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”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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