Chinese students from the University of Nottingham Ningbo win international award for cutting-edge design

NINGBO, China, April 08, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With an aging population and changing socio-economic background, the traditional Chinese family support system for the elderly has become more difficult. Students at the University of Nottingham Ningbo in China have designed cutting-edge wearable technology to monitor and record health data, enabling the best possible care for the elderly.

Two fourth-year Product Design and Manufacturing (PDM) students from UNNC, Menghao Yuan and Yanzhe Wang, designed “smart slippers”, wearable health monitoring technology, which are not only comfortable to wear, but also offer a caring and personalized health care solution for the elderly.

The “Smart Slippers” project received the Global Footwear Awards for Special Awards, the Social Impact Award and the Medical Footwear Award. The Global Footwear Awards were founded by the Farmani Group, an organization behind various competitions in the fields of design, architecture and photography (eg IDA, International Design Award). Its jury is made up of people from companies such as Adidas, Anta, Puma, Prada, Hugo Boss, etc. and is also supported by institutions such as RCA and MIT.

“There will be approximately 418 million older people aged 60 and over by 2035. The socio-economic context, characterized by an inverted pyramid family structure and the number of ’empty nesters’, has compromised the traditional support of Chinese families to the elderly. Therefore, the slippers will help to monitor and record basic health data, the amount of daily exercise. In case of emergency, the APP will also contact the person directly,” said a member of the design team Using knitting and 3D pressure technology, the design is state of the art and a departure from most designs that have pressure sensors directly attached to them.

Dr. Martijn ten Bhömer, industrial consultant for the PDM program, said that the shoe is an iconic product type for industrial designers because it is a very complex combination of design, materials, manufacturing and technology. The academic staff of the PDM program is committed to providing students with more industry-related design projects, helping students gain an in-depth understanding of the entire product design cycle.

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