HT&Y The Future Award Shortlist: Sensewear

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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.

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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 is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. 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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