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
The challenge of the Infinite EEG project was to develop a new EEG monitor assembly for use in ICU and CCU. Our process included research, design development, 3D CAD, mechanical engineering, and prototype development. The final design is countertop and IV pole ready, contains a simplified electrode array for easy deployment.
Global Prime Healthcare was looking to add an innovative thermometer to their product line to cater to infants and children, particularly sleeping babies. Our design integrates a digital LCD screen onto the ergonomic device, complete with an intuitive guidance system to secure positioning and confirm accurate results. Our vision was to have an approachable, straightforward design with the benefits of being non-contact to reduce the spread of germs. Simply press the button to engage the harmless
Here's a serious question for parents-to-be: Do you find yourselves becoming increasingly frustrated that you don't really know the baby growing inside you or your partner until it's born? You aren't able to experience your baby with sight or touch until it finds its way out of the womb—isn't this
In case you weren't looking for adventurous and fast acting resources for soul crushing anxiety back in 2015, let me put you on some weird but promising Japanese game. Think of how babies chill out when they're swaddled up, or, for you fellow non-parents, remember that cat burrito meme? Otonamaki
The RapidRhythm device is held to a patient’s chest to diagnose AF and other major cardiac conditions. Data is relayed to a LCD touchscreen displaying a high resolution multichannel ECG trace and wirelessly downloaded for further analysis by a physician. The device conducts a full 8 or 12 lead ECG measurement and can be used in a number of clinical settings. It gives high definition video guidance to the user on how to conduct the test, requires less training time for GPs, doctors and nurses tha
Renfrew Group, in partnership with the NHS unveiled the innovative modular children’s wheelchair ‘Chair 4 Life’ system designed to address the unmet needs of disabled children and young adults at NHS Expo in April 2013. The Chair4Life (C4L) initiative was developed by the NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC) in response to clear statements of clinical need from users, carers and health experts.
At Artefact, we believe industrial design cannot exist in a vacuum. Each connected device – from your couch to your fitness bracelet, the hospital room to your wallet – demands we think about connected experiences. The shape and form of our design impacts the object’s meaning as much as the
