Final year project
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FYDP - Monitoring the health of household cats from home through diet & weight.
The proposed design aims to improve the health and well-being of a domestic cat by helping to identify the early stages of illness though abnormal bodyweight trends and through a reduction in obesity by reactive feeding.
The daily weight readings are captured automatically without user involvement and are sent to an app where they are stored and displayed in a simple interface. The data allows owners to see how much the cat currently weighs and the relevant weight trends. If abnormal trends occur, such as sudden unexplained weight loss, the app will display a notification to seek medical advice. The weight history and trends can then be shown to a veterinary professional who would use the information to aid diagnosis or to use the data as evidence for further investigation if merited.
Reactive feeding uses the bodyweight data to alter the app-based food serving suggestions. For example, if a cat is over its ideal weight (based on the predictive model by Campigotto et al - 2019) there will be a reduction in the food serving quantity by a certain percentage, which is calculated by the type of food, current body weight and a body condition score. This is then implemented and prompted by the app and the percentage will change over time as the bodyweight changes, i.e. if the weight loss is too severe or has been reached the percentage will be altered until stability has occurred.
The design features a microchip sensor that is used to identify if the correct pet is on the correct system. If the correct cat is present a motor will open the pet bowl lid allowing access to the food. This controlled access allows the diet to be monitored and tailored on an individual basis, unlike open access pet bowls in multi-pet households where different animals can consume the wrong food type or portion.
The feeder features an inbuilt weighing scale that can be used for greater accuracy when portioning the serving suggestion. The feeder houses 2 removable steel bowl inserts that can be removed for cleaning. To further aid cleaning the top silicone surface of the bodyweight scales is fully detachable.
Internet Of Things
Identify an opportunity for an ‘internet of things' (IoT) product for which the industrial design is dedicated to a clearly defined context e.g. healthcare, leisure, sport, security, travel. This opportunity may be based around current needs or projected up to five years into the future. Revolved forms must not be used.
To design a smart water bottle for performance athletes that monitors hydration and the intake of salt vitamins & minerals, and shares quantitative data that builds a profile of what, and how, they are drinking.
Using a live hinge or hinges I was tasked with designing a homeware product for student accommodation that must be capable of compact Storage. The predominant material must be polypropylene (PP), with the exception of fasteners and/or special purpose componentry.
A polypropylene colander with 15 live hinges. The products the natural state is flat, therefore allowing a traditionally bulky item to fit into a draw with items such as chopping boards. As the PP is injection moulded around strip magnets, it allows the colander to simply snap together quickly & easily due to the precise geometry of the part.
I am dedicated and passionate about design, right from the initial thoughts through to the final outcome. I am highly motivated & creative, excelling at problem solving & ideation.
I have chosen to focus my Final Year Design Practice around pet health. This is due to the ever-increasing demand for innovation, including more choice of automated products, as well as technical products that can be linked to an app. (Mintel Report, 2019)
The brief was to design a domestic cat weighing/feeding hub that allows the automated data capture of an animal’s weight and food intake to provide an adjustable diet or an early indication of potential health issues.
Throughout my 4 years at Loughborough University I have also completed numerous projects in areas ranging from User Centered Design, Design Research, Prototyping, 3D Printing, Injection Moulding, Mechanics & Electronics.
Final year project
Monitoring the health of household cats from home through diet & weight.
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Iterign, Newbury - Work Experience
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