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XCITE

CURVE

CRYO

A product range designed for watchers of live sport at home to enhance their sensorial experience by mining data from both themselves and the players they are watching.

A chair design inspired from the work of Alvar Aalto, designed to be an eye catching piece for a local design agencies reception area.

A cryotherapy device that provides an optimised recovery from soft tissue injuries. An award winning design from my final year major project at Loughborough University.


XCITE THE REVOLUTIONARY SPORTS VIEWING EXPERIENCE


01 Sketch ideation

XCITE THE REVOLUTIONARY SPORTS VIEWING EXPERIENCE

THE OPPORTUNITY Generation Z are the first to be born into an environment completely surrounded by a digital world, As a result, technology is symbioitically intertwined with every facet of their day to day lives. With the ever rising trend of wearable technology, and sensor technology progressing rapidly, the opportunity to leverage data from users and their environments will lead to product experiences becoming richer and more intelligent.

02 Scenario board

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THE BRIEF

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Moodlight response

Design a suite of 3-4 products which, enabled by data mined from wearable technologies, creates a valuable new home entertainment experience. Neutral response = white light

THE IDEA

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A product range designed for watchers of live sport at home to enhance their sensorial experience by mining data from both themselves and the players they are watching. This mined data is used to produce responses in the form of a mood light, whilst also providing haptic feedback through the use of a neck worn product to give a unique and valuable experience.

The user watches sport from the comfort of their own home.

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The wearable bracelet mines data to measure the users heart rate and skin conductance.

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The moodlight changes colour and intensity depending upon the level of emotional response of the user.

6 Calm response = blue light

LIve project work set by: 4

The product can also mine data from the actual players heart rate monitors, now worn by most professionals.

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The neck worn element contains haptic feedback motors that can be set to vibrate in sync with a specific players heart rate or in conjunction with the users emotional response.

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The wearable bracelet also allows the user to control the viewing experience using gesture control via proximity sensors.

Excited response = red light


03 Product range MOODLIGHT

NECK WORN

WRISTBAND

PRODUCT FEATURES Xcite, a product range which creates a unique home sport viewing experience by enhancing the users sensorial experience. Xcite mines heart rate and skin conductance data from the wristband component, whilst also taking data from the GPS devices worn by the athletes they are watching . This data is then used to produce a corresponding output within the neck worn component and mood light that intensifies the experience. The wristband can also be used to control the TV via gesture movements.

XCITE THE REVOLUTIONARY SPORTS VIEWING EXPERIENCE


CURVE A LVA R A A LT O I N S P I R E D C H A I R D E S I G N


CURVE A LVA R A A LT O I N S P I R E D C H A I R D E S I G N

THE PROBLEM Linfoots, a local design agency, is looking for an eye catching piece of furniture for their reception area to give the right kind of message to the public.

01 Chair design The design of the chair focused on the elaborate forms that can be produced from laminating wood.

THE BRIEF Design and manufacture a chair to be used in Linfoots reception area, to help give them an impressive first impression.

ALVAR AALTO In looking for inspiration for the design of the chair, I came across the work of Alvar Aalto. The way in which he combined a beautiful aesthetic with functionality really impressed me, and I admire the rich, varied career he had. However, it is his work in using laminated wood in his furniture design that particularly stood out for me and was something I wanted to incorporate into my design.

02 Manufacturing

The manufacturing process provided a challenge in being able to laminate layers of white ash into a complex curved form. This involved building a rig that the timber could be clamped into, gluing each layer independently to provide two solid legs for the chair.


03 Final product features 1

LAMINATED WHITE ASH Two laminated white ash legs provide the backbone of the chair design. White ash was chosen due to its flexible characteristics, whilst also having an attractive grain pattern.

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PERFORATED ALUMINIUM SEAT This feature added a unique aesthetic, whilst also providing a suitable material to be curved into an optimum position for comfort.

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CHROME PLATED TUBING The high gloss tubing that runs along the length of the chair provides a contrast to the white ash for an intriguing and interesting look.


cryo OPTIMISED CRYOTHERAPY FOR EFFECTIVE INJURY RECOVERY


cryo *All research findings can be justified upon request.

