Kitonas – Virtual reality simulation for public empathy

Kitonas is a VR platform designed to help users better understand and relate to people with disabilities.

Due to lack of engagement, many people do not know how to behave around people with disabilities, conveying feelings of embarrassment or pity that are neither warranted nor helpful. Kitonas allows users to share the experiences of a wheelchair user first hand, navigating their way through a VR landscape with a number of day-to-day obstacles. The VR world is populated with various other people with disabilities, providing a better understanding of these active and friendly communities and refuting existing negative stereotypes.

Ema

Ema is a wireless device that allows electrocardiogram (ECG) tests to be performed on children in an unobtrusive way.

Current ECG testing involves a large amount of wires, making the process time consuming for doctors and sometimes upsetting for children. Ema reduces the testing equipment to ten, coin-sized sensors, synchronized to a central receiver. The sensors come in an array of bright colours and allow the ECG test to be turned into a game.

Introspect

Nurses are required to constantly demonstrate nurturing and compassionate behaviours to patients and their families, making them susceptible to burnout and compassion fatigue.

Introspect is a guided mobile app that engages nurses in an independent process of vocalisation and reflection in order to improve their ability to cope with personal and emotional challenges. The artificially intelligent system prompts the user with carefully formulated questions, allowing them to share their feelings in a safe environment. The user then listens back to a modulated recording of what they shared, prompting them to reflect on their emotional state and treat themselves with the same compassion they provide to others.

Ro-Biotics

The global population is steadily growing immune to antibiotics, a dangerous situation as new medicines have not yet been developed to take their place.

Forecasting healthcare scenarios to 2050, the designers have developed a microscopic robot to be ingested as a replacement for antibiotics. The bio-reactive, 4D printed smart material incorporates two new candidate antibiotic materials: star-shaped peptide polymers currently being developed by the University of Melbourne, and Guanidinium-functionalised polycarbonates under development by IBM. The 4D mechanism substantially enhances the functionality of these materials, covering the bacterium and resulting in more effective ionic interaction with the target bacteria membranes.

Carbon CPU

More than 30% of all food produced globally is never eaten, the value of this wasted food estimated at over 1% of the total world GDP.

Carbon-CPU transforms food waste into high-value carboxylates, encouraging thoughtful food waste disposal and avoiding the soil, water and gas pollution caused by the landfill of food waste. The food is degraded by microbes into small molecules, these small organic compounds then chain-elongated to form carboxylates that can be sold on and used in the production of a huge range of everyday items

Wood+

During spring in rural Norway, large waterbodies and ice risk damaging bridges in the highlands.

For this reason, they are often raised relative to the highest flood datum recorded. Wood+ shifts away from this static design and reimagines the footbridge as a self-regulating system made of composite joints. These can redirect water flow pressure into lifting compressing forces, allowing the bridge to offset itself to the fluctuating river stream.

Redefining the limit

In Bogota, low-income neighbourhoods lack quality public spaces, depriving residents of an important aspect of civic life.

Combining landscape design and architecture, the designer has devised a scheme in which a large park connects urban areas of the city, creating a pleasant flow between urban, suburban, natural and wetland spaces. The scheme provides valuable public spaces for the city’s most deprived residents, while improving air quality, bio-diversity and general aesthetic for all.

Waveband: Hearing through Haptics

Waveband is a wearable device that helps people born deaf or with severe hearing loss to enjoy easier interactions with people and their surroundings.

Its principle function is to help catch the attention of a person with severe hearing loss or deafness through vibrations, either by sending a signal between two devices or by activating a single device through relevant sounds such as the wearer’s name being called. The project was developed with three different groups of people representing the spectrum of hearing impairment.

CRSQ

CRSQ is a live feedback positioning system developed to provide a better overview and faster search during mass rescue operations at sea.

Tracking beacons are fitted to emergency equipment such as life vests and rafts. Every position is displayed and updated in real-time to all rescue resources involved. With more accurate information and positioning data, emergency services can better manage and organise operations, prioritising their actions to ensure the highest rate of survival.

CAMSY: Cardiac Monitoring System

Women with heart problems often suffer from false diagnoses because their symptoms are very different from those of men.

CAMSY is a life-saving wearable monitoring system specifically designed for women, to be worn daily for four months after the user has suffered from a heart attack. The device constantly checks the cardiac values of the patient, registering irregularities as well as positive changes. The patient then receives feedback so that she can regain confidence in her own body and trust that correct treatment will be administered if necessary.”

mi DATA

Individuals generate huge quantities of data every day, with information such as their location, viewing habits and purchases being tracked by the various apps and websites that they use.

Easy access to this data can make individuals vulnerable to exploitation. With the help of existing AI, mi DATA offers a way for users to view the types of raw data they are sharing, as well as their derived data. The app provides the potential for individuals to understand their personal data sharing and creation, but also help them make better decisions about their online behaviour.

Cast in Carbon

Cast in Carbon aims to reverse the carbon cycle by removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing carbon emissions generated through the construction process.

Biochar is a new construction material through which carbon can be stored within building structures, converting built spaces into ‘carbon sinks’. Biochar has been successfully tested as a replacement material in various cement-based composites and has displayed the added benefits of being lightweight, providing thermal insulation, and allowing for passive cooling.”