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Groundbreaking innovations at today’s opening of Global Grad Show in Dubai
The exhibition showcases waveband which empowers people born deaf or with severe hearing loss in their everyday interactions with people, time-telling devices that allow users to have alternate experiences of time and a grass roots solution for an affordable transition to production, storage and clean cooking using biogas.
This week, students from across the world travel to Dubai for the fifth edition of the world’s most diverse gathering of graduates working on social impact innovation, curated by Eleanor Watson. The coming five days, they present graduate projects in the fields of design, science, and technology.
The Nordic students addresses sustainability, wealth and disparity, education, health and gender, and inequality. Here are a few of the highlights:
Open Insulin Project Jing Yu, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Denmark Yu’s project is a production system and online service that allows users to produce medical-grade insulin at home for a fraction of market cost. Using a starter kit and supporting digital platform, Open Insulin translates the process of biopharmaceutical manufacturing into an informative, easy-to-use package. The aim of the project is to decentralize the production of insulin, redressing the balance between the scientific community, private enterprise and the general public.
Waveband — Hearing through haptics Kristjan Juks, Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden The Waveband empowers people born deaf or with severe hearing loss in their everyday interactions with people and the surrounding soundscape. The simple act of calling someone’s name to get their attention does not exist in the deaf community without eye contact. It aids in getting the attention of a person with severe hearing loss or deafness through vibrations, either by sending a signal between two devices or a single device being activated by relevant sounds, i.e. a name.
The Ministry of Time Reuben Dsilva, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Denmark There are few human inventions that have impacted our behaviour more than our ability to measure time, modern lifestyles dictating that it be measured and regimented down to every minute. The Ministry of Time presents two time-telling devices that allow users to have alternate experiences of time by exploring perception and control.
Blue Gas Jeff Bennett, Lund University, Sweden A grass roots solution for an affordable transition to production, storage and clean cooking using biogas and locally sourced organic materials that connect in an easily replicable and constructible system.
Tenok — DIY vacuum cleaner created from waste Tim Krahmer, Lund University, School of Industrial Design, Sweden Vacuum cleaners are often thrown away with the motor still working as variation in dimensions and power requirements makes them difficult to reuse. Tenok (also on the first picture) is an open-source DIY vacuum cleaner that can be equipped with motors, hoses and power cords from disposed models. It can be built with simple tools and a desktop 3D-printer, home assembly equipping users to conduct their own repairs should a part break down. The humble wooden case is also designed to age gracefully, growing more characterful over time and encouraging users to keep the appliance long-term.
CRSQ - Mass Rescue System at Sea Pontus Edman, Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden CRSQ is a system that locates and tracks distressed people at sea in real time, enabling rescue teams at sea to better organize and prioritize the mission.
Global Grad Show takes place in Building 4 and 6 in Dubai Design District until Saturday