Has anyone ever thought of the hospital or doctor's office experience as pleasant, easy and comprehensive? Probably not. Does your doctor's office or local hospital look anything like this? Or this? Or this? Probably not. Let's face it—medical spaces need a facelift, from furnishings to digital screens to the
Yesterday at my photo studio, the photographer showed up with an ankle injury and on crutches. This being a product shoot requiring precise placement of the lights, it took him at least twice as long to get the set-up he desired, as he had to clutch the crutches with his
Most people think of Honda as a car and motorcycle company, but they view themselves as a mobility company. That's why, nearly 20 years ago, an internal team of engineers was formed to help a subset of people who are functionally immobile: Stroke victims. By adapting the technology from their
Access+Ability is an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on view now through Sept. 3, 2018. It features products, projects and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive and sensory—in an effort to improve their ability to lead independent lives and engage with the world.
For anyone who has experienced it firsthand, a visit to the gynecologist can easily be a dreaded one. Some purport the experience to be so awkward, they skip the opportunity to visit a doctor entirely, which can be seriously detrimental to a woman's overall health. Last week designers at frog
Here's your chance to contribute to a Kickstarter where you can not only get some sweet product, but you can also support a company that harnesses the power of design to save babies' lives. Design That Matters, Tim Prestero's nonprofit design firm (which produces our Design Experience That Matters
HSD Ventures is currently developing LOA™, a lightweight and innovative full-face CPAP mask and app aimed at providing simplicity, comfort, and optimized airflow to people living with Sleep Apnea. Unlike traditional masks, which typically involve tubing extending from the front of the face, LOA’s pressurized air flows from the nose cup through tube channels flanking the patient’s cheekbones. The tube channels comfortably route around the user’s ears and terminate in an easily accessible location
If you were my boss at an animal design firm and I submitted you this proposal sketch for a climbing animal, you'd probably think about firing me. There's nothing in the structure of this animal that suggests it would be good at scaling things. Well, maybe you've seen these photos that National Geo ran last year by photographer Adriano Migliorati:
The Vectra WB360 is the world’s first 3D whole-body imaging solution. Designed for medical use, this innovative system images nearly the entire skin surface in macro-quality resolution with a single capture. After years in development, Canfield Scientific and HS Design collaborated to bring the concept to life in a form that is open, user friendly, and aligns with Canfield’s award winning brand identity. Using a combination of augmented reality and 3D CAD, the team created a system to house the
Sympfiny™ is an innovative pharmaceutical delivery system for dosing and dispensing multiparticulate, dry powder, and microsphere, drug formulations for oral delivery. It is the first delivery device to dose the same as traditional liquid dispensers, creating an intuitive and user-friendly experience. The Institute for Pediatric Innovation, sponsored by Pfizer, awarded the HSD team a grant to explore novel dosing and
If our eyes are the windows to the soul, are the ears opaque and impassive? Or is it possible those flexible pieces of cartilage could also take an active role in communicating our thoughts and feelings? Can they also express opinions? PHUB OFF! by Hollie Chan explores "phubbing", the social
Cardboard Helicopter Product Design has created an enclosure and base for a medical power pack. The pack has an exoskeleton made of stainless steel and injection molded plastic cover. Indicator and led screen to read out battery life and timer.
Does United States FDA regulatory approval mean a medical device is safe and effective in low resource settings? The short answer is no. In developing countries, 95% of western medical equipment is broken within 5 years. In fact,only 30% of this donated equipment is ever even turned on. To enable
The SetPoint device is designed to utilize nerve signaling for the treatment of arthritis. SetPoint Medical hired Pulse to develop a clean ergonomic solution for their implant-stimulating inductive coupling collar. Pulse also worked with the SetPoint team designing the UI for their device management app on the iOS 7 platform.
U.S. healthcare is a divisive topic. We Americans can agree that our system could be a lot better, but we can't agree on how to effect changes. Paradoxically, this will improve the design of overseas hospitals. Not just the way that they operate, but their very design. As for the
Goddard entered into a partnership with Hill-Rom and Allen Medical to design and develop a next generation operating table specifically for spine procedures. The process began with our team working closely with Allen Medical’s to evaluate the current approaches and procedures used by surgeons in the Operating Room (OR). We participated in ongoing patient cases to observe how the existing tables were being used and interviewed surgeons and physicians’ assistants to better understand the use case.
