Five projects from Industrial Design at Global Grad Show during Dubai Design Week 2018

Dubai Design Week is one of the world’s newest and most ambitious international design events, conceived to shine a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub, and share the UAE’s thriving design scene with the world at large. Dubai Design Week will be held this year from 12-17 November. 

Dubai Design Week was established in 2015 by Art Dubai Group in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3). In Dubai’s collaborative spirit, and as a reflection of the city’s global outlook, its design week is both regional and international in scope, encompasses public and private spheres, culture, education and entertainment, and spans multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and industrial design. Panels, keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops all contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world.

The fourth edition of the Global Grad Show, held in partnership with Investment Corporation of Dubai, offers a first look at 150 of the inventions shaping our tomorrow. The ideas come from passionate, upcoming design graduates of 61 nationalities from 100 universities, including Harvard, MIT and TU/e and RCA. The students use design to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.  The solutions and prototypes range from the physical to the virtual, high-tech and complex to small and conceptually simple. Technology for doctors that can identify cancer cells using a pen, solutions to combat declining bee populations, a ring that helps the visually impaired to retain their independence, affordable ways to tackle climate change and much more.

We are proud to announce that of these projects five of our students have been selected to participate in the exhibition in November 2018!


Intellispace AlmenarUI by Felix van de Donk

Intellispace AlmenarUI is a physical user interface designed for radiology within VR/AR. The work of a radiologist consists out of analyzing scans from either Ultrasound, MRI, CT, etc and identify anomalies within the scanned tissue. This is done within a dark reading room with calibrated displays for the best image, however this is very taxing for the professional as being in a dark room for days has a negative effect. Once the radiologist has found material which has to be removed he prepares instructions and information for the surgeon to interpret. The controllers are custom designed to have a wide scale of sensors and haptic actuation types which helps the radiologist work with volumetric datasets.This allows the radiologist to map his workspace to the docking station and always have a physical reference to his work environment.

BioFidget by Rong-Hao and team

Children flocked to get their hands on the Fidget Spinner and the life sciences sector has now also discovered ‘fidget gadgets’. Name: BioFidget. This new, smart Fidget Spinner is a heart rate variability (HRV) sensor, electromechanical respiratory sensor and an information display all in one. BioFidget detects stress in a playful, interactive manner. The wireless sensor also helps reduce unhealthy stress. The first tests with BioFidget show positive results. The respiratory training helps to reduce stress. Users also praised the accuracy of the built-in sensors.

Sentic by Myrte Thoolen

Listening to music is calming, often recalls memories and encourages social interaction. This has a positive effect on cognition and behavior of people living with dementia. In this project the interfaces/modules have the ability to adapt and ‘grow’ with the both cognitive and physical-bodily capabilities of its user.  Caregivers or family members can change the module when they see a behavioral change that is affecting the ability to be self-reliant in using the music system.

Cliff by Mohamad Zairi Baharom

Elderly, people with a disability, women in dresses and mannequins have at least one thing in common: they often experience difficulties when opening and closing zippers. Because they are physically unable to do so, or because the zip is located on the back of the garment. Cliff helps people to open and close zippers. Cliff is a design approach towards fashionable automated assistive technology. The functional design can also be used for industrial applications such as dust barrier systems.

TIPO by Ayushman Talwar

Speech-to-text interfaces on mobile devices are extremely useful and seem to be the ideal solution for people with a visual impairment. The privacy concerns associated with this form of interaction are a major disadvantage. Anybody can eavesdrop, even during conversations that you would rather not share with other people. The TIPO braille keyboard solves this problem. The compact 3D printed keyboard fits on the back of practically any modern smartphone and is connected to the device using a USB OTG cable. Users type in braille, via a 6-dot combination, which allows them to enter any text.