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Hybrid project by Jack Mercer

    Scope of work:

  • Extensive Research
  • Product Design
  • Conceptual Visualisation

About the project

A seamless monitoring wearable system to identify, intercept and advise on muscular cramp in athletes, using micro sensors and real time data.

Brief

This project was an RSA Student Design Awards live brief. The brief had the heading of ′Wearing Intelligence 2.0′. The brief was to develop a design solution that utilises ′advanced textiles′ (fabrics that have been enhanced by new technologies) to improve wellbeing or the quality of people′s lives.

The brief asks us to explore the world of advanced and smart textiles, and to find an application where their use can offer a significant benefit to the user, or even society as a whole. How can textiles be used to keep us safer? Support our health and well-being? Help us communicate? Transport us faster? Reduce our environmental impact? Think how physical products could interact seamlessly with connected and digital worlds.

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Development process

We (Jack and Dominic) found that the sports industry was dominated by intrusive health trackers and expensive wearables for the wrist. We found that there had been little attempt at embedding wearable technology within sports clothing. Observing various sporting events indicated that injury and foul play were the two main things holding competitive sport back.

We considered a 'fairplay' jersey, that would glow with contact, for non-contact sports. We were concerned that this measurable would be too frequent and interrupt the play even more. We wanted something non intrusive, not distracting and beneficial. We turned our attention to injury, focusing on muscular cramp. Further specialist research showed us the specific factors and appropriate measurable to advise on muscular cramp within a pair of shorts. The shorts would glow in the local area of the muscle fatigue.

As a fictional concept, we needed to visualise how our shorts could be used, therefore detailed storyboards were created. We wanted to target both casual players and high end professionals.

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Final result

A seamless monitoring wearable system to identify, intercept and advise on muscular cramp in athletes, using micro sensors and real time data.

We developed a mobile application for players to measure their muscular conditioning over time, and track progress.

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