The Cool Cape: A Nature-Inspired Wearable Water Bottle That Cools You Down
School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Sustainable Design Certificate Program
Student: Elizabeth Lee
Faculty: Tetsu Ohara
Increasingly frequent heatwaves put many at risk of heat-related illness. In this project, I used the principles of biomimicry to design a low-cost, low-energy intervention to aid with personal cooling. I applied thermoregulation techniques used by animals in the natural world to create a wearable water bottle that lowers basal body temperature via augmented convective cooling, while encouraging regular hydration, addressing two important factors that contribute to heat-related illness.