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Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)

Antonia Jara-Contreras

I am an innovation designer, maker & researcher passionate about combining science and design. I bring in a strong background in diverse design fields, such as design engineering, strategic design, design interaction, environmental and industrial design. I have experience executing large companies’ innovation challenges and co-creating meaningful high-impact solutions.  

I co-founded together with three Innovation Design Engineering fellows the innovative company SaltyCo. A sustainable textile brand with a unique vision –to reduce global freshwater consumption by offering alternative freshwater-free textiles. 

Independent Awards & Exhibitions

Project Mindseye, Finalist, Grand Challenge Competition 2018, CERN & RCA

Triciclo Veloz Award 2017, Idemax, Chile

Project D-Casket, National Design Biennial Exhibition 2017, Santiago, Chile

Project D-Casket, published in book 6, Design Biennial in Alert 2017, Chile    

SaltyCo Awards & Exhibitions

Semi-finalist, Mayor of London Entrepreneur Award 2020 (Ongoing) 

Creative and Consumer Heats Winner and Finalist 2020, Venture Catalyst Challenge

Runner-Up ‘Design for Social Impact’ 2020, Core77 

4th Place Community Award 2020, Green Concept Award 

Moving to Mars Symposium, Design Museum, 2020

Architect @ Work Exhibition, Bilbao, 2020 

Green Product Award Exhibition, IHM Munich, 2020

Work in Progress Exhibition, Royal College of Art, 2020 

Work in Progress Exhibition, Imperial College London, 2020  





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Degree Details

School of Design

Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)


Able is the first tracking wristband that uses the correlation of emotion-pain to improve the quality of life of chronic pain bearers. It educates the user about the critical role that emotions play in pain triggers and empowers them with personalised pain patterns to better plan their activities.

Today, 20% of the worldwide population suffers from chronic or persistent pain. Persistent pain is both invisible and misunderstood, and people feel stigmatised and blamed for it. The majority gets incredibly frustrated because they don’t understand why it hurts or what caused it, and most healthcare professionals don’t hold the answer either. Conclusively, chronic pain bearers are three times more likely to develop other disorders, such as anxiety and depression.
Furthermore, one of the biggest disappointments of people with persistent pain is the deprivation of doing activities they want to do. Able will empower them to be in control of their pain by notifying positive emotional states to maximise daily activities. With Able, chronic pain bearers have the opportunity for a life better lived.

The App

The system

The wristband will start reading biometric data and detect negative or positive emotions that will get stored in Able's interface. In the scenario of a positive case, Able will vibrate alerting the user about being in a painless window so that they can take advantage of it. With the stored information, the user will have access to its emotional and pain pattern behaviours for future use.

The Prototypes

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