While going for her Masters at the Royal College of Arts' Design Products Programme, Danielle Clode devised an interesting project that's part prosthetic and part conversation starter: The Third Thumb. By 3D printing in disparate materials and rigging up the mechanicals, Clode created a workable, functional limb extension. Here's
Did you know that Lowe's had a robotic innovation lab? Well you've been missing out. While we've been hand wringing over creepy new cyberdogs and oddly graceful rollerskaters Lowe's has calmly been rolling out a robot exosuit for its human employees. The Lowe's Innovation Lab started its human+ journey
This is the story of how we interpreted four design principles for Firefly, and how user feedback gave us confidence that we were on the right track.
When sifting Coroflot for interesting projects and design thinking to highlight, we usually skew towards work that has at least made it to prototyping. Conceptual ideas are important, but they're like [a rude analogy]: everybody's got them. That said, the AR Cane concept caught my attention by answering a familiar
Varian's ProBeam™ proton therapy system uses protons rather than X-rays to treat cancerous tumors with great precision. It is effective for certain types of cancers and can treat with a high dose of radiation to the tumor, while delivering lower radiation to the surrounding healthy tissue. Elemental8's treatment of the Varian ProBeam proton therapy system is an integrated solution to numerous design, engineering, and usability challenges, while treating a room-sized medical system with an attent
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. 3M has a long-standing reputation as a company committed to innovation. We provide the freedom to explore and encourage
Designed to easily optimize inventory, minimize stockouts, and reduce missing doses with smart drawers that have 50% more capacity compared with similar units on the market. The cabinets securely store medications with durable metal locking lid drawers, and prevent medication mix-ups with the integrated Medication Label Printer.
Happy 4/20! To celebrate the dankiest day of the year, we'll be taking a mini tour through the elevated design of the contemporary cannabis industry. Have you ever wondered how people in those states do things? How do weed stores work? Or why is vaping such a thing? How do
To monitor their glucose, diabetics must regularly prick their finger, then insert test strips into devices that look like Nokia designed them in the '90s: Then they've got to log the figures. It's a decidedly clinical experience performed with undesirable devices. Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa is addressing this problem
Biomimicry and bioengineering have lost some of their buzzword luster in design circles, but the IRL applications are still going strong. To continue fighting the shortage of viable organ donations, researchers around the world are experimenting with lab grown options. But some tissues and muscles are harder to synthesize than
Activ5 is a bluetooth enabled portable workout device and mobile app that coaches user through low impact, isometric based workouts in as little as 5 minutes per day. It features a durable form factor that measures up to 200 pounds of pressure. The portable fitness device fits in your pocket and works to tones and strengthens your muscles.
Morticians are a class of unsung heroes in most societies. Mortuary arts dovetail technical medical knowhow, painstaking practical effects, and the excruciating job of trying to please grieving families. Preserving and presenting bodies is particularly difficult in cases where the deceased passed under physically disruptive circumstances. Whether involved in
Wellnest is the creator of the worlds first medical wearable using Alexa, Amazon's smart technology. We are proud to be the design partner in bringing this project to life. Our goal was to develop a groundbreaking design that would enable users to easily track there daily medicine needs. Our concept design features a slim band that is evocative of modern fashion wearables. The design seemlessly blends into your everyday style.
Did you naively think cyborg technology was relegated to anime and future generations? Think again, and consider investing. The new Neuralink Corp. made waves yesterday after a report in the Wall Street Journal announcing its intention to advance Brain Computer Interface (BCI) systems via cortical implants. Their proposed type of
In most densely populated cities, smog is nothing to sneeze at. Kids are particularly at risk from airborne pollutants, but getting them on board with wearing annoying safety gear is even harder than with adults. To help get kids more invested in the boring and uncomfortable world of smog ventilators,
It's no secret cannabis consumption is becoming more and more mainstream. Over here in the US, we're seeing laws changing and joints freely blazing. In response to this transition, designers have been able to express their curiosity around the emerging—and quite profitable—market. From designing packaging for edibles to crazy dispensary
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