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    24 Nov 2017

    HKDI Gallery presents Red Dot Design Exhibition
“Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial”
Peek into the future as technology exhibition explores innovation and impact in the digital age
    HKDI Gallery presents Red Dot Design Exhibition
“Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial”
Peek into the future as technology exhibition explores innovation and impact in the digital age
    HKDI Gallery presents Red Dot Design Exhibition
“Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial”
Peek into the future as technology exhibition explores innovation and impact in the digital age
    HKDI Gallery presents Red Dot Design Exhibition
“Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial”
Peek into the future as technology exhibition explores innovation and impact in the digital age
    HKDI Gallery presents Red Dot Design Exhibition
“Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial”
Peek into the future as technology exhibition explores innovation and impact in the digital age

    HKDI Gallery presents Red Dot Design Exhibition “Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial” Peek into the future as technology exhibition explores innovation and impact in the digital age

    (Monitoring) Data is indispensable to us. Through the collection of data on foetuses, information can be analysed and compared to create an initial diagnosis for an as-yet-unborn life. Once born, the baby depends on incubators such as the Dräger Babyleo TN500 IncuWarmer that provides premature babies with an optimal microclimate. Highly sensitive sensors facilitate constant monitoring of temperature, humidity, oxygen content, and brightness and noise levels inside the incubator
    (Monitoring) Data is indispensable to us. Through the collection of data on foetuses, information can be analysed and compared to create an initial diagnosis for an as-yet-unborn life. Once born, the baby depends on incubators such as the Dräger Babyleo TN500 IncuWarmer that provides premature babies with an optimal microclimate. Highly sensitive sensors facilitate constant monitoring of temperature, humidity, oxygen content, and brightness and noise levels inside the incubator
    (Self-Tracking) Today, about two billion people monitor their bodies by means of wearables and apps. Following the development of biometric sensors that are becoming ever smaller and more cost-effective, it is now trendy to wear gadgets equipped with health checking functions. One example of this is the Motiv Ring, a micro-fitness tracker worn on the finger that can measure activity, pulse frequency and sleep quality
    (Self-Tracking) Today, about two billion people monitor their bodies by means of wearables and apps. Following the development of biometric sensors that are becoming ever smaller and more cost-effective, it is now trendy to wear gadgets equipped with health checking functions. One example of this is the Motiv Ring, a micro-fitness tracker worn on the finger that can measure activity, pulse frequency and sleep quality
    (Analysing) Weather phenomena such as droughts, rain and storms have been closely observed for thousands of years. What is new, however, is the ability to analyse one’s very personal environment, measuring such variables as ozone values, humidity and UV radiation. Air Dragon is a mobile air sensor that detects pollutants like exhaled breath, nicotine, solvents or paint in the ambient air, and warns the user if limit values are exceeded
    (Analysing) Weather phenomena such as droughts, rain and storms have been closely observed for thousands of years. What is new, however, is the ability to analyse one’s very personal environment, measuring such variables as ozone values, humidity and UV radiation. Air Dragon is a mobile air sensor that detects pollutants like exhaled breath, nicotine, solvents or paint in the ambient air, and warns the user if limit values are exceeded
    (Measuring) With GPS satellites, aerial photographs and laser scanners, we live in a digitally mapped world. The exhibition features the optical CMM 3D scanner MetraSCAN 3D, a device capable of collecting three-dimensional measurements of buildings with absolute precision. Designed for engineers, it can not only capture ground plans, surface areas and volumes, but also generate detailed 3D views
