UK-based graduate student Callum Smith from Northumbria University has scooped the ‘Good Life’ category award at 2016 RSA Student Design Awards, sponsored by tech giant Philips. He bagged the award for his prototype design FrailTea kettle that would help doctors to monitor health of the elderly based on their tea-making abilities.
Depending on the user’s grip strength and overall kettle usage, weekly data is collected and provided on the caregivers’ phone. This way they can track trends in a patient’s frailty diagnostics and accordingly manage and distribute their time to the patients in need.
This new kettle consists of a technology that enables the user to collect and analyze grip data via daily kettle usage. Due to this, caregivers can get an accurate picture of their patients’ frailty statistics. The early identification of frailty will help the caregivers and doctors to alter care planning so that they can help elderly patients to live more independently, avoiding unnecessary hospital stays.
Smith was inspired to create this FrailTea kettle after a visit to a local care home, where he had the opportunity to talk to some of the residents. His visit to the care home helped him to develop some insights into what leads to residents being admitted to care homes. To help the patients, he developed a proactive and pre-emptive approach to elderly care in form of a kettle.
FrailTea’s design really stood out at the competition due to its simple yet progressive measure, which has the potential to benefit and support growing elderly population. Philips is dedicated to work on Callum’s product and help elderly population with futuristic technology.