HT&Y The Future Award Shortlist: Sensewear


Sensewear is a collection of clothes and accessories that emphasise the use of senses. The collection is inspired by therapies applied to Sensory Processing Disorders.

The aim of the project is to design an inclusive collection wearable by anyone which does not stigmatise a person affected by a disorder. An underwear T-shirt gathers data through textile sensors and actuators through an application that activates other garments. Pumpme: inflatable jacket that creating a deep pressure on the wearer’s body gives a calming sensation and buffer against unwanted external sensations producing a contact-free personal space. Biteme: biteable necklace that release the stress and includes a GPS receiver. Playme: musical necklace composed by a body in which can produce sounds though pressure and movement sensors. Pullme: aromatic scarf that diffuse the aroma through an atomizer. Squeezeme: wearable scarf for emotional emergencies. Hearme: hoodie poncho that makes sounds helping to focalize the wearer’s auditory capabilities.


Judges Comments:

“Great concept that looks into how to help users and make them more comfortable”

“Clothing could expand to various styles i.e. school uniform for children who suffer from various health conditions”

“Currently being tested abroad but could get backing here in the UK if looking to pursue this market”


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Chief Exec of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum, now in their 5th year. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community through the concept of 'Whole School Wellbeing'. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technologies for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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