Campus: San Francisco State University -- July 15, 2005
Husband, Wife Team Wins International Award For
Innovative Product Design
SFSU graduate students Dan Xiong and Feng Hao Yu reinvent hospital IV pole
An original design for a new type of hospital intravenous (IV) pole recently
won an international Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) for San Francisco
State University graduate students Dan Xiong and Feng Hao Yu.
The husband and wife team, originally from Guangzhou, China, received the bronze
medal in the student designs category for their Dyaun IV Pole. The design and
industry majors describe their invention as "a more ergonomic, functional and
user-friendly integrated IV-cart."
"[The Dyaun IV Pole] solves so many kinds of functional problems while also
enhancing the overall aesthetics," said Martin Linder, assistant professor of
design and industry. "That's the role of the industrial designer: to balance
the ergonomic issues with the appearance issues."
According to Xiong and Feng, the type of IV pole used by most hospitals has many
problems, such as difficult height adjustment and messy wires and tubes. The
couple's new IV pole design includes a simple way to organize cables and
easy-to-lock wheel brakes. A white and light gray color scheme, matted surface
and rounded edges also make the Dyaun IV Pole more aesthetically-pleasing and
easier to handle, Xiong and Feng said.
The IDEAs, sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and juried by the Industrial
Designers Society of America, is an annual contest in which product designers
are honored in 13 categories. This year's 148 winners represented such companies
as Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Nike as well as the nation's top design firms,
including IDEO and Design Continuum Inc. In total, this year's contest received
1,380 entries from 30 countries.
SFSU students won two IDEAs in 2003.
Over the years SFSU design and industry students have created countless innovations
that have received patents and been manufactured and marketed. Most notable is
Charles Hall, who in 1969 experimented with starch-and-gelatin-filled prototypes
that would later become the world's first waterbed. Other student inventions
include: the Unball, a cross between a softball and bean bag that was popular
in the 1980s; and the Hooper, a plastic harness used to carry two-liter soda
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