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Hannah Cox

BSc Product Design

I am an inquisitive and curious designer, constantly exploring new ways that I can improve my work and experiment further. I aim to create inclusive designs that can be used by as many people as possible.

Improving the Inclusivity and Accessibility of Virtual Reality

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VR is an emerging technology which shows much promise in being a new way in which we can work, consume entertainment and learn. Although VR is an incredibly exciting technology, it is becoming increasingly shown that it is not inclusive or accessible to a large amount of the population. The VRSE Collection aims to provide more inclusive ways that people can experience virtual reality. The Flex Controller is an adaptive VR controller with removable sides and options to add additional buttons to allow the user to customise a VR experience to their needs. The Loop Strap allows users to better adjust a VR headset to help minimise in experience sickness and muscle fatigue caused by poor adjustment of headset straps.

Redesign of a Low budget trainer

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In the UK, over 143 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year, with 95% of them ending up in landfill. The multicolour and multi-material nature of footwear has made them particularly difficult to separate and recycle at end of life. With such a large drive for more sustainable practices within the fashion industry, it led to the question, how can footwear be made more sustainable, especially for budget brands.

This question directed the creation of a mono-material, single colour and recyclable trainer, designed to be recycled at end of life. The design utilises 3D knitting technology to create a single part upper and direct injection moulding with an existing mould for the outsole. The shoe is also made with TPU, so that it can be ground down and recycled at end of life.

The result of the chosen manufacturing methods leads to a reduced material waste during manufacture of roughly 12%, in comparison to the current methods, which result to roughly 29% wastage.

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