Degree Show 2018

Emily Knott

  • 17 - Display Logistics
  • 18 Diploma in Professional Studies
  • 17 Global Studio Worldwide Project
  • 15 Foundation Diploma in 3D Design
  • The biomimetic study of how a woodpeckers structure can help impact resistance

New Designers 2018


Encouraging people with dementia to eat

Final year Industrial Design and Technology student, Emily Knott, has designed Roma, a meal reminder for people with dementia. The device uses music and aroma diffusing technology to provide an easy to understand signal to people with dementia, reminding them that it is time to eat.

Emily was inspired to design Roma, after her Nana was diagnosed with early onset dementia last year. Through her experience she discovered that over 85% of dementia patients are encouraged to stay in their own homes once dialogised, but this can present problems when it comes to taking care of every day activities such as remembering to eat.

Through subsequent research she uncovered Pavlov’s Classical Conditioning theory which explains that the brain can make new association between events in an environment with music being played. So she set to work to understand how to make the connection between the music and a physical reminder that encourages users to eat.

Roma establishes a connection in the mind between aroma and hunger, so that current eating habits can be maintained for people who have early / mid stages of dementia. At mealtimes, the savoury aroma begins diffusing for one hour by heating one of the three glass bottles that contain an oil based liquid concentrate. Simultaneously, the device plays the chosen melody which will, in time, act as an association that triggers hunger.

The device is completely customisable, discrete and encourages users to remain as independent as possible. It is refilled once a month and can be set up by either the patient or carer very quickly. Emily would love the opportunity to develop the product further and her dream would be to take it to market in a hope of helping other sufferers of this disease worldwide.