also reduce the time wasted in the rescue process and ensure the safety of rescue workers. Victims are not the only groups that we need to take care of when disaster happens. Rescuers also face difficulties and safety issues while caring for the safety of others. When rescue boats cannot work properly due to high urban density caused by urbanization, rescue workers often need to go into the water, which will lead to problems such as slow walking speed, decreasing rescue speed, and invisible and unexpected dangers underwater. 

Why DINAMIC? DINAMIC can replace manpower in performing various tasks. It is equipped with advanced technology for searching and rescuing victims to improve rescue efficiency and reduce the time rescuers spend underwater to ensure their safety. DINAMIC also provides AR goggles that allow rescuers to know environmental data and conditions, making them more aware of underwater dangers. 

Chan Tan Ni, Daniel 
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POD 

WHAT IT DOES

POD is a multi-purpose piece of furniture that can be used as a bench at home. However, during a flood, it can be transformed into a lifeboat within a minute which can serve as a means of transportation for saving life. 

MY INSPIRATION

Global warming has led to a surge in floods and storms, resulting in severe casualties and economic losses. The low/middle-income countries are the most affected areas due to a lack of necessary infrastructure. Therefore, POD must be an affordable life-saving product. The name of POD comes from the pod, a pivotal part of a plant that can protect the seeds and move them to safe zones. These features echo my design. 

HOW IT WORKS

POD is designed for people in low-income areas who face superstorms and flooding more frequently. POD uses lightweight, low-cost and durable materials for its hull. Its foldable properties significantly reduce the volume before assembly, which has reduced the cost of transportation and inventory (The surface area of the PP sheet can be reduced to one-third after folding, from 3m x 1m to 1m x 1m). The simple structure can be assembled by users, saving the assembly resources of the manufacturer. The POD's interior provides storage space for life jackets, first aid kits, and two paddles that one or two people can use. 

HOW IT IS DIFFERENT

POD is unusual because it is a versatile piece of furniture for everyday life that is affordable and easy to repair. Any damage to POD can be noticed and fixed in time during daily use (bench mode) to avoid the situation that POD cannot be used when in crisis. 

Lo Kin Pan

Hi, I am Pan.
I am an Industrial Designer who focuses on designing technology products and graduated from Product Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2018.

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Airluna

Airluna has a unique appeal as both a lighting device and a safe, convenient and efficient air purifier. It is equipped with the patented technology, PACONANOTECHTM, jointly developed with the City University of Hong Kong. Airluna can eliminate bacteria, viruses (99.9% novel coronavirus), volatile organic compounds (VOC), molds, and odor effectively and convert them into harmless substances. PACO PRO filter has a life expectancy of 10 years. Airluna's unique look and minimalist design can also add a stylish touch to any interior design.

ASA Innovation & Technology Ltd

ASA Innovation & Technology Ltd (ASA), co-founded by designer Mui Kinoshita and engineer Anthony Huen, aims to provide diversified air purification schemes for all social strata. Airluna, the world’s first purifying lamp, is an excellent example of ASA's successful products. Before launching its products, ASA already stood out in numerous entrepreneurship competitions and start-up support programs.

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Violet & Libue

Violet is an all-age friendly toilet with a health tracking handle for preventive care. It is the second-generation design of Libue, the final year PolyU design project developed by one of the founders, Emily Tang. Built with three configurations - basic, handles, and transfer bench, it enables the users to easily switch out the seat and lid module to make the toilet experience safer for anyone with limited mobility. The transfer bench module enables wheelchair users to move safely to the toilet, even in a small space. Violet aims to reduce the renovation costs for accessible and safe bathrooms and provides an all-in-one solution for users with different abilities who live together. It is also equipped with the technology to track users’ heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, and body temperature, ensuring daily and consistent health recording and feedback, useful for preventive or immediate care.

Studio Doozy

Studio Doozy is a healthcare and lifestyle design & technology consultancy based in Hong Kong. Founded by Emily Tang and Joan Calduch, the studio focuses on building experiences to provide equal opportunity for anyone to age with pleasure and dignity. At Doozy, we work from a bottoms-up approach, engaging the end-users throughout the design process to create human-centered and all-inclusive solutions.

