A wristband which looks like a fashion accessory has been designed to help menopausal women by regulating and alleviating hot flushes.
As our friends at design news site Dezeen report, the bracelet was designed by Loughborough University graduate Peter Astbury, and was nominated for the UK edition of the recent James Dyson Award, recognising university students and graduates in product design, industrial design and engineering.
The wristband is decorated with a geometric metal casing and an interchangeable leather strap. But inside, it uses an integrated cooling system to specifically target hot flushes – one of the main problems experienced during menopause.
Astbury told Dezeen he noticed a gap in the market for menopause relief products and wanted to create a design that would provide women with an effective solution, while also helping to break down “cultural taboos”.
“At the onset of a hot flush, the body’s thermoregulatory system is falsely triggered and acts to lose heat. This causes sweating, a rise in heart rate, shortness of breath and a reddening of skin,” the designer told Dezeen.
“Besides being a deeply uncomfortable experience, this is also embarrassing and inconvenient, striking at any time – day or night.”
When the wearer’s wristband detects an unusual temperature, a cooling mechanism is triggered on the underside of the wrist to replicate the sensation of running your wrists under cold water – a technique commonly used by women to provide instant relief from flushes, according to Astbury.
Further explanation is available on the Dezeen site, along with more photographs of the device.
Here’s a video, which also explains the concept further.