Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Facemask designed by Lincoln Uni student wins product design competition

An up and coming young designer from the University of Lincoln has produced an innovative new facemask to protect children from harmful pollution.

Owen Phillips, a final year Product Design student, designed the pioneering new product as part of a project in supported by Samsung KX and tech guru Jason Bradbury.

Owen’s mask – called ‘Polligon’ – is a highly efficient, N95 grade filtration mask designed specifically for children to protect them from harmful pollution on their walk to school.

The mask is designed so that it can be reversed into a neckerchief to be worn throughout the day, it can also be customised by the user or their school to be incorporated into school uniform.

“With harmful pollution levels and the recent coronavirus pandemic creating many challenges and increasing demand for respiratory protection, I think it is really important that solutions take into account the needs of different users, stakeholders and cultures to ensure they are feasible and can maximise impact now and in the future,” said Owen.

“I’m really excited to be developing this product further with the help of the University of Lincoln.”

Owen created the protective wear as part of his final year BRADLAB project, which tasks students with producing an innovative new technological product, using the research, creativity and delivery skills they have developed throughout their degree.

The BRADLAB was launched by technology guru, author and host of The Gadget Show, Jason Bradbury, as part of his role as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Lincoln to inspire students to be even more creative and innovative with their ideas.

This year’s Product Design challenge for final year students was hosted and supported by Samsung and its new experience space in King’s Cross, London.

Samsung KX is London’s newest home of innovation where visitors are encouraged to ‘see things, learn stuff, push their limits and open their minds’. Visitors to the space can attend events, get to grips with the latest tech, discover new experiences and connect with other individuals.

The final year Product Design students were invited to Samsung KX to pitch their inventive new products, but due to the current climate, their designs are now being showcased on the new Samsung KX website.

The students took part in a competitive pitch process, which was judged by Jason Bradbury himself and Sebastian Stoddart, Director of Innovation at Samsung.

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