Engineering students at the University of Sussex were given the project to design products that solve real problems. Student Diane McSweeney designed Pulse jewelry that uses heat to ease the aches and pains of conditions such as rheumatism and Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Ms. McSweeney is a Raynaud’s sufferer and was inspired to design a product for fashion-conscious women rather than the usual copper bands and magnetic bracelets. Her concept involves direct contact with pulse points in the wrists and neck, providing relief via heat element patches built into the jewelry. “Heat therapy for Raynaud’s sufferers, for example, reduces swelling and increases blood flow to the problem areas,” says Ms. McSweeny.
The designs are on display at the London New Designers Show in July.