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photo of 'Note', a camera designed for people with a visual impairment created by Rob Chapman

Rob Chapman's 'Note' - a camera designed for people with visual impairments.

Students to showcase innovative creations at New Designers

A traffic detection device for horse riders, a digital camera for people with visual impairments and a product that turns plastic waste into sanitation pipes…

Fourteen final year students from the University’s Design School will be showcasing their innovative products at the UK’s most important graduate design exhibition next week.

All will be hoping to attract the attention of national and international design industry professionals at New Designers, which takes place in the Business Design Centre, Islington, from July 4-7.

The 14 exhibited their designs on campus earlier this month at the Design School’s annual degree show, which featured the work of more than 150 students. 

Luke Hannon will be at New Designers discussing IVO – a children’s IV stand he has designed that aims to reduce anxiety and improve a youngster’s hospital experience by hiding wires and taking the form of a fun, ride-on product.

Roma – a savoury smell diffuser that reminds people with dementia to eat – will be presented at the event by Emily Knott.

And Billy Searle will showcase his spherical games controller named ‘Mylo’, which aims to help people with disabilities improve their mental fitness and dexterity levels.

Pictured is Roma – a savoury smell diffuser that reminds people with dementia to eat – designed by Emily Knott.

Emily Knott's Roma. 

Other interesting products that will be exhibited by Loughborough students include an office-based Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment and symptom management device, a gadget that aims to tackle the stigma of approaching homeless people and create a secure donation process, and a creative carrier that enables blood transfusions to take place at trauma incidents.

Dean of Loughborough Design School, Professor Richard Bibb, commented: “The work that will be exhibited at New Designers exemplifies the creativity, innovation and rigour that our students have applied to a diverse range of user needs and societal problems.

“I am sure that everyone who visits our stand at New Designers be impressed by the quality of the work on show and the dedication and enthusiasm of our students.”

The University will be sharing more in-depth articles that introduce some of the students behind the designs in the run-up to New Designers.

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