27 Jun 2019
New Designers - a preview
A group of final-year students from Loughborough Design School have been selected to showcase their products at the annual New Designers show in London.
Products featuring from Design School students this year include a device to assist with emergency labour, a smart prosthetic to improve post-amputation physiotherapy, and an ecosystem designed to help people ‘switch off’ from their smartphone.
Also displaying her product will be Claire Thompson, who has created a reusable pregnancy test and fertility monitor called Cycle.
Not only does it combat the cost on women using them, but also the environmental impact of single-use tests.
It works by inserting biodegradable pregnancy and ovulation strips into the device and is supported by an app which provides insightful data for the user.
Claire was recently presented with the top Enterprise Award at the Design Degree Show – judged by representatives from Dyson, Joseph Joseph and DCA - and she also won the Design School’s student vote for who should attend New Designers.
Industrial Design and Technology student Harry Moorman has been picked for his innovative design which empowers glaucoma patients to self-administer their own medication with greater ease and accuracy.
Glaucoma is a disease which, if poorly managed, can lead to worsening of the condition and irreversible blindness. Harry's product ‘Drop’ allows users to easily position the device above their eye with a forehead grip to aid stability and by squeezing the device, a regulation-sized drop will fall onto the ocular surface.
‘Alarmclock’ by Hannah Rayner aims to tackle the issue of households which do not check their smoke detectors on a regular basis.
Around 10% of UK householders don’t have a working smoke detector, and only 7% test their alarms once a week as recommended by the UK’s fire service.
On appearance, the product looks like any other clock. However, every seven days, the glass on the clock face goes opaque, meaning the user can no longer check the time.
The solution? The user pulls a tab attached to the clock to clear the glass, which simultaneously tests the smoke alarm and any others connected to it in the home.
Profiles of each final-year Design student who showcased their product at this year’s Degree Show are available to view online here.
More information about New Designers can be found on their website.