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Designs for the future unveiled at Winchester School of Art

Published: 22 January 2024
Girl wearing VR headset
Visitors could try out the virtual reality grocery shopping service, built to support healthy aging.

Innovative student projects, exploring the transformative potential of smart technologies, were displayed at University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art.

The exhibition featured new designs that seek to change the future world and address real-world challenges, highlighting how smart technologies can be applied to foster inclusivity in society.

Using concepts supported by artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality, the showcased projects included:

Wearable Healthcare Product Interface: An app for managing osteoarthritis pain through wearable electrotherapy.

Smart Retail Design for Healthy Aging: A grocery shopping service supporting healthy aging.

Designing for ParentMood: An app predicting postnatal depression through socio-behavioral assessments.

Anglo-Saxon Visitor Attraction: Evaluation of the innovative exhibition – Winchester: 878 AD.

Smart Design for Obesity: App development to track sleep, stress, food, alcohol intake, smoking, and exercise for people with weight issues.

Museum Experience Design: Idea development for Christmas at the Milestones Museum through analysis of customer survey data.

Following the Fish: Using VR technology to bring art exhibitions from around the world to the public.


Mayor of Winchester alongside Yuanyuan Yin
Key visitors with Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Angela Clear (left)

The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Angela Clear, attended the exhibition’s opening night.

She said: "The council is always delighted to share in the university's projects and initiatives. Both the staff and students have clearly worked hard and with expertise. I love to see especially how the various technologies have been applied to make positive change for our futures."

Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, added: "I'm delighted that these projects have had the opportunity to be exhibited at the Winchester Gallery.

"They all demonstrate beautifully how all parts of the university can contribute very strongly to our strategy of excellence, specifically the interaction between education, research, and enterprise."

The exhibition was open to the public between the 17th – 20th of January 2024 and was supported by WSA's Global Smart Lab.

The Winchester School of Art Global Smart Lab was established to advance research at the interface of art and design with respect to smart technologies, experiences and living.

Ranging across the domains of health, well-being, education, learning and leisure, the Lab is focused on core challenges relating to the futures of AI, AR and VR, social and smart technologies, inclusivity, data culture and sustainability.

For more information about Winchester School of Art, check out its website.

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