LEXUS DESIGN AWARD Announces the 2022 Grand Prix Winner, a Motion Tracking Device for the Elderly

The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 concludes with a jury finally revealing their choice of Grand Prix winner. Poh Yun Ru’s Rewind, a motion tracking device to help the elderly rehabilitate and boost their memory, was considered the project that best encompassed the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD’s ‘Design for a Better Tomorrow’ theme. It surpassed 1,725 ​​other entries from 57 countries and regions to reach the top spot.

Rewind was chosen from a roster of 6 finalists, chosen for their ability to articulate the Lexus brand’s three core tenets: anticipate, innovate and captivate, and enhance happiness. Poh Yun Ru and the other finalists then spent 3 months developing their original proposals and creating prototypes under the highly skilled guidance of Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Yosuke Hayano and Sabine Marcelis – this year’s team of mentors for the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD. The finalists were then judged by the elite LEXUS DESIGN AWARD judging panel, consisting of Paola Antonelli, Anupama Kundoo, Bruce Mau and Simon Humphries. As a new addition to the awards program, the finalists also met one-on-one with the judges, receiving not only direct feedback on their work, but also career advice and tips for improvement.

Check out the other LEXUS DESIGN AWARD Finalist Designs here.

The idea for Rewind came to Poh Yun Ru after seeing her grandmother struggle with remembering basic daily tasks due to dementia and poor memory. Designed to evoke memories, Rewind uses motion tracking to guide seniors with dementia to recreate familiar gestures. Loosely based on the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’, Rewind allows the user to engage in activities that would otherwise come intuitively. By creating a platform that allows them to constantly practice these activities (and thereby even receive haptic feedback), Rewind helps rebuild the neural pathways that weaken with age.

The foundation of the Rewind experience is a handheld IoT device that works almost like an input device. Actions such as ironing, pouring, roasting spices, stirring, etc. are displayed on a screen and users have to mimic them with the handheld device in their hands. This is made easier because it is much safer for the elderly to work with a purpose-built appliance than with a real iron or heavy mortar. Sensors in the handheld device measure how users interact with it, and through this process of copying and repeating these actions, the elderly are re-acquainted with common physical actions and interactions, allowing their minds and bodies to get used to them. These features contributed to the design of the Rewind. The device is made minimal with no complex buttons or controls, intuitive to understand and use, and incredibly tactile, with a pattern that runs along the grip making it easy to hold and maneuver.

After winning the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022, Poh Yun Ru said: “I am extremely grateful that Rewind is now one step closer to improving the lives of more people. This could not have happened without the unwavering support of my mentors, my team of dedicated engineers, programmers, health professionals and users.This Lexus Design Award opportunity to turn a project into a real product has been nothing short of amazing, and I am encouraged to see so many passionate designers from around the world met and learned from the Lexus Design Award 2022 Grand Prix. It has been such a rewarding and inspiring journey and I am excited to continue designing for a better world and a better future for all.”

Check out the other LEXUS DESIGN AWARD Finalist Designs here.

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