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Imogen Riding Hat

ATiC have been working with Cerebra to help design bespoke helmets. We assisted Dr Ross Head and the team by providing 3D scanning technology to map the size and shape of Imogens head to create unique protection for her. 

Imogen, aged 7, was born 11 weeks early with of cerebral palsy and hydrocephaly, an excessive swelling of the brain that means her head is wider than usual. Much of Imogen’s time is spend in a wheelchair, so riding is a source of real joy for her, she has been riding since she was 2 years old – but finding a helmet that fitted had proven impossible. 

All that changed when Dr Ross Head and the team at Cerebra Innovation Centre got involved. They were able to use 3D digital scanning to design a bespoke riding hat to keep Imogen safe in the saddle.

Harry throws a ball

Harry Flynn has lived with his assistance dog Addi since he was 9 years old. Now he's 11, Addi has proved a real help in his life, opening doors, picking up items that Harry drops. But most importantly he's a real friend for Harry and also encourages him to go outside for walks.

All Harry wants to be able to do is play with Addi by throwing a ball but due to his disability, he isn't able to. So Dr Ross Head and the team from Cerebra Innovation Centre have stepped in help inclusively design a way for Harry to launch a ball for Addi. With some 3D printing help from ATiC.

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Living with Dementia

A new film by Kimberley Littlemore at 'e-health digital' about living with dementia and examining it from a first person perspective.

The ATiC team assisted with mobile #eyetracking in an experiment with Kimberley’s parents who are both living with dementia.]

Can we better support adults to live independently?

"Theres a whole world of technology and resource, human and digitalm that can come together that can help people living with dementia, and support the people looking after them and working with them. Better support and better care, that's the purpose!" Kimberley says.

If you're interested in helping us develop a series of films that will help people living with dementia, please get in touch: