(Production) Invention in the Present: OU Maker Spaces and Student Participation
Market research and physical production of PinYing using OU’s maker spaces
As artwork, the Song Dynasty and Qing Dynasty English materials challenge existing assumptions about how Chinese and English relate to one another, but to fundamentally change the relationship between the world’s two most spoken languages, Pinying must disrupt the traditional English Education Industry through entrepreneurship.
Involving students in the development of OU inventions is an important part of the commercialization process.
Student teams developed a launch plan for Pinying using a “human centered design” approach.
Marketing and development done with the help of the Ronnie K. Irani Center of the Creation of Economic Wealth provided expertise and ability to prototype some of the future models and methods of Pinying.
ICCEW provided expertise and access to professionals to create the starting points for the creation of the prototypes shown here. These prototypes became proofs of concept for the woodblock printing boxes to create the Rime Tables and the hands, the "pop block" action blocks, and the electronic chip reading and sound producing Seedling.