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Student designs go on show at the Amex
Lifesaving and life-enhancing designs by final-year Sussex students go on display this month in the Product Design degree show at the Amex stadium.
The exhibition will launch on Wednesday 30 May in the Creativity Zone on campus, where visiting Year 10 pupils from the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy will have a chance to learn firsthand about studying design at university and to meet the student designers.
The show then transfers across the road to the Amex stadium – home to Brighton and Hove Albion FC – for a four-day exhibition, from Wednesday 6 June. Members of the public will be able to view prototypes and designs and talk to the creators.
Exhibit designs include:
- Bee educated: An interactional education aid that teaches children about the importance of bees to our environment. Designer Paul Nestoruk has already landed a job in the design team at car manufacturer Jaguar
- Aftermarket Hybrid Electric Vehicle Kit: A set of components to turn any standard internal combustion engine into an electric hybrid for short day-to-day journeys using a simple dashboard-mounted switch
- Allergen Biosensor and Adrenaline Auto-Injector: The biosensor detects tiny amounts of allergens in food while the adrenaline auto-injector offers an improved design to ensure swift treatment. The near-fatal allergic reaction to nuts of Damian Holland’s girlfriend led to his lifesaving design.
- The Myers Extension Mechanism – Artificial limb modification for amputees: A device to help above-the-knee amputees climb inclines and stairs and reduce muscle fatigue by replacing some of the functionality of the severed muscles with a flexible, composite member. It is primarily intended for use in Afghanistan, where there is a high incidence of traumatic amputations
- The Voob – a musical instrument for young deaf-blind community: A sensory product for the classroom incorporating coloured lights, vibrations and sound, offering deaf-blind users independence, a creative outlet and an aid to developing their communication and cognitive skills.
Course leader Diane Simpson-Little says: “The products and services that this year’s graduates display encompass outstanding competence in research, critical analysis, design engineering, brand development and human-centred design, along with explorations into culture, psychology, ergonomics, art, science and commerce.
“Our degree show provides an unrivalled opportunity to see not only the talent of our students but also the work of tomorrow’s leading designers.”
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