The project Reinvigoration of Tapioca : Wealth from Waste, looks at the inquiry which is framed by the concept of ‘transience’ which can be defined quite specifically in terms of the rate at which our relationships turn over. Transient relationships have become a norm in an era where a mixture of advanced capitalism and industrialization have shaped societies and brought the onset of the sixth extinction. The endeavor of this project is to support the Sustainable Development Goals 3,11,12,14 &15 and the ultimate objective of this project is to discourage the use of plastic- based materials or products and encourage the use of agro or food waste based for the benefit of our biodiversity and the ecosystem.
Sustainable biopolymer materials were made from agro-waste and then designed to develop sustainable smart wearables in the medical industry, such as an ECG device and a biopotential temperature sensor. These wearables act as an alternative for the existing ECG and wearable temperature device, which is designed and fabricated out of synthetic materials. Through various collaborations between biopolymer experts, biomedical engineers, medical professionals, and product designers, extensive research and development were carried out throughout the experimentation phase and prototyping phase of the products. This project has been supported by NID Ford Foundation Grant and NDBI-SSIP.
Biodegradable, Biopotential sensors, Material innovation, Medical devices, Smart wearables