A top 4 runner up product concept
Design and video by Kai Lawrence, Central Saint Martins, a top four finalist of a Large-Area Electronics Demonstrator design competition commissioned by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics.
The interactive book concept communicates information through different graphic examples of printed electronics, each of which forms a page of the book, with the technology embedded into the pages. A haptic interaction on each page allows the user to learn through doing. The book’s pages embrace the ﬂexible nature of the technology, and its beauty is emphasised through clear and organised presentation. Each page is connected to a power source embedded in the spine using terminal rings.
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.