朋友 Peng You, is an innovative personal A.I. companion designed by Singapore’s Temasek Poly Product & Industrial Design student, Yong Jun Kai Xavier. 朋友 Peng You was designed by him to aid in the development of a child’s character. By encouraging and teaching the kid to care and show kindness to the companion, Xavier aims to promote such kind gestures in a child.

A child will be able to interact with 朋友 Peng You through several avenues such as patting, hugging, regularly charging it of including 朋友 Peng You in social settings. A star reward system is also set up to reward the child whenever he is kind to the companion, which can be used later on to purchase skins, or “clothes” for the companion. Xavier hopes that instilling these behaviour in a child regularly through interaction with 朋友 Peng You will become a routine to the child for him or her to use in daily life as well.

 

With such a personalised and unique shape to the companion, Xavier decided to use 3D printing with Siege to create his A.I. companion. We used our FDM printers with white PLA plastic at 200 microns to create the base of 朋友 Peng You. He later primed and post processed the 3D printing parts to make it smooth and ready for his project showcase. From the head, to the body, arms, base and charging dock, Siege 3D printed all these for him which he later assembled to form the full design. The 3D prints were also ready within a short timeline and he was able to collect it the day after he sent in his 3D print orders.

 

Additionally, Xavier also had an app interface designed to display how the star rewards system will look like online. Our children are our future and instilling such positive behaviours in them is definitely important. With a design such as Xavier’s 朋友 Peng You, the cultivation of such skills can now even be made fun. 3D printing has enabled his design to come to life, and 3D printing will even be able to further customise the companion to each child as well!