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Chen You Chien

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Interview with Food Delivery Personnel: CASE 1

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Who: Mr.Liu

    Position: Chinese Restaurant Delivery


    1. Do you own the bike you are using for delivery? A: Yes, I own the bicycle. Restaurant does not provide one.

    2. Why do a lot of delivery bicycle have plastic bag covered seat and frame? A: There are two reasons why those bicycles are covered in plastic bag. First reason is to protect brake cable located on the frame because people usually put chain lock around the frame and the chain lock might damage the cable and affact brake performance. Second reason is to camouflage and disguise the bike and its details from being recognized by original owners

    3. Are you saying that your bike is a stolen bike? A: Yes, we bought our bicycles from "second hand" sellers for cheap price. These bicycles can worth from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars when bought brand new from their previous owners.

    4. Do you wear helmet when riding bicycle? A: I have helmet but I don't really wear it especially during summer time because it is just too hot.

    5. Do you find it dangerous not to wear helmet? A: I always ride with caution.

    6. Do you use front and back light during night delivery? A: I have those light also but it is just too much trouble placing them on bicycle so I leave them at home. Some who use them are mostly American and Mexican. (Directly quote from Mr.Liu)

    7. Do you follow traffic law when delivery food? A: ...

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  • Begging_132_

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  • A New Bike in town...or should it be New wheel?

    Environment, Industrial Design


    The company RevoPower is producing bicycle wheel that has a 12 pound motor to replace your traditional front bike wheel. This wheel will gives you 20mph over flat terrain while fuel consumption is over 100 miles per gallon. It uses a 25cc two-stroke engine driven by a series of sprockets and chains that gives you 1 HP at 7000 RPM.

    It claims that the emissions is extremely low and meets EPA and CARB regulations.

    The company hopes the bike will not only provide recreational use but also gives people another option other than pedicab and motorcycle.

    This is a video presetation of the company product RevoPower Marketing Presentation

  • Thesis Mission Statement

    Environment, Industrial Design


    My Thesis project is to promote and encourage the usage of bicycling in New York City of the target group by designing or improving existing bicycle or accessories.

  • Baby your bicycle? then give it a shelter

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    Do you worry about the safety of your bike when you lock in on sidewalk?

    Do you afraid the rain or snow might deteriate your bicycle?

    Do you wonder if your accessories on your bike might get stolen?

    well~~You can morry no more!!!--------If you live in Toronto.

    Toronto governemnt has built some very intriguing bicycle storages around some area of the city to provide a shelter for your bike for a fee of $10 dollar a month. the user will receive one key that will open the desinated locker.

    A downside i can think of is that it occupies more spaces than regular bike racks. Also, people might use the locker for storaging other things than bicycle.

    Here is the link: Bike Lockers in Toronto

  • Your Bicycle will have flat tyres no more!

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    Tyres tend to loose air overtime duo to its material and structures. Normally people have to inflate tyres once every several months and it is dirty job that will most likely get grease and dirt on hands.

    A company in Japan called Nakano Iron Works Co developed a system named "automatic air replacement device for bicycle tires" is a device that can air your tyres while you pedal.

    The innovative product works by converting the kinetic energy of the rotating wheels into the reciprocating motion of an air pump inside a hub at the center of the wheel. The compressed air is fed into the tire tube via a special hose, while appropriate air pressure is maintained by emitting surplus air from an air hole in the hose.

    The device is said to maintain appropriate air pressure in the tires as long as the bicycle is ridden at least 3 kilometers a month.

    Link to the article: A bicycle Air Hub That Completely Eliminates the Need to Pump Air into Tires

    Link to the Company website in Japanese: Nakano Iron Works Co., Ltd.

  • Bike = Better Health = Better sex?

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    There is a very interesting research I read from Science Daily regarding how changing bicycle seat from traditional one to the no-nose one relieve constant pressure in the perineal region which were believed to have cause genital numbness and less penile tactile sensation.

    The finding were conducted in a 6 month period from Ninety bicycling police officers from 5 metropolitan regions in the U.S. (Northwest, Southern, Desert West, Midwest, and Southeast). They were evaluated prior to changing seat then again after 6 month of using no-nose saddles.

    "The findings show that use of the noseless saddle resulted in a reduction in saddle contact pressure in the perineal region. There was a significant improvement in penile tactile sensation, and the number of men indicating they had not experienced genital numbness while cycling for the preceding 6 months rose from 27 percent to 82 percent using no-nose saddles. " (Quotes from Science Daily) "Use of the noseless saddle also resulted in significant increases in erectile function as assessed by the initial evaluation, but there were no significant changes noted in Rigiscan® measures, a method used to record penile rigidity while the subject sleeps. With few exceptions, bicycle police officers were able to effectively use no-nose saddles in their police work and 97 percent of officers completing the study continued to use the no-nose saddle afterward." (Quotes from Science Daily)

    This is the link to the article...

  • Fountain_132_

    Function As regards to transportation, function is the connection bridge to user. The object or system has to provide immediate availability and feedback; it has to be straight forward.

    In terms of transportation, function is to provide easier, faster, and most of time safer option to get from destination A to B. When functions are reinstated, form can start to evolve from them.

    Form/Shape/Color Form has to cooperate with function and follow, shape, organize according to the function of the object or system. After knowing what we want the object to do, we start to manipulate form into something that is most ergonomic and convent to use. Form has to provide basic understanding of what the object is and the function it embraced to. Form most of time has to meet expectation from user as to what it is, especially something that is for general public like public transportation. For example, when Segway first came out, many people didn’t know how to function it or what it is. But its wheels provide some sort of hint that this device transport people or objects around with hopefully faster and safer packages.

    Cost For system or objects that are for public use, cost might somehow be more important than form because people can withstand the ugliness or dirtiness of a subway or bus to a higher degree than something they own themselves because they are only stay in the space for a relatively short period of time. For something that is privately own, cost is important but mos...

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    *More Pictures are in the responds section of this thread.

    Area for observation

    2 W.13th Street and the corner of 13th Street and 5th Avenue

    What did you observe in the physical space?

    During the time spent in front of 2 W.13th Street building, I saw several problems that can be solve through design or through education. In the front of building there was a huge trash container full with garbage. On the corner of 5th Ave and 13th Street, there were cars double parallel parked, which blocked one of the traffic lanes.

    What did you observe in the social space/ interactions?

    The first thing I noticed when I walk out of the entrance was how many people stood in line waiting to get through the electronic gate by wiping student ID cards. Outside of the door, many cigarette butts were on the floor while smoker scatter around the entrance. The little food store across the street had a long waiting line out side of the store on to side walk. Also at the store front, a customer was sitting on a chair on the sidewalk talking to others.

    Did you observe any issues/problems in physical and social space?

    Physical Space The huge trash container that was full with garbage was not separated into recycle or regular section but stuck all together. There were also card boards on the ground either duo to careless dumping or excess of garbage. The dumpster also becomes a large obstacle when cyclists want to pass through the space between dumpsters and large truck.

    The double paral...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design