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Lify Wellness personalized wellness beverage experience 

LIFY Wellness is the world’s first Smart Wellness Ecosystem. It includes our patented award-winning smart herbal brewer, proprietary herbal discs made of 100% natural ingredients filled with wellness formulations, and Lify APP that recommends tailor-made herbal healthy drinks based on users’ body conditions. 

Lify Smart Herbal Brewer delivers fresh wellness drinks in less than one minute by applying the optimal temperature, infusion time, and brewing pressure custom-made to each herbal blend. The proprietary Herbal Discs are also eco-friendly, made of bio-material, which allows 100% decomposition. Each Herbal Disc contains scientifically-curated blends of natural herbs from certified farms and suppliers and is individually packed and sealed for freshness in Hong Kong. The newly launched all-natural, sugar-free Sparkling Tea Tonics come in 4 flavors and are 100% made in Hong Kong, catering to the busy lifestyle of urban dwellers. 

Lify Company Limited 

Lify Company Limited is an innovative wellness technology company that combines herbal wisdom from the east and west with technology to provide creative and healthy beverage solutions. It aims to offer an innovative and personalized healthy beverage experience for global consumers. 

Mazing and Connie, two vigorous and innovative female entrepreneurs, founded this company. They have been developing user-centered daily wellness products by integrating design, innovation, and technology with their experience and global vision on emerging needs for a healthy lifestyle. Mazing has 11 years of brand management experience, and Connie is an award-winning design-preneur. Both of them have founded several ventures before nurturing this start-up since 2018. 

LIFY Wellness has been recognized by 10 international awards, including Hong Kong Information and Communication Technology: Smart Living (Smart Home) Gold Award, GOOD DESIGN, A’Design Awards, IDA Awards, A&D Trophy Awards, European Product Design Award, and German Design Award 2020. The company has received angel funding from investors and is expanding into international markets in 2022.

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HKCSS Care Food artistic interpretation

An artistic interpretation by social designer Kay Chan.

"Care Food" is made with soft and easy-to-chew textures via various cooking and processing methods to meet the needs of people with dysphagia. However, "Care Food" is not exclusive to people with dysphagia. You and I may also need to eat foods that are easier to chew due to illness or dental problems. 

Exhibit 1: Solid Food
Food can be pressed through table utensils, and the reflective shapes generally represent certain food levels. 

Exhibit 2: Drink
Drinks can be categorized into various drinking levels by observing the condition of the drink through the dripping principle of the designated syringe. 

Disclaimer:
All the exhibits are for display only, and they are not related to any authentic food and drink testing methods or any modified texture level of Care Food. HKCSS Care Food makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of this information and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in the contents of this information. 

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS)

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), a federation of non-governmental social service organizations, was founded in 1947. With assistance from over 490 agency members, HKCSS has been dedicated to providing quality social welfare services to Hong Kong people through their diversified service units.

In 2017, HKCSS started the “Care Food” campaign and set up the “Care Food Task Force” in 2020. We seek professional advice and guidance from representatives in academic, healthcare, social welfare, and business sectors regarding drafting the localized “Care Food Standard Guidelines” and the future development of the entire “Care Food” project. We regularly organize industry sharing sessions and public activities, such as the Food Pavilion at Gerontech and Innovation Expo cum Summit and Care Food Cooking Competition, to promote the “Care Food” project and educate the public. We have also launched the “Care Food” website to provide diverse information and diet plans about “Care Food”. In terms of policy advocacy, we will continue to collect the voices of the industry and convey their views to the relevant stakeholders.

The Designer: Kay Chan Wan Ki

Kay Chan Wan Ki graduated from the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University majoring in industrial design in 2009. Currently a product designer specialising in sustainable design, she takes part in art and design projects that promote community and environmental inclusion. Major projects are Cultural Backyard at Mody Road Garden for “City Dress Up: Seats.Together” (2017) and Tsuen Wan Yi Pei Square Playground as part of “Play is for the People” by Design Trust Futures Studio (2018). She also participated various local and overseas joint exhibitions, including “Design Co-CAMP”, “DXHK Bangkok Design Week”, “Hong Kong x ASM Community”, “Revive: Salted Fish”, “DMY International Design Festival Berlin”, etc. Cultural Backyard at Mody Road Garden was awarded “DFA Design for Asia Awards 2018- Merit Awards” and “Revive: Salted Fish” was awarded “Asia Design Prize 2021- Gold Winner”.

