Framing the Future is happening this month all thanks to Sydney University graduating students of Design Computing and Interaction Design and Electronic Arts.
The student developed 42 concepts and prototypes to manage common health and lifestyle problems.
From table lamps to relieve stress, a wristband monitoring alcohol consumption, to a wearable device that protects medical staff from violent patients.
The students use technology in such an innovative way to develop ideas to revolutionise treatment of health and lifestyle problems.
These fantastic concepts and prototypes will feature in the graduation show Framing the Future, which opens the University’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning on Thursday, 24 November.
In the process of research and concept development, students found key themes of 2016 health and wellbeing problems including; ADHD, insomnia, alcohol abuse, and personal fitness.
Associate Professor in Design and Head of Design Lab at University of Sydney says, “Our students identify the needs, frustrations and desires of people to deliver design-driven technology that is innovative and intuitive to use.”
In the past decade it’s become evident we need more creative thinkers proficient in design and technology.
With the disruption of technology has brought into our lives in this day and age, its time to adapt technology to help, rather than destroy us.
Lecturer in Interaction Design and Framing the Future curator, Dr Caitlin de Berigny, says, “Our modern lifestyle is changing the way we address health problems through the use of interactive products that can be adopted in our daily lives.”
The students have identified the needs of people in our society and are fulfilling this growing demand.
Interactive technology and wearable devices have been experimented with emerging technology and may become apart of our daily lives in the future.
Some of the amazing concepts and prototypes that came out of this project include:
PulseWave – a wearable device worn by frontline medical staff vulnerable to aggressive patients. Featuring a set of sensors and microphone that detects an escalating heartbeat, external vibrations and sounds which alerts the central monitoring system.
Bourband – a wristband linked to a phone app measuring alcohol consumption. A tab is set up on the app to track drinks purchased via the wristband which bartenders scan – monitoring when the user reached their limit and the tab is cut.
LEO – a smartlamp designed to de-stress people before bed through the use of light and soothing sound allowing the person to relax and try breathing exercises which will put them to sleep.
There are many more amazing inspiring ideas and prototypes to view at Framing the Future which opens at the University of Sydney Thursday, 24 Novemeber at 6.30pm to Saturday, 26 November.
Opening times are 10am – 4pm.