Farshid Sarmast

Master of Creative Technologies

Farshid Sarmast completed his Master of Creative Technologies degree in August 2019 having worked on a smart wearables project with Textile and Design Lab commercial partner, Myovolt. The project, entitled ‘Design of a wearable vibration therapy device for relieving plantar fasciitis pain, based on the input of clinicians’, was based on a 3-dimensional knitted structure, which was designed to accommodate Myovolt’s vibrational therapy technology.

Farshid, in conjunction with Myovolt, was successful in acquiring a Callaghan Innovation Research and Development Fellowship grant, which enabled him to pursue his goal of working in partnership with a commercial organisation. During his project, he worked under the supervision of Dr Frances Joseph and Dr Lynne Taylor at AUT and collaborated closely with the Textile and Design Lab’s Senior Technician, Gordon Fraser, who produced numerous knitted prototypes of his designs. He also worked alongside Myovolt’s R+D team in Christchurch who provided him with valuable feedback and suggestions for improving the performance of the subsequent prototypes.

‘Gordon’s support was invaluable’, says Farshid. ‘He really helped me to develop my designs into working prototypes and as a result of this work, I have secured a 1-year contract in a related field. The challenges of knitting a one-piece device were numerous: creating a knitted structure that would accommodate the hardware with minimal movement after insertion; achieving the required shaping to enable parts of the hardware to protrude; acquiring the
desired aesthetics using a combination of yarns and colours; and achieving a snug fit around the foot.

Inserting the hardware into the knitted pocket

Inserting the hardware into the knitted pocket

Fitting the knitted device

Fitting the knitted device