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Boombottle

This project kickstarted my upcycling journey. Boombottle is a speaker system made from a plastic waste container. It is a portable speaker with a rugged and lightweight body thanks to the soundbox made from a plastic bottle. It is equipped with two speakers on both sides and an LED light to provide an immersive music experience and create a glow-in-the-dark vibe at night, making it a perfect tool for playing music outdoors. 

Kevin Cheung

Kevin graduated from the School of Design (Product Design), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has devoted himself to developing Upcycling products and raising public awareness of environmental protection through various channels. He believes that designers have the ability and obligation to protect the environment and balance between the eco-system, economy and society in a sustainable manner for the benefit of society. He is adept at turning waste into attractive and durable artworks and products.

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Chess for All

Many of the visually impaired (VI) often face social exclusion and restriction of their rights. The Public Design Lab invented a new set of Chinese chess to cater to the social needs of the VI and to encourage them to play chess with other people. As is indicated in its Chinese slogan “對弈.共融”, Chess.* aims to promote an inclusive society, eliminate discrimination and assist the VI to be independent. It enhances more multi-cultural and social communications between the VI and other people. Chess.* consists of a newly invented tactile system that overcomes the limitations of conventional Braille and language and cultural differences. It fits the ergonomic requirements and helps the VI distinguish, read, locate and move chess pieces. The specially designed chessboard assists the VI to safely and conveniently store and carry the chess set to different places. It makes it easier for the VI, who speak different dialects and languages, to learn and pla y chess. Chess.* consists of different module components and has a low production cost. It has won numerous grand design awards. It has been set as the national standard and official design for international chess competitions for the blind.

PolyU Public Design Lab - Prof Michael Siu 

Public Design Lab, established in May 2007, seeks to promote public design and serve the changing urban needs. It is the first-ever Public Design Lab that strikes a balance between basic research and applied design research. The lab collaborates with various government departments, universities, research units, NGOs, and communities to develop research and design projects and promotes participatory research, FlexiDesign, and interdisciplinary studies. We believe that public spaces and designs should be accessible to all, including deprived persons and those with special needs. 

Key goals and objectives:

  • To explore the relationship between public design and sustainability;
  • To explore the relationship between public design and inclusiveness;
  • To explore public facilities for persons with special needs;
  • To explore users’ involvement in sustainable urban development and public design;
  • To explore the relationship between the design of street leisure facilities and daily street life;
  • To explore new design directions for health in the public environment.

Design Development

Special thanks to Bun Hoi Industry Limited for production sponsorship in 2009/10.

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MiC Expandable Housing

The local building industry in Hong Kong has just commenced adopting the technology of Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) to meet urgent social needs and transformation of the construction industry to a modern era. This versatile MiC building system prototype aims to solve various problems regarding implementing MiC in Hong Kong. It is flexible enough to meet different accommodation needs, functional configurations, and terrain constraints. As a time- and cost-efficient low-rise structural and building system, it is also fully relocatable, reusable, and compliant to local building regulations. The expected service life of the modules was estimated to be not less than 50 years and could be deployed at least six times. This proposed building system optimized buildability, material sustainability, and full reusability and is expected to create an inclusive, safe and sustainable living environment for the benefit of society.

PolyU Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation
Chinese National Engineering Research Centre for Steel Construction (Hong Kong Branch), The Hong Kong 
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Biomega EV prototype

EV, the creation of Biomega, a Hong Kong-based startup, is a fashionable, affordable, fully electric vehicle with a modular carbon-fibre body and an uncluttered interior. Its body shell is made from lightweight composites (including carbon fiber) and aluminum cross beams with a one-piece transparent roof and windshield. Large open windows on the side are expected to create a sense of openness and make a compact vehicle roomy and comfortable. The needs of a typical small city family are also fully considered, as can be told from the exterior and interior design aiming for achieving maximum comfort and maneuverability. The vehicle is built with a composite-based structure which allows for a low deformation factor upon impact. By externalizing several components (for example, the motors are contained within the wheels) and limiting the number of moving parts, the number of parts that may impact the passengers has also been reduced.

We aim to develop a structure based on innovative carbon-fiber technology that can join pre-molded segments to form large side panels. This method guarantees faster production and lower cost while allowing lightweight composites to be used in a mass-produced vehicle. The production of EV cars will begin in 2022-2023, and the delivery will start in 2024.

Biomega

Biomega has brought together a group of talented experts across the globe, seeking to create a paradigm shift in transportation. We aspire to design an EV car that represents the frontier of new mobility.

In 2018, we launched our first four-wheel EV in Shanghai – a compact four-passenger electric vehicle for urban use with an electric motor on each wheel. This vehicle displays the company's social innovation and design thinking. Our mission is to help reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to a greener future with our fully electric vehicle. The EV's shape is influenced by its Scandinavian identity, focusing on an uncluttered interior and functional aesthetics.

Our hybrid team delivered a three-tier mobility platform consisting of:

  • The iconically designed electric vehicle with a Nordic design edge
  • A suite of managed services for vehicle owners
  • A digital sharing and monetisation platform.
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Modular Hospital

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Above: Rendering Model of ATHENA Ⅲ Negative-pressure Isolation Ward
Below: Rendering Model of VENUS Negative-pressure Isolation Cubicle 

ATHENA III

ATHENA Ⅲ is a MiC 6-beds Negative-pressure Isolation Ward designed and developed by China State Construction Int'l Medical Industry Development Co. Ltd.in accordance with Hong Kong’s permanent building standards and smart hospital concept.

It consists of 3 MiC modules, including anteroom, ward and sanitary suite. The air pressure difference meets the Negative Pressure Isolation Ward Standard of Hong Kong Infectious Disease Hospital. The airtightness fulfills the requirements of ASTM E779-10 Standard. Fresh air exchange rate reaches 12ACH; It is equipped with H14 HEPA high-efficiency filtration system, with a filtration efficiency not less than 99.995 % and expandable bed head panels. It is also equipped with the two-pipes drainage system W-trap.

The product is suitable for permanent hospitals which need to be built quickly and outdoor temporary medical facilities with high infection control requirements. It can be widely used in scenarios with major infectious disease prevention and control needs, such as public health emergencies, emergency rescue support, field works, earthquake relief, and other scenarios.

Safe, reliable, user-friendly and effective in preventing cross-contamination, they are quick to install, reusable, customisable, green and low carbon, easy to use, simple to maintain and highly intelligent.

It was once used in the Central Government-Funded North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre (the second of the three major projects funded by the Central Government of PRC in the fight against the epidemic in Hong Kong). 

VENUS

VENUS is an indoor Negative-pressure Isolation Cubicle researched and developed by China State Construction Int'l Medical Industry Development Co. Ltd. based on the DfMA method and the concept of a smart hospital.

The negative pressure design of Venus fulfils WHO’s requirements, and airtightness meets the ASTM E779-10 Standard. The fresh air exchange rate reaches 12ACH. The Cubicle is equipped with an H14 HEPA high-efficiency filtration system and expandable bed head panel. Adopting prefabricated curtain wall units that fully considers ergonomics, the installation can be completed manually within 3 hours.

The product is suitable for indoor venues with air-conditioning systems and can be widely used in scenarios that require the prevention and control of infectious diseases, such as public health emergencies, emergency rescue support, earthquake relief.

The product is safe and reliable and meets the needs of users. It can effectively prevent cross-infection and quickly relieve the shortage of medical resources in the epidemic area. Meanwhile, it is quick to install, reusable, customisable, green and low carbon, easy to maintain and highly intelligent.

It was once used in the Central Government-Funded community treatment facility in Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo (one of the three major projects funded by the Central Government of PRC in the fight against the epidemic in Hong Kong). 

China State Construction Int'l Medical Industry Development Co. Ltd. 

China State Construction Int'l Medical Industry Development Co. Ltd. (“CSIM”) is a subsidiary of China State Construction International Holdings Limited, whose parent company is China Overseas Holdings Limited. Based on its international medical construction and operation resources, systems, standards and experience, CSIM is dedicated to building high-quality, high-standard EPCO (Engineering-Procurement-Construction-Operation) medical and recreational project construction and operation. We provide our clients with one-stop services covering the entire lifecycle of international medical and healthcare projects, including investment, medical planning, design, procurement, construction, operation, training and consultation. CSIM is committed to building products that cover the whole age of life and health care, establishing a health-centric business model, building healthy cities and helping to build a healthy China. 

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Fish embryo-based toxicity testing technology artistic interpretation

Outlook of the exhibit and screenshots from microscopic recording displaying inside the exhibit

Artistic representation of microscopic view fish embryo-based toxicity testing technology hologram

Negative result for Zebrafish embryo testing for acute toxicants under microscopic view

Bleaching of Zebrafish skin pigment demonstrates effective whitening result for tested whitening product sample

Vitargent genetically modified the medaka with jellyfish DNA so they glow fluorescent green when exposed to Estrogenic Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. The stronger the chemicals, the brighter they glow. 

Vitargent (International) Biotechnology Limited

With nearly 15 years of biotechnology research and development and achievement by the co-founders, Vitargent commercialised the technology in 2010 with the vision of “Smarter Testing, Safer Products, Better World”. We are a pioneer in the field of applying fish embryo-based toxicity testing technology to ensure product safety. We are the proud winners of the Grand Prix at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (2015). We are backed by 10+ institutional investors. With hands-on guidance from our world-renowned Scientific and Business Advisory Boards, we combine technological expertise with social responsibility. We aid manufacturers to improve product safety and enhance consumers’ confidence in making safer purchases. We have served over 50+ top-notch testing organisations, governments, research institutes, major international skincare and cosmetics companies and catering groups around the world. With the firm support of these entities, we are working towards incorporating the technology into regional and international safety standards. 

About Test-it™

Test-it™ is the consumer information product safety platform under Vitargent, the world’s first with Testing 2.0 bio-testing technology. It provides information for consumers to access in everyday lives. Find out more by visiting us at www.fishqc.com. 

Special thanks to Splash Creative (HK) Limited for the concept realization support  

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Low-cost handheld device for decentralised virus detection

Prof. YIP Shea Ping and Dr. LEE Ming Hung Thomas at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) started developing gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for simple, fast, sensitive, specific, and inexpensive nucleic acid testing in 2014 (with financial support by the General Research Fund of the Research Grants Council). The first-generation assay platform utilized disposable hand warmer content for LAMP reaction temperature control. In 2017, there were 2 major advancements, including new gold nanoparticle-based sensing method (negative result as red dispersion and positive result as red precipitate) as well as simple and low-cost prototype device for real-time monitoring (device built by an undergraduate student). Since then, we collaborated with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department's Veterinary Laboratory Division for avian influenza virus detection (device built by the Industrial Centre at PolyU). Starting in 2020 with the financial support by the Health and Medical Research Fund, the project team (with new members of Dr. SIU Kit Hang Gilman and Dr. HUANG Chien Ling at PolyU, Dr. FUNG Sau Chun Kitty at United Christian Hospital, Dr. LAM Yiu Wing Jimmy at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, and Dr. JONG Kwok Kwan at Department of Health) has been using the assay platform for COVID-19 testing. The goal is to achieve rapid COVID-19 screening in decentralized settings such as airports, quarantine centers/hotels, and private clinics. 

Caption: Gold nanoparticle-based loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for COVID-19 testing; (left tube): negative result; (right tube): positive result. 

Disposable hand warmer content for simple temperature control for loop-mediated isothermal amplification. 

Prototype device built by a PolyU Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student (Fu Lok Tin) for his final year project. 

COVID-19 testing device (built by PolyU Industrial Centre) for real-time monitoring of gold nanoparticle-based loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay. The data are wirelessly sent to a smartphone for analysis and result display.  

Smartphone interface for COVID-19 testing device. Samples with different SARS-CoV-2 RNA copy numbers were tested (0, 10, 100, and 1000). 

PolyU Health Technology and Informatics - Prof. Shea Ping Yip and his team, PolyU
Biomedical Engineering - Dr. Thomas Ming Hung Lee 

Project Leader:

Prof. YIP Shea Ping (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Professor and Head) 

Project Members:       

Dr. LEE Ming Hung Thomas (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Professor and Associate Head (Academic))
Dr. SIU Kit Hang Gilman (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Associate Professor)
Dr. HUANG Chien Ling (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Assistant Professor)
Dr. FUNG Sau Chun Kitty (United Christian Hospital, Department of Pathology, Consultant Microbiologist)
Dr. LAM Yiu Wing Jimmy (Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Department of Clinical Pathology, Associate Consultant)
Dr. JONG Kwok Kwan (Department of Health, Centre for Health Protection, Public Health Laboratory Services, Head) 

Team Members:         

Dr. WANG Shiyao (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Engineering, PhD graduate)
Dr. LUO Shumeng (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Postdoctoral Fellow)
Mr. MENG Fei (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Research Associate)
Mr. NWOKEDI Moses Tolulope (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, Research Associate)
Dr. QIN Ailin (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, PhD graduate)
Mr. FU Lok Tin (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, BSc graduate)
Mr. CHAN Yu Keung Henry (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Industrial Centre, Engineering Manager)  

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A Geo-phylogenetic Database for COVID-19 in Hong Kong 

With the support by the Health and Medical Research Fund in 2020, the rapid sequencing technique developed by Dr. Gilman Kit Hang SIU, Associate Professor of PolyU’s Department of Health Technology and Informatics has played an important role in identifying and stopping transmission chains of COVID-19 in Hong Kong. His work has provided scientific support for the Government’s anti-pandemic measures. 

Identifying transmission chains

During the first wave of COVID-19, Dr Siu used whole viral genome sequencing to identify the source patient of the Buddha worship hall super-spreader event. His work demonstrated for the first time that an asymptomatic carrier of SARS-CoV-2 could be the source of a community outbreak. It highlighted the importance of testing all close contacts of a COVID-19 case, regardless of whether they had symptoms.

In April 2021, Dr Siu used phylogenomic analysis to identify the transmission link between Filipino domestic helpers and an Indian businessman who had travelled from Dubai and tested positive for a variant of concern. His work enabled the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), under the Department of Health, HKSAR Government, to trace the entire transmission chain and their close contacts, preventing the further spread of this variant in the community.

Later in June 2021, Dr Siu’s research team uncovered the first local case of the Delta variant and showed the case was likely infected by inbound travellers from Indonesia. The team reported its sequencing analysis to CHP, enabling it to identify the source of infection. 

Closing loopholes

In the summer of 2020, Dr Siu identified a new SARS-CoV-2 lineage in multiple local cases with a viral genome identical to that found in aircrew and sailors, who were exempt from compulsory quarantine. The Government subsequently suspended the practice of allowing unrestricted crew changes in Hong Kong. During Hong Kong’s fourth wave of COVID-19, Dr Siu’s research showed that locally acquired cases were phylogenetically more closely related to cases imported from Nepal in September and October 2020. His findings highlighted flaws in hotel quarantine arrangements, under which travellers could still receive visitors. The Government later adopted the policy that inbound travellers should be quarantined at designated hotels and not be allowed visitors. 

Investigating hospital outbreaks

In December 2020, the United Christian Hospital experienced a large outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in a palliative care and medicine ward. Later in January 2021, two healthcare workers from North District Hospital tested positive after taking care of COVID-19 patients. In both cases, Dr Siu conducted genome analysis, enabling the hospitals to trace the transmission chain and prevent further cases. 

Image caption: screen shot from Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Epidemiology map animated presentation built by Dr. Siu’s team 

PolyU Health Technology and Informatics - Dr. Gilman Kit Hang Siu and his team

Project Leader:   

Dr. Gilman Kit Hang SIU (蕭傑恒), Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU 

Team members:   

Mr. Eddie Lam Kwong LEE, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Mr. Jake Siu Lun LEUNG, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Dr. Kenneth Siu Sing LEUNG, Department of Microbiology, HKU
Mr. Ivan Tak Fai WONG, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Mr. Timothy Ting-Leung NG, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Ms. Hazel Wing Hei LO, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Mr. Keru LU, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Ms. Hiu Yin LAO, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Ms. Chloe Toi Mei CHAN, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Dr. Kingsley King Gee TAM, Department of Microbiology, HKU
Ms. Stephanie Hoi Ching JIM, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Dr. Annie Wing Tung LEE, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Mr. Chala Galata, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Ms. Lee ZHU, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU

Collaborators:

Dr. Wing Chi CHAN, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, PolyU
Prof. Yanxiang ZHAO, Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, PolyU
Dr. Raymond Wai Man Lai, Prince of Wales Hospital
Dr. Tak Lun QUE, Tuen Mun Hospital
Dr. Kitty Sau Chun FUNG, United Christian Hospital
Dr. Wing Kin TO, Princess Margaret Hospital
Dr. Jimmy Yiu Wing LAM, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital  

Design Development

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Tram Rejuvenated 

Over the past 12 years, PolyU has resorted to cultural strategies and creative approaches to rejuvenating urban systems. Relevant teaching and researching activities have long been conducted in the School of Design. In Detour Matters 2013, our team has accomplished something unprecedented: we transformed four trams into different venues, including a mobile library, Black Box immersive experience, a mobile stage, and a community dining hall. In 2018, our research and design team established Circus. This tram start-up aims to change the current mode of transportation operation and experiment with cultural industry content and community participation to present the future possibilities of the trams with a history of more than 100 years. 

