BioDesign the future

BioDesign the future

Week 3:Robotics, The Gantry +  Computational Biology

This week Dr. Henaff  gave a talk about several researches she participated by detecting the quantity and varieties of the microboes to speculate certain human living status(like infectious disease, life habits, environmental circumstances…). And the love at first sight might just be the affection between two clusters of bios which might be true(smell dating, the smell could be generated from the microbial metabolites ).Another thing she kept mentioned about is that the design choice which includes material and shape can make a difference to people’s future life. But how would shape make a huge difference?

And seeing from the  robot farm and the open-source CNC farming machine , it seems technology has developed into a low-profile model to produce fresh vegetables. If most people can grow food themselves in the near future, then the resource wasted and air pollution caused from food transportation can be largely reduced. Well, I have always wondering if Chloroplasts could be transplant onto human’s skin surface so that we can literally feed ourself just by lying in the sun a few hours a day…


Week 4:Rough Final Project Ideas

For final project, I want to have a  ITP home Microbiome study and turn that into AR experience.


After last week’s reading about the microbiomes I feel like my body is actually a collective property of myself and associated microbiota. And I want find out how  microbiomes(quantity,variation) make up the  ITP community and how human inhabitants can opt different types of microbes. So I plan to swab certain locations(,shop,front desk…)each week for about 6 weeks and store them in growth medium to see the growth.



The result can be editted as a quick animation so people can hold their phones  to find out ITP microbiomes.

Augmented Reality Usage Example:


Week 5:Mapping Process for Project Development

See the Invisibles 

–a  project revealing how ITPers live with microbes 



Based on some basic understanding of how microbes play an important role in our daily life from this class so far, I want to use technology to reveal how we communicates with them unintentionally. ITP is a large community and we share the whole 4th floor with each other and other organisms,including many plants and sometimes animals, and, perhaps with the greatest consequences for our health and well-being, a broad diversity of bacteria and fungi, which should offer an abundant sampling source.

The geolocation is restricted to 4th floor and I will choose 6 places for sampling(may changes): 1.sink 2.microwave 3.laser bed 4.monitor screen 5. a passive collectors of outdoor or indoor aerosols with little to no direct contact from the ITPers….(to be decided).6.refrigerator .  I will sample these locations and swab onto separated agars and document how bacterias grow, which later can be animated and played on digital devices as an overlay on reality.

Time arrange

I will spend 2 weeks for  taking the sample / doing micro detection in the lab , 1 week for 3D modeling/animation editing and 1 week for the AR testing.




I need some tools like swab sticks, agars and tech support such as using microscope to find out how these micros look like . 








WEEK 8–Questions and Time Arrange

Main Concerns:

1.Modeling and how to make the microbio model looks real on a phone(scale,texture,shader…)

2. Should I use data from Elizabeth’s subway project (saves time an more accurate) or to collect data form my own(like swabbing from Washington Park Arch).

Time Arrange:

2017.03.22—– Finalize decision

2017.03.29—–Collect microbio data

2017.04.05—–Visualize data ( e.g. 3D modeling, 2D image)

2017.04.12——Transplant model into location based AR device

2017.04.19——Troubleshoot and user testing

2017.04.26——Final Presentation I

2017.05.03——Final Presentation II



WEEK 9–Plan changing??

Alison told me that Genspace is a biosafety level 1 lab, meaning they can’t work with any pathogens. So this means I couldn’t swab a surface and streak the bacteria out on a plate because they don’t know what bacteria will grow.

So I change my plan to use data from Pathomap. And the testing location would be at the Washington Park.

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