Winning product concept
Design and video by Hanako Zhang, Central Saint Martins, the ultimate winner of a Large-Area Electronics Demonstrator design competition commissioned by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics.
The ticket is a flexible wrist band tag incorporating a display and communications to keep a customer informed of the timing of an appointment. The concept could be used in a range of situations, for example to allow patients waiting in a hospital or clinic to be given updates on timing of their appointment without having to remain in the reception area. The wristband would showcases technologies including flexible display, printed circuits, rechargeable and flexible batteries, and other technologies such as printed touch sensors and OLEDs could also be included.
About the demonstrator competition
The EPSRC Centre challenged Central Saint Martins students to design a portable interactive demonstrator comprising multiple functional Large-Area Electronics (LAE) elements (e.g. sensors, displays, energy harvesting, energy storage, lighting) brought together in an attractive and compelling way to illustrate functional capability and new modes of use. The demonstrator will be used as an outreach tool for students to learn about LAE and new career possibilities, as well as to communicate with potential end-users about LAE technology, what it is and how it can be applied.
48 students participated in the competition, each coming up with their own concept that was presented to the EPSRC Centre and participating LAE companies who provided technology samples for the competition. The projects were judged on the following criteria: a) design innovation b) how well the LAE elements were presented, and c) commercial potential/application.