Gizem Oncu-Vitalink Smart Glove

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(Excerpt) Interview with GIZEM ONCU : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. GIZEM ONCU : Since worker safety should always come first, mine conditions should not only be checked through environment sensors as in existing techniques. As a wearable smart device, VitaLink hopes to address to communicate problems in cases of emergency such as a decrease in oxygen level of blood, dramatic changes of pulse value and inactivity of miner. Also via VitaLink, it is aimed that every miner can send an emergency call directly to operator, and with the data obtained, operator can define the location of miner in order to send rescue. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. GIZEM ONCU : In the first place, I want to achive to increase awareness among society about hard working conditions in mines. Also, I believe that the health conditions of miners should be considered more important. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. GIZEM ONCU : I hope to bring into action this project because due to the mine accidents, world obliged to face dramatic results regarding human lives. Since worker safety should always come first, mine conditions should not only be checked through environment sensors as in existing techniques. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. GIZEM ONCU : It was my graduation project which lasts 5 months. it started in January 2015 in Ankara, Turkey and finished in June 2015, and was exhibited in The Culture and Convention Center of Middle East Technical University in June 2015. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. GIZEM ONCU : When I examine the control systems and measuring devices used, I have noticed that ensuring the safety of workers and the control of health conditions of miner are inadequacy in coal mines. In terms of the potential disaster and emergency scenarios, I have concluded that not enough information such as the number of miners inside and the location of them is available. I thought a product in order to bring solutions to all these problems should be designed. .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?. GIZEM ONCU : My design is not being produced or used by another company. I plan to lease the production rights. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. GIZEM ONCU : I designed this particular type of work because I wanted to deaign a product for real world problems. In addtion, day by day technology is included in our lives so I would like to use the positive impact of technology on one of the important issue. Especially after so many mine disesters happened around the world I felt very sorry about miner, and as a designer I wanted to draw attentions to this topic. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. GIZEM ONCU : This is my graduation project. Therefore, during my design process I got so many critics from my professors. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. GIZEM ONCU : The focus group includes coal miners who are face workers, overseers, technicians, engineers, rescue crew members and miner operators. They are working in extreme conditions such as 6-8 hours shift in health-endangering environment with insufficient warning systems. High humidity, narrow, dark and slippery working paths are the problematic facts about environment, which creates health problems for workers, and paves the way for mine accidents. Since the equipments are heavy and not properly fit to each miner, they limit the movement ability inside the coal mine. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. GIZEM ONCU : There is no other design like as Vitalink. Vitalink is the only smart glove design f.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with GIZEM ONCU on Vitalink Smart Glove at ]

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