    (Measuring) With GPS satellites, aerial photographs and laser scanners, we live in a digitally mapped world. The exhibition features the optical CMM 3D scanner MetraSCAN 3D, a device capable of collecting three-dimensional measurements of buildings with absolute precision. Designed for engineers, it can not only capture ground plans, surface areas and volumes, but also generate detailed 3D views
    (Observing) Originally developed as flying practice targets for military uses, drones are becoming more sophisticated and integrated with daily life. The Hover Camera, an autonomous minicopter fitted with a camera, can be steered via a smartphone or by hand. Integrated AI technology using face and body recognition is also employed, so that the drone is always ready to swirl around and track an object
    (Observing) Originally developed as flying practice targets for military uses, drones are becoming more sophisticated and integrated with daily life. The Hover Camera, an autonomous minicopter fitted with a camera, can be steered via a smartphone or by hand. Integrated AI technology using face and body recognition is also employed, so that the drone is always ready to swirl around and track an object
    (Touching) Touchscreens have made devices like a keyboard or mouse dispensable. They are also replacing keys, switches, buttons and regulators for household appliances, industrial machines or motor vehicles. One such device is the Signature Pad STU-540, a compact pad that offers great security when gathering handwritten signatures electronically. The tempered, anti-glare glass surface provides a smooth writing sensation and the stylus registers 1,024 pressure ranges
    (Touching) Touchscreens have made devices like a keyboard or mouse dispensable. They are also replacing keys, switches, buttons and regulators for household appliances, industrial machines or motor vehicles. One such device is the Signature Pad STU-540, a compact pad that offers great security when gathering handwritten signatures electronically. The tempered, anti-glare glass surface provides a smooth writing sensation and the stylus registers 1,024 pressure ranges
    (Optimisation) Today, human beings optimise their bodies or senses by making use of the technological possibilities available to them. Through technology, artificial components are becoming part of the natural human form. One example is the System Electric Greifer DMC VariPlus from Otto Bock. With its special arm prosthesis, it can be exchanged for a normal artificial hand and offer precise gripping functions, allowing the user to handle heavy equipment independently and confidently
    (Optimisation) Today, human beings optimise their bodies or senses by making use of the technological possibilities available to them. Through technology, artificial components are becoming part of the natural human form. One example is the System Electric Greifer DMC VariPlus from Otto Bock. With its special arm prosthesis, it can be exchanged for a normal artificial hand and offer precise gripping functions, allowing the user to handle heavy equipment independently and confidently
    New technologies such as 3D printing also make it possible to manufacture medical prostheses and orthoses based on specific body data. The Xkelet, for instance, is an orthosis for immobilising damaged bones, which is made to measure by means of 3D printing. It offers better comfort, mobility and hygiene than rigid dressings
    New technologies such as 3D printing also make it possible to manufacture medical prostheses and orthoses based on specific body data. The Xkelet, for instance, is an orthosis for immobilising damaged bones, which is made to measure by means of 3D printing. It offers better comfort, mobility and hygiene than rigid dressings
    (Interacting) Today, robots are  part of our day-to-day life. The question is how robots can be designed so they are accepted in future as a good companion of our lifestyle and working life without posing any competition or threat.

