Blackwood rewards creators of innovations that enhance lives

Blackwood rewards creators of inventions that improve lives

(from left) Finest New Idea winner Nick Fitzpatrick, Blackwood chief govt Fanchea Kelly and Finest Collaboration winner Charlie Wilson

The Blackwood Design Awards, a Dragons’ Den-style competitors to recognise improvements and innovations that enhance the lives of older and disabled individuals, has introduced this yr’s three winners.

The profitable shortlisted inventors joined collectively to showcase their entries earlier than the winners had been introduced on the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s design museum, the identical location the place they pitched to a panel of eight of the sector’s main consultants 5 weeks prior.

Koalaa Tender Prosthetics, from London, was recognised because the winner of Finest New Help, Tools or Accessible Know-how for its snug and reasonably priced prosthetics units.

Whereas Nick Fitzpatrick from Edinburgh picked up Finest New Idea for his kettle redesign to assist customers independently and safely function at house.

Charlie Wilson and the College of Strathclyde received Finest Collaboration for the restructure of an electrical plug to work on a push mechanism for elimination as a substitute of pull.

Fanchea Kelly, Blackwood’s chief govt, mentioned: “The innovations created by all of the shortlisted entrants are inspiring and it was powerful for the judges to determine on the winners. Nate from Koalaa, Nick and Charlie are worthy winners, and it was nice to host an occasion that gave all of the entrants the chance to share their experiences on this showcase within the V&A.

“These innovations make an enormous distinction in serving to individuals to reside extra independently and that’s what we goal to advertise and encourage with the Blackwood Design Awards.

“The shortlist this yr showcased actually phenomenal work and intelligent considering and we thank all those that obtained concerned for committing their time to such essential endeavours.”

Blackwood rewards creators of inventions that improve lives

Sponsors of the design awards embrace Hyper Luminal Video games and Social Telecoms whose generosity offered general awards sponsorship and £2000 prize cash for the 2 new-to-market innovations in order that they’ll develop their designs additional. Scotland-based International Mental Property consultants, Murgitroyd, are additionally supporting the winners and shortlisted candidates with recommendation and assist on easy methods to defend the rights of their innovations and the V&A Dundee has been a proud host and supporter of BDA 2022 too.

Koalaa’s prosthetic gadget is a sleeve fitted with totally different instrument attachments relying on the kind of exercise the consumer want to do – with three choices at present provided.

A virtuaclinic matches customers with units on-line and grants entry to a web-based group for concept sharing and peer-to-peer assist at a fraction of the fee, wherever on the earth.

Nate Macabuag, founding father of Koalaa (Tender Prosthetics), mentioned: “We’re satisfied to win this award. It’s so essential to have awards just like the BDA and to recognise the worth of design for assisted expertise.

“Such awards encourage present and future designers and engineers to assume past the following shiny laptop or automotive and put their minds to creating merchandise that may be helpful for others. Koalaa continues to be impressed by the privilege to be helpful and to work with customers who information our concepts.”

Pushed by his grandmother’s struggles, Nick Fitzpatrick, founding father of Inclu, reinvented the design of a kettle to steadiness the purposeful wants of goal customers with a phenomenal aesthetic, guaranteeing individuals can safely and independently use the equipment.

The twin horizontal handles give customers a versatile and straightforward carrying expertise, with a lid designed to permit customers to fill the kettle while not having to open the lid, and a raised stand that boils the water whereas eliminating the necessity to carry and pour after boiling. As an alternative, the consumer presses a single button to dispense the water into an object beneath.

Blackwood rewards creators of inventions that improve lives

Nick Fitzpatrick together with his kettle redesign

Nick mentioned: “Creating stunning merchandise for the house which might be inclusive and accessible for individuals of all talents is my purpose.

“My kettle reinvention goals to resolve the purposeful issues posed by mainstream kettles with out changing into a stigmatising product. It does this by rethinking how a kettle must be used – trendy expertise like an induction coil housed within the stand of the kettle.

“The twin-handles and raised stand have the most important influence on the consumer expertise as they permit individuals with lowered energy and dexterity to carry the kettle extra simply and it removes the necessity to tilt and pour water solely.

“It’s nice to know that different individuals see the worth within the work I’m doing, and I’m actually excited concerning the alternatives this award will open up for me sooner or later.”

Charlie’s design, in partnership with the College of Strathclyde, goals to make the elimination {of electrical} plugs simpler by providing a push choice moderately than solely pull – in addition to giving totally different grip choices.

This has been designed alongside individuals with arthritis on the idea that lots of them discover present electrical plug designs uncomfortable. They typically resort to asking for assist which impacts their independence or these challenges result in unsafe practices similar to pulling plugs out by the cable.

He mentioned: “My mission targeted on redesigning electrical plugs for individuals with arthritis. Some wonderful individuals with arthritis shared suggestions and private experiences which fed into the ultimate design – which focuses on having the ability to push the plug to take away it eradicating the necessity for grip energy.

“I really feel very proud to have received this award and it’s given me confidence that there’s the necessity for a product like this alongside real curiosity in creating extra inclusive designs on the whole. It was additionally so nice to see all the opposite individuals working to extend the independence and luxury of these of us with disabilities.

“I’m partially sighted and imagine in inclusive design, the precept of designing for the widest vary of individuals potential.”

The panel of trade consultants included: John Logan (Blackwood tenant and former panel member), Gemma Lumsdaine (wheelchair rugby coach for Dundee Dragons), Ryan MacDonald (army issues supervisor at Housing Choices Scotland and former panel member), Jo Mawdsley (head of studying V&A Dundee), Julie McDowell (Blackwood’s board chair), Christina Miller (communications supervisor at Euan’s Information), Emma Muldoon (UK journey and disabled blogger) and Gordon Stark (chief govt officer at Murgitroyd).

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