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Xinyang Tan

MA work

The project is to design a wearable device for children with Muscular Dystrophy (MD), mild level Cerebral Palsy (CP) or related Neromuscular diseases to encourage and support them to complete their movements, by providing automatic strength to muscles. It was common to see children with MD or Hemiplegia trying so hard to raise their hands in order to reach spoons to mouths. What if there is a device which can be attached on their body and offer them extra force to help them reach higher, move further and complete their movements?

The project applies a mini mechanical system to imitate flexion and extension of human muscles. It will be triggered by several sensors which detect the muscle signal. Generally, when the user is about to rising the arm, signal will increase in a specific muscle. Then the mechanical system will be activated to add extra strength on this muscle to cooperate release or contraction.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2016

  • I consider myself as a combination of 70 per cent designer and 30 per cent engineer. Not only have I excellent 3D modelling and rendering skills, and I can also apply the Internet of Things to establish functional interaction with sensors, apps and other digital tools. 

    In addition, I have participated in various commercial projects as a Design Engineer, Product Designer or UX designer. I have also worked on start-up project and have had the chance of building practical products from the ground up, negotiating with manufacturers, asking for samples and modifying product details to lower costs (without affecting product quality). Therefore, I have an excellent understanding of the product manufacturing process. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Industrial Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2010
  • Experience

  • Internship, Healthcare Project, Beijing Fromd Design Consultancy Ltd. Beijing, 2014; Designer, Healthcare Product Development, Walk With Path Ltd. London, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Imperial Festival, London, 2016; China International Design Biennale for University Students, Beijing, 2013
  • Awards

  • Treloar's Award 2016 Design for children with physical impairment