The small personal robot Pudding BeanQ is a successful example of the form that an intelligent, interactive robot can take. The robot, which was designed especially for small children, is able to play with children, teach them, or play back video chats
    (Interacting) Today, robots are part of our day-to-day life. The question is how robots can be designed so they are accepted in future as a good companion of our lifestyle and working life without posing any competition or threat. The small personal robot Pudding BeanQ is a successful example of the form that an intelligent, interactive robot can take. The robot, which was designed especially for small children, is able to play with children, teach them, or play back video chats
    (Experiencing) Whether through computer-simulated reality, computer-generated content or augmented reality, new forms of reality will bring people brand new experiences.

The Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality glasses, for example, enable users to interact with holographic objects through looking, voice or gestures.
    (Experiencing) Whether through computer-simulated reality, computer-generated content or augmented reality, new forms of reality will bring people brand new experiences. The Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality glasses, for example, enable users to interact with holographic objects through looking, voice or gestures.
    Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) (Lee Wai Lee), member institutions of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), have partnered with the world-renowned Red Dot Design Museum to launch “Homo Ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial”. From 25 November 2017 to 27 May 2018, the exhibition at HKDI Gallery will showcase Red Dot Award-winning products and innovations that highlight the impact on society brought about by technology-enabled designs.

    The exhibition was officially unveiled on Friday, 24 November during a grand opening event, which began with a Master Lecture by Founder and CEO of the Red Dot Design Award Professor Dr Peter ZEC, who presented his insight and research on technology and design.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew CHEUNG, the Guest of Honour said, “The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is committed to furthering the development of the creative industries, in particular the design sector. We believe that design thinking should become a problem-solving capability and a new way of thinking that promotes value adding and advocates inter-disciplinary collaboration. To this end, HKDI and the IVE under the VTC have played an important role in the promotion of professional design education.”

    Other guests included Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew CHEUNG, VTC Chairman Dr Clement CHEN, Consul (Administration) of Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Hong Kong Thomas WALTHER, Founder and CEO of the Red Dot Design Award Professor Dr Peter ZEC, VTC Deputy Chairman Professor Eric YIM, Executive Director Carrie YAU, and Deputy Executive Director Dr Eric LIU, Principal of HKDI & IVE (Lee Wai Lee) Dr ONG Lay-lian, President of Industrial Designers Society of Hong Kong Steve YEUNG, Honorary Secretary of Hong Kong Designers Association Eddy HUI, Partner and Friend of Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association Dr Raymond TANG, and Vice President of Makeblock Co., Ltd Kevin XU.

    In the present digital age, data is almost inherently a part of our lives, which also greatly impacts the design industry. Featuring over 150 Red Dot Award-winning technology products, the exhibition explores how design creates a new reality by marrying human factors and digital technology. When developing smart products, designers have to take into account technical functioning and the growing significance of data in addition to the human natural experience of things.

    Homo ex Data – The Natural of the Artificial (Free Admission)
    Exhibition Period: 25 November 2017 – 27 May 2018
    Opening Hours: 10am - 8pm
    (Closed on Tuesdays 3, 10 Dec 2017 & 21 Jan 2018)
    Venue: HKDI Gallery 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong (Tiu Keng Leng MTR Station Exit A2)
    Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk/hkdi_gallery
    Facebook: hkdi.gallery
    Enquiries: 3928 2566|hkdi-gallery@vtc.edu.hk


    About Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)
    Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a member of the VTC Group. HKDI was established in 2007 with the mission to be a leading provider of design education and lifelong learning. It brings together the strengths of design departments of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) to encourage synergy and interdisciplinary thinking in its broad range of design programmes. HKDI maintains a strong network with the industry and provides its students with essential practical experience enriched with cultural sensitivities and sustainability. The state-of-the-art campus in Tseung Kwan O opened in 2010 and provides a creative, inspiring and vibrant learning environment for students. Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk

    About The Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)
    The Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) is a member of the VTC Group. The nine IVE campuses are located across the city. Together they provide vocational education for secondary graduates as well as people in employment. IVE courses leading to the award of higher diploma and foundation diploma cover various academic disciplines including Applied Science; Business Administration; Childcare, Elderly and Community Services; Design; Information Technology; Engineering; as well as Hotel, Service and Tourism Studies. Website: www.ive.edu.hk

    About the HKDI Gallery
    The HKDI Gallery is dedicated to the advancement of design education in Hong Kong through the exposition of international exhibitions and contemporary issues on design. It aims to engage the design education community and the general public in a new awareness of design through the examination of the history, theory and practices of design, and from close interactive studies of the design objects themselves. The HKDI Gallery provides up to 600 square metres of exhibition space. Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk/hkdi_gallery

    About The Red Dot Design Museum Essen
    Making good design and the quality of everyday items become an experience is the purpose of the Red Dot Design Museum Essen in Germany, which can trace its origins back to 1955. Housing about 2,000 exhibits from 45 nations, it displays a comprehensive range of current product designs in the former boiler house of the Zollverein coal mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On five floors covering approximately 4,000 square metres, it presents well-designed objects which have been honoured by renowned experts in the Red Dot Design Award, one of the largest international design competitions. Every year, the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design keeps around 150,000 visitors updated about current trends, with testing of many of the exhibits explicitly allowed. Special thematic exhibitions complete this inspiring insight into the fascinating world of design. Website: www.red-dot-design-museum.org



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