OPTIMISED CRYOTHERAPY FOR EFFECTIVE INJURY RECOVERY

01 Research insights THE PROBLEM Cryotherapy has been the renowned immediate recovery technique for soft tissue injuries for a long time, however efforts made to optimise this recovery have been relatively limited. The time duration of the application and how the user applies a cold modality to their body are often ineffectively taken advantage of, meaning recovery can be delayed. The current use of gel based ice packs has also proven to be unsuitable for effective cryotherapy.

78%

of users believe that an intermittent cryotherapy application is more effective than a single application.

gel pack 26.8%

0-10°c

Research has shown to be a threshold for optimum cryotherapy. Cryo ensures that these favourable conditions are constantly maintained.

ÂŁ24.3m

THE BRIEF Design and prototype a cryotherapy product that provides the most optimised therapy possible.

THE CONCEPT A product that administers cryotherapy in a manner that is both effective and user friendly. The product will be able to time the length of the treatment depending upon the diameter of the body part it is being applied to, whilst also indicating to the user when the contents of the product have reached a temperature that is no longer suitable for cryotherapy. The product will contain a user interface built around a screen, with the product then being able to communicate with a smart phone app to provide a platform for the user to communicate with their physio.

Frozen food 41.5%

worth of salaries were paid to NFL players who were injured with acute soft tissue injuries in only the first half of the 2014 season.

02 Ideation

ice 22% other 22%

63.8%

of users currently use either gel based ice packs or frozen food as a means of applying cryotherapy to acute soft tissue injuries. Research has shown that these are highly unsuitable for use within cryotherapy.


03 Scenario board

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cryo The user experience of the product is designed to be simplistic and intuitive whilst also providing a physically optimised treatment.

The user incurs a soft tissue injury.

Cryo is connected via bluetooth to the cryo smartphone app.

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The smart strap is wrapped around the users body, calculating the length used.

The product flashes once the ideal temperature threshold has been exceeded.

04 Prototyping Prototypes of the concept were produced to take the product from idea to reality. Both visual and functional prototypes were manufactured to give both an idea of how the product will look when mass manufactured, and to also prove that the product will function as intended. These were then utilised within a thorough user testing phase on a vast range of potential users, whereby each component could be critically analysed for further product development.

The ice chamber is then filled with ice and water.

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The cryotherapy is timed depending upon the diameter of the body part.

The product core is then twisted onto the ice chamber, providing a water tight seal.

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The user can then use the Cryo app to communicate with their physio..

The interface is built around a screen to provide clear instructions during treatment. Each component has been critically analysed to connect with the target user to give a professional and efficacious feel to the product.


cryo OPTIMISED CRYOTHERAPY FOR EFFECTIVE INJURY RECOVERY

PRODUCT FEATURES Cryo strives to optimise cryotherpy for efficient soft tissue damage recovery utilising the following innovative features:

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SMART STRAP: The retractable strap that attaches the product to the users body incorporates a rotary encoder that calculates the length of strap used by the user. This length then corresponds to the therapy duration, as parts of the body with a larger diameter require longer lengths of cryotherapy.

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TEMPERATURE PROBE: The probe determines the temperature of the ice chambers contents and clearly alerts the user when the threshold for optimum cryotherapy has been exceeded, therefore meaning the ice chamber needs refilling.

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CRYO APP: The product connects to a smartphone app via bluetooth, where the user can connect to their physio. This provides a means for the physio to monitor exactly what cryotherapy their client has completed, where a cryotherapy schedule can be constructed.


05 Cryo app

APP FEATURES The cryo app allows the product to blend seamlessly into the digital world, providing a platform for athletes and their physios to interact to encourage improved recovery rate. The user can view their therapy details live via conneting to the product via bluetooth, whereby the users physio can view how often their client is using Cryo, and can create a schedule for them to follow for an optimised recovery.


cryo OPTIMISED CRYOTHERAPY FOR EFFECTIVE INJURY RECOVERY


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Jack Howdle Design Portfolio October 2016  

A few examples of projects I have worked on in my time at Loughborough University Design School.

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