The Jacobs Innovation Catalysts Spring ’22 Grant Recipients


02/03/2022 12:00 am

Congratulations to all of the Jacobs Innovation Catalysts spring 22 grant recipients! This semester, 13 student/student groups were selected by the Jacobs Student Advisory Board to receive additional funding and support to further their projects, including four MDes Students. Learn more about the grant program and the full list of recipients on the Jacobs Innovation Catalysts news post.

MDes Students & Projects Included: 


 Jiaxuan Ren (MDes Spring ’22), Yangyang Yang

Emoshion is a biosensory virtual fashion that transforms real-time emotion data into dynamic and fluid digital clothing, reinforcing distinctive personal expression and shaping digital identity. Using a small wireless sensor, one’s instant emotional status data can be displayed as their digital clothing. Through a smart device with AR technology, the user can create online content such as social media posts and live streams wearing their Emoshion.


Kaila Negron (MDes Fall ’22), Jacob Kritzinger (MDes Fall ’22), Ramyani Roy (MDes Fall ’22)

Kube is a sensory toy created for children with autism to help overcome anxiety and optimize collaborative play and social reciprocity. Kube emerged in the fall of 2021 in the Master of Design course, Technology Design Foundations. Negron’s own experience of helping care for her 6-year-old cousin with autism during the pandemic fueled her desire to provide support to children with similar challenges. Collaboratively, the team hopes to realize a technically sound, and thoughtful solution for children with autism.