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23rd April, 2015

Middlesex Product Design student’s bipolar technology exhibited at Design Museum

A device designed by Middlesex University Product Design graduate Megan Harley for her final year degree project is currently on display at the Design Museum, after being shortlisted for the AXA PPP Health Tech and You exhibition.

Megan was inspired to create the product by a family member who is bipolar, and after conducting market research developed a wristband called ‘Aware’ which users wear at night to monitor and manage their sleep patterns.

The wristband wirelessly syncs to an app, which then makes users aware of any patterns that may indicate an imminent relapse or ‘crisis’, helping them to self-manage the condition. The app can also be set up to inform family members, friends, a psychiatrist or others in their support network.

The innovative product was selected as part of a global showcase to recognise the organisations, designers and clinicians who are developing new digital approaches to managing healthcare.

Aware could also be potentially used to gather information for research into the condition, and Megan is hoping to discuss its potential with mental health charities and the NHS in the near future.

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