Research

Chiku Chiku Massager

Traditionally massagers are objects you keep in a drawer or under the bed. My goal was to elevate the perception and experience of this product. Inspired by Alessi, the design takes a metaphorical shape of a cactus on a pot that can elegantly be displayed on a table. Based on research, I found that most people needed to treat more than one spot of their bodies. Hence the massager integrates two massaging heads that can hit simultaneously or in intervals. To make this possible, I effectively maximized the space of the tool by incorporating a 2-direction motor and reducing the battery's size for better portability and frequency of charging.

Two-headed massage gun

Student:

Xiner Zhang

Semester:

Spring 2022

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Design Features

Research

Conceptualization

Development

What I learned

In this course, I put all my skills into practice in a project with industry requirements. I started with an aspirational brand and market research, identified problems, came up with ideas, and then continuously tested and refined those ideas using 2D and 3D sketches. The most valuable to me is that it forced me to think about how a brand would design a product, consider existing competitive products, and detail it for large-scale industrial production.