Skin cancer detection kit, safer solution for hair straighteners and a robotic toy

Issue date: 04 June 2015

Environment and Technology Degree Show 2015, Friday 5 to Saturday 16 June 2015, R Block, Frenchay Campus.

A skin cancer detection kit for older men, a safer solution for hair straighteners and a robotic toy that allows parents to interact with their children from the workplace are three of the most exciting and innovative exhibits at this year's Environment and Technology Degree Show.

Eleanor Stopher – Final Year Creative Product Design

Inventor and Designer – Foursight

Eleanor has tackled the challenging and complex topic of improving early detection of skin cancer which is on the rise especially in older men – a high risk group. Eleanor's research identified the growing trend and uptake of male personal grooming products and she has tapped into this by designing a clever grooming kit which allows men to both protect and self-examine their skin in an easy and non-intrusive way.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK but the survival rate is extremely high, the key to this is catching it early.

Foursight, is a skincare company promoting awareness, education and early detection of skin cancer, aiming to keep skin healthy for the mature gentleman. They provide the tools and information needed to detect skin cancer at its earliest stages.

The kit comprises of several tools that come in the form of compact, stylishly designed products, including a magnifier, measuring guide and comparison chart. These tools allow the user to measure and compare any changes to the skin. This is then recorded in the easy to navigate mobile app. The user is reminded to carry out a full body skin check every 8-12 weeks.

Other features include a reusable moisturiser bottle, containing SPF, built to last with refillable cartridges that simply click into place. It hydrates and rejuvenates fatigued skin as well as encouraging the user to subtly notice changes to the skin. The kit will easily slot into a man's busy lifestyle and can be turned into a travel wash bag to become part of his quick daily routine wherever he goes.

When asked about her time at UWE Bristol, Eleanor, said, "I've had a fantastic four years at UWE. I've met some amazing people and surprised myself with the skills I've learnt. The wide variety of projects has helped me understand many aspects of design, from initial research to product manufacture. On my placement year at Double Europe, a retail design consultancy, I worked with many different brands. This helped me to understand designing for brands which is something I would like to pursue. I will be returning to Double Europe later this year.”

Jacques Priestner – Final Year Creative Product Design

Inventor and Designer – CLOO

Jacques has addressed the growing societal issue of busy working parents – and fathers especially who often find that they have little or no time to interact with their children during the working week. He has designed CLOO, an interactive robot toy which allows the parent at work and the child at home to engage together in various real time “play tasks and activities”.

CLOO is an interactive play experience set in an imaginary future where the key character is a spy robot named CLOO. The dad and child become inventors and work together to prepare CLOO for its evening mission.

CLOO uses an online app so even when the dad is at work he can communicate with his child and interact with the game in the time it would take to send a text message. When the dad returns home from work CLOO is ready for the evening mission. They receive their mission information generated via the app and then use Augmented Reality technology to help them complete their mission objectives.

As each mission is completed CLOO learns new skills. For example one-day CLOO will be a robot that can do awesome light sequences the next he is a talking robot where the dad can leave recorded messages from work. As the dad and child complete the missions they can see their score and can compete with other dad and child teams in the area. Who can be the best inventor team?

For Jacques, studying Creative Product Design at UWE Bristol has led to a number of exciting opportunities. As part of the Year 2 module – 'Design for Manufacture', the first time that students are tasked to design a simple product and get it fully detailed, costed and ready for manufacture, Jacques came up with his idea 'Colandish'. This new twist on the traditional colander has changed the serving experience, allowing food to be drained and brought to the table in one seamless operation. During his industry placement working for Bang Creations, his design so impressed his employers that they agreed to finance a full development and prototyping programme. Now two years on and after numerous iterations and changes, the 'Colandish' is soon to go into full production.

Speaking about this fantastic achievement, Jacques, said, “I'm really proud to see my idea of the Colandish being developed. It was an amazing experience to work on the development of the Colandish with Bang Creations whilst on placement and I learnt so much about the design process. I feel the experience helped improve my skills as a designer massively and taught me a lot about how to get an idea to manufacture. I am very excited to see the Colandish start selling soon and I am delighted that it has generated so much interest.”

About his time at UWE Bristol, Jacques adds,” I have really enjoyed my time studying Creative Product Design at UWE and been a part of some fantastic live projects provided by the course; these included a brief from Zodiac Seats UK and OMLET. Last year I took a 1-year placement at Bang Creations based in Haslemere, Surrey. By working in a Product Design consultancy it gave me the chance to work on a huge range of different products, including toy design. This made me want to shape my final year university project around this area of design.”

Daniel Sheppard – Product Design Technology

Inventor and Designer – Serene Straighteners

Daniel's project is a direct response to the alarming increase in child burns caused by hair straighteners. Research carried out by Dr Toity Deave at UWE Bristol led Daniel to tackle this problem head on designing a hair straightener to protect the user, as well as any children who come in contact with them, from burns, without the conscious effort of the user. The mechanism Daniel has used is based on reverse action tweezers. The user needs to clamp their hand down to open the straighteners to allow hair to go through, then releases their hand and holds the plate to close on the hair.

This innovative design effectively reverses the opening/closing action of conventional hair straighteners and by so doing this means the straighteners are always “closed” when not in use or put down even momentarily.

When asked about his time at UWE Bristol, Daniel, said, “In the last four years I have really enjoyed my time at university and at my placement (at Roke Manor Research Limited). At both places I have learnt to progress my skills for real world application, as well as looking at the world with creativity in mind.”

The annual 'Environment and Technology Degree Show' is a showcase of inspiring graduate projects from across the range of disciplines within the Faculty including Architecture and the Built Environment, Computer Science and Creative Technologies, Engineering Design and Mathematics, Geography and Environmental Management.

This celebratory event gives students the opportunity to discuss their work with their peers, families, potential employers or even future business partners.

For further details please visit the UWE Bristol event pages and to view a selection of images from the featured students please visit the UWE Bristol News flickr pages.

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