Submit your answers for following questions by the next class:

1) As mechanical engineer/industrial designer, how can we stop counterfeit activities in our society, the dark side of a design/manufacturing process? Describe your idea of an efficient way to prevent counterfeit products.

2) How do you like Professor Nagata’s anti-counterfeit lecture? Describe what part of the lecture were you impressed regarding counterfeit products and potential problems.

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14 thoughts on “HW02

  1. Anita Keo

    1) Anti-counterfeiting measure:
    Normally, when you blackout words with a black marker the words will still be visible at an angle, unless special ink was used. As such, codes can be placed on products or boxes that can then be hidden under a black ink stripe. When looked at an angle, the real product will show a code under the ink, while the fake will show nothing but the black stripe.

    2) The best part of Prof. Nagata’s presentation was when he used physical products to show us the difference between the real and the fake. Another great part was when he gave us the special card that would let us see the difference between the real and fake hologram stickers.

  2. Ezra Stabler

    1. “The Internet of Things” is a technological concept that has the potential to be implemented in many scenarios and industries, and the security sector is no different. There are many different systems in place right now without a single unifying standard. One particularly interesting segment utilizes Low Powered Wide Area Networks. These could be utilized in order to confirm the authenticity of certain items by assigning each one a unique “signature”. The item can be tracked along the supply chain and verified once it reaches the consumer. At first this would be implemented only in high end and items where authenticity is most vital. As the technology matures and the price point is reduced, it can be implemented in more and more products.

    2. The presentation was very informative. I was particularly interested in the parts of the presentation where the internal components of the real and counterfeit items were compared.

  3. Evan Snyder

    (1) Regarding anti-counterfeit measures, nanoengineering and nanotechnology could provide a number of potential improvements and applications. In the movie “Blade Runner”, a microscope is used to determine the serial number of a cloned animal, which is nano-engraved onto the cloned cells and invisible to the naked eye (see attached image). Modern laser etching affords a scale of down to 0.001 of an inch of resolution, possibly small enough to engrave near-invisible information on real products for verification. Alternatively, nanotechnology could potentially be used to embed tiny RFID chips (recently pioneered by Hitachi) and other verification and tracking mechanisms into products, at a near-invisible scale. There may be many other applications as well.

    Nano-RFID by Hitachi: http://thefutureofthings.com/3221-hitachi-develops-worlds-smallest-rfid-chip/

    Serial number on a single cell of a snake from “Blade Runner”: https://jaysanalysis.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/nano-tech-snake1.jpg

    (2) The presentation last week was especially fascinating because it provided a broader example of the alternative results and ramifications of good industrial design. If a ground-breaking and well-made product is produced by a company within specific tolerances and safety considerations, it is more likely to be counterfeited by a competing producer. I felt it was intriguing that many modern, online-centric shopping services have likely increased the accessibility of counterfeit products to consumers, who ultimately do not see the product in person before it is purchased.

  4. benjamin bannister

    I think the best way to prevent counterfeits is to run campaigns about it. I didn’t know people were copying an entire camera, and if I knew that I would be diligent in checking.

    I propose companies raise awareness of counterfeits through their website and online videos, and let consumers know what possible signs to look out for.

    In terms of security measure, I recommend a system where people are aware and know what to look for, in my case I would embed a proprietary holographic metal into the manufactured product. I would do this along with an unique etched serial number printed on the product that you can check on the manufacturer’s website to verify that you bought a certified product (like Apple does). This would also show you when you bought it and how much warranty time you have left on it, and the possible services you have for it.

  5. Joshv

    The best way to avoid counterfeit merchandise is to display a sticker that shows the company logo and prints out a bar code using invisible ink that can only be seen and scanned with an ultra violet light and ultra violet laser scanner.

  6. Joshv

    I was surprised and very informed that there were counterfeits out there that are harder to spot compared to the original merchandise. Its very important to check merchandise if its original built by the company because if not then it will not perform well and it is a safety hazard.

  7. Apples

    I was impressed by how counterfeit measures are thought of not counterfeit in itself. To understand the true idea of counterfeit we have to believe we are all counterfeit. Thank you.

  8. Victor Soto

    1) Counterfeit is a problem that’s going to last until the consequences for this action, create damages the counterfeiters profits. Since the main reason that counterfeiters do this action, it’s basically to create profit. Also, if people stop buying this items this will slowly decreased the profit of the counterfeiters and they will eventually stop creating this items. One idea to prevent counterfeit is to create an unique shape to the package of the products or the products.

    2) The presentation was very interesting because he told us a lot about counterfeit, how to prevent it, the consequences and how to determine when a item from Canon is fake or original.

  9. Marko Cibic

    1) I began brainstorming on ideas that dealt with stopping counterfeit activities in our society, and one idea that I thought of was to implement x-ray scanners when delivering a product to and from the store and factory. When thinking of this idea, I want you guys to envision an airport and think of the security system everyone must pass through before entering the plane for takeoff. The security system that you see in airports, allow the employees to look for certain things that are prohibited in an airport. I was thinking of way where we can use these x-ray scanners to check for faulty or counterfeit products when companies are delivering their product to different store locations. The way they can locate these counterfeit products is by looking at their components and comparing them to an actual product that was made by the company itself, through the scope of the x-ray. This is just an idea that I thought of on the spot, I didn’t really put a lot of time into my idea to be honest with you all.

    2) I really enjoyed Professor Nagata’s anti-counterfeit lecture, because he explained a lot about his products and where he currently works as well as what he does. He seemed like a cool dude who was really passionate about his work, I could tell he cared about his job and the people he is trying to protect. He explained how we have many counterfeit products in our society today, and it is a growing problem. Many people manufacture and produce these counterfeit products that look almost identical to the actual product that was made by a certain company. His company has found ways to spot these counterfeits and he gave us each a tool to spot these counterfeits so I am glad he has done so. I was glad to have him in the class so he could teach and explain to us what he does on a daily basis. I also enjoyed the soft drink and chips that we were given lol.

  10. Diego Alvarado

    My idea on how to limit counterfeits, is to implement an extra bar code located inside the box, and with this bar code you can go to the store website and type this hidden bar code and it will tell you where and when the piece was sold.

    I really enjoyed the advise the manager from canon gave, encouraging us to design and be very creative without using other peoples ideas, but our owns.


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