The Department of Design at UNIST has once again been recognized for design excellence, worldwide. They announced that its new product design concept for elbow joint rehabilitation, called GOOPI has been awarded a ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best Award 2021‘ in the product design category.
Meanwhile, the Red Dot: Best of the Best is the top prize in the Red Dot Award: Design Concept, which is awarded for groundbreaking design. Besides, this prize is reserved for the best works in a category.
Proposed by Professor KwanMyung Kim and his design team in the Department of Design at UNIST, GOOPI is a data-driven elbow joint rehabilitation device. In particular, it has been designed to contribute to the recovery of upper limb rehabilitation patients, including people with hemiplegia, by providing accurate data-based rehabilitation services based on the data collected in the course of routine care both at homes and small-scale medical centers.
The current rehabilitation medical system does not provide sufficient medical service opportunities for upper limb rehabilitation patients, whose number is on the rise. GOOPI allows a single occupational therapist to manage several patients and gives quantitative evaluation to doctors, while patients can get customized exercise programs depending on their condition.
GOOPI is the result of a two-year study where they visited the occupational therapy clinics in local hospitals to get insights from specialists with the aim of improving issues, related to occupational therapy. This design project has been carried out by Jaehan Park, Yedam Ryu, and Malika Gabbas, Kwanmyung Kim under the supervision of Professor KwanMyung Kim.
First held in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is one of the world’s three major design awards along with the iF Design Award in Germany and the IDEA Award in the United States. This year, more than 4,000 works from 60 countries throughout the world were submitted for consideration.