Jonathan Maillie is a creative young student working towards a Bachelor of Engineering in the discipline of Product Design, delivered collectively by the world renowned institutions of the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow. Jonathan is also from Glasgow, a city synonymous with engineering innovation, and throughout his educational career has consistently taken an interest in the sciences and design. Always keen to understand how products work, on discovering the course in PDE he relished the opportunity to combine the dynamic mediums of engineering and design. Jonathan looks to develop the skills and knowledge he has gained through this course and multiple work experience positions to forge a career in product design. To further expand his skill set he will be embarking on a Design and Marketing postgraduate course in the coming year.
Alongside technology and design, the biggest influence on, and constant in, Jonathan’s life has been sport. From a young age he participated in rugby, hockey and swimming and now is member of the Glasgow University Tigers American Football team. Throughout his studies, the opportunity to influence the fast paced innovation in engineering and design in sports has been a key driver, allowing him to combine his two passions.
A long list of injuries eventually prevented Jonathan from playing the sports he loved most, namely rugby. This, coupled with a strong desire to remain involved in the sporting world, inspired Precision Contact, a smart sports wearable designed to approach the increasing injury rate in modern rugby and other contact sports, and the response to it.
Precision Contact aims to tackle this problem through accurate visualisation of the impact on athletes in contact sports and create a better informed, streamlined injury recovery/rehabilitation process. It boasts thousands of pressure sensing areas, fitted to a compression style garment, whose data output is powered, collected and transmitted by an unobtrusive hub incorporated into the sports wearable. The product maps the various impacts given and taken by a professional or amateur level player and produces a visually engaging, informative pressure map displaying highly technical insights into the wearer.
As a product designed to address injury at all levels of the game, this could not only make players more injury conscious as they play, but also improve their interaction with team staff and sports researchers as they look to recover and return to play quicker than ever.