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Innovative design and technology consultancy Cambridge Design Partnership has cemented its reputation for the highest design standards by being awarded two ‘Red Dot: Design Concept’ Awards. Both were received for the team’s work developing the First Response Monitor, a novel wearable connected device which measures and broadcasts patients’ vital signs for instant analysis by medics in emergencies.

The Red Dot Awards are the biggest and most respected design awards in the world. In the Life Science category, First Response Monitor received the ‘Red Dot: Best of the Best’ Award – an accolade given to groundbreaking design that is considered the best work in a category. The second ‘Red Dot’ Award was in the Communication category, which recognises design and apps that showcase excellent communication solutions.

Cambridge Design Partnership’s First Response Monitor is a small device that clips onto a patient’s nose and provides ‘at-a-glance’ displays of both heart rate and respiratory rate. Data can be collected from multiple monitors and displayed through trends graphs on a single mobile device. Cambridge Design Partnership combined its expertise in user-centred design, electronics and software engineering, low-cost miniaturised sensing and connected devices with extensive experience of medical device development to create the novel technology.

The Red Dot Design Concept competition recognises innovative products that are not yet launched on the market but that showcase a high degree of innovation, clear aesthetic quality and excellent design. Almost 5,000 entries from 60 countries were judged, with only 6% of entries going on to receive a coveted Red Dot Award, of which only 42 won a ‘Best of the Best’ Award. 

Commenting on the award win, Mike Cane, Founder, Cambridge Design Partnership, said: “Winning two awards in a globally respected and prestigious design competition is tremendous and our team is exceptionally proud of this achievement. The First Response Monitor is a great example of what can be achieved when you combine diverse skills sets and expertise, in this case connected device development and medical product design. Cambridge Design Partnership has always taken a multidisciplinary approach when creating products and services and it’s fantastic that this strength has been recognised through these awards.”

The award ceremony will be held on 22nd September 2016, at the Singapore Red Dot Design Museum, where the winning designs will go on display for the rest of the year.

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