Playful Media Design 
for Intergenerational Families

Wearables | E-Textile | Circuit Design
2023 | Individual Project


OPLAY uses e-textiles, flexible PCB and weaving technologies to explore more accessible tangible interfaces for the elderly and children--eliminating the invisible age discrimination of high-tech products, and create more interesting intergenerational relationships and multi-sensory experiences.


Selected in Soft Robotics and Programmable Materials for Human-Computer Interaction Workshop in 2023 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS).

Presentation in 2023 New York Public Library Assistive Technology Conference.

Showed in 2023 New York Public Library Assistive Technology Faire.

ITP  Spring  Show 2023.

NYU Entrepreneurial Institute Startup Accelerator Bootcamp

Coney Island Maker Faire 2023


In East Asian countries, intergenerational families are a prevalent social phenomenon, where grandparents assume the role of primary caregivers. This results in a disconnect between traditional and emerging technologies. Many tech companies neglect to design for older adults, which leads to implicit ageism and exacerbates seniors' unfamiliarity and fear of technology. This, in turn, creates educational inequalities and intergenerational conflicts for grandchildren raised by grandparents who lack access to emerging technologies.  

To tackle this issue, I created OPLAY, a series of electronic textile interfaces that connects interactive media. By doing so, I aim to reduce seniors' fear of technology and promote the enjoyment and learning of interactive technology for both ageing people and children. OPLAY employs traditional loom technology to weave flexible PBC and e-textile into fabric circuits. These circuits leverage human bioelectricity to establish secure, wearable, and closed circuits that facilitate various interactive experiences. I recognize that colourful and soft textiles create a multisensory experience for children and are friendly materials for East Asian seniors.

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Thesis  Presentation