The nine winners awarded in Dezeen’s annual awards program are located in eight different countries including Sweden, New Zealand, USA and Spain.
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Cionic Neural Sleeve by Fuseproject in collaboration with Cionic won the prestigious design project of the year award, sponsored by Solus Ceramics and Mirage Spa. It was also named product design (health and wellbeing) project of the year.
According to the Dezeen design master jury, the bionic leg product represents “a perfect marriage of science, technology, and design.”
“For the millions of people suffering from muscular degenerative diseases or injury, this product has the greatest potential to improve the user’s ability to walk and therefore their quality of life,” said the master jury. “Working with sophisticated technologies, the Fuseprojects design studio has managed to conceal complex electronics into a slender product that wraps elegantly around the leg without an overly medical appearance.”
The lightweight Neural Sleeve wraps around the leg and uses electric pulses and artificial intelligence to correct muscle movements in people with limited mobility.
“The design doesn’t have a medical appearance which helps to remove any stigma for the wearer,” added the Dezeen awards master jury. “Clever integration of technology into a fabric which has the far-reaching possibility to vastly improve the quality of life for many.”
The bionic leg wrap was up against projects that included a stackable chair derived from castor bean plants, an adaptive sunglasses collection and a reflective hemispherical theatre for the French pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.