DIT Product Design Students win NDA People’s Choice AwardPosted: 19 June, 2017
A group of Dublin Institute of Technology Product Design students have won the Universal Design Grand Challenge People’s Choice Award for 2017.
DIT students Cormac Altman and Will D’Arcy with Dr Ger Craddock, Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
The National Disability Authority(NDA) awards honour excellence in student projects that feature end-user centric designs created with input from the community. Cormac Altman, Ross Delaney, Ciaran Sullivan and Will D’Arcy, 3rd-year students in the School of Mechanical & Design Engineering at DIT received the award for their Smart Hub Design “Odee” in May 2017.
Odee is a smart monitoring hub that supports people who are at risk of falling using a non-intrusive design system that respects individual privacy. The group created the product as part of the Product Design Module “Medical Design”, which places a strong emphasis on designing products with the needs of the community in mind.
In order to ensure their product met the needs of users, Odee’s designers carried out community engagement with help from staff and expert assistive technology users in Enable Ireland’s Assistive Technology Service and via a DIT service “Students Learning with Communities”. This collaboration between Enable Ireland and DIT started over ten years to champion inclusive and universal design and has developed into a fruitful partnership with industry and international affiliates.
Find out more about the Universal Design Grand Challenge on the NDA’s website.