Degree Show 2018

Billy Searle

  • 15 Grey London - Design Intern
  • 16 EAR Yoshino - Junior Product Designer
  • 17 LSU - Junior Designer
  • 18 Diploma in Professional Studies
  • 17 Global Studio Worldwide Project
  • Challenges for the future of connected homes and the implications for industrial designers

New Designers 2018


A fun, inclusive, physiotherapy aid, improving motor skills and speed of information processing

Industrial Design and Technology student, Billy Searle, was inspired to design Mylo through his personal experience with his 24-year-old sister, Jess, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, which places a heavy strain on her independence due to the limited use of her legs.

Despite the constraints on her freedom, last year she set herself a challenge of walking a mile. However, as a result of completing her task she has suffered the consequences of extreme muscle spasms. For the time-being, she has been forced to retire from carrying out physically draining exercises. This very personal story motivated Billy to develop a solution that allows Jess to improve aspects of her mental fitness and dexterity levels.

This unique spherical device features a series of games accessible via an app. The design uses a dial, illuminated buttons, light sensors, speakers and microphones to make the experience as truly interactive and fun as possible. The dial aims to replicate torque in real-world situations (such as opening a jar) by improving muscle memory through fun rehabilitation exercises. The shape is designed to encourage the user to explore the controller visually in order to progress with the game. This encourages physical interaction rather than screenfocused play.

Mylo aims to improve hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and speed of information processing, whilst also seeking to create a sense of inclusion into society. Not only can the whole family have fun playing together, Mylo builds bridges between able-bodied users and those with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, creating a more inclusive experience.

Billy plans to refine the concept further and design a smaller alternative for one-handed users as well as an adaptive design for deaf and blind users. Currently, he intends to travel and is working on a freelance basis in design.