Image caption:
4 converted DETOUR trams in operation during DETOUR 2013
Left to right, above to below: DETOUR Classroom, DETOUR In The Dark, DETOUR Dining and DETOUR Music Cox

(Image courtesy of Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation) 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design 

PolyU Design has been an important hub of design education and research for Hong Kong since 1964. The School is leading in Asia and 20th globally on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) art and design rankings in 2021. Academic programmes are offered at bachelor, master, and doctoral levels in highly diverse design expertise including Product Design, Information Design, Advertising Design, Media Design, Interior Design, Environmental Design, Social Design, Service Design, Interaction Design, Innovative Business Design, Intelligent Systems Design, Smart Services Design and Transitional Environments Design. 

The School provides a well-equipped teaching and learning environment in the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, a landmark building designed by the late Zaha Hadid.  

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Irrigate Flow 

In the same place and with the same irrigate flow, people gather their basic life necessities from the market.

Across different eras and social changes, its role of cultivating people remains unchanged.

It never stops irrigating the city and keeps running into the incessant flow of life.

It thus became a constant stream of irrigation.

Irrigate flow takes irrigation of the land as its core concept.

It has drawn on the basic information from Designing Central and has been adjusted into a dynamic vision.

It displays the irrigation energy with different river flows and represents the new freshwater flowing into the Central Market from the sky. 

Dimension Plus 

Dimension Plus, a bi-cities base New Media Arts team founded by new media artist Keith Lam (Hong Kong) and curator Escher Tsai (Taiwan) at 2009 focusing on art creation and arts and cultural activities, and promoting new media art education and exchange.

The team has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, including the opening exhibition, “Encounter in a Lifetime-Toyo Ito” at the National Taichung Theater, “Nuit Blanche” in Taipei, “Design Fab Lab” at Design Week in Kaohsiung, “ART FAB LAB” at K11 and the “Pier-2 Art Center” in Hong Kong, “A N D Taiwan Art and Technology Centre”, “Design For/The Future”, “Shenzhen New Media Art Festival”, “Sensory Canvas” and at Ming Contemporary Art Museum, and "Design Time", etc. We also organise workshops and seminars to promote public education and international exchange on new media art.

Dimension Plus has been awarded in numerous art and design festival including the Best Design of the Year of Taiwan Golden Pin Design Award (Two Design of the Year Awards in 2018), Best Gold of Macau Design Award (Macau Design Award of Best Goad in 2017), Tokyo TDC, Asia Digital Arts Awards Japan, Design for Asia Award Hong Kong etc. Dimension Plus has also been invited to exhibit at festivals around the world, including the Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibition, MOCA Taipei , Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, SXSW and Ars Electronica Festival, the laureate of new media art.

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A scrap aluminium cans "Moon"

This "moon" is made from scrap aluminium cans and some other discarded metals, and then cast different uneven textures on the surface manually to simulate the appearance of the moon that we can always see from our head up. At the night time, there will be special lighting to simulate the effect from the full moon to the lack of the moon. If you observe with a little imagination carefully, you may find the crater faintly, maybe you can also found Chang'e, jade rabbit, laurel, or astronauts landing on the moon...

There are many things will be still lasting even after you are gone. Including the unchanging moon, and the "long last" waste. It turns out that we who are watching at this moment are passers-by.

Note: The lighting effect is from 6pm to 10pm every day

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Ode to Joy

Theoretically, when the hour hand moves to one o'clock, there would not have much meaning to you from the other scales on the clock. It is because showing "this moment" is a more important use of the clock. In fact, the other scales on the clock can be reached by the hour hand, if you are willing to continue to wind the clock.

We have chosen 15 daily necessities and kept exploring, making small changes and adjustments on them, trying to extract the hidden qualities of these objects. As a result, they can find the right tones and compose the first sentence of Beethoven’s "Ode to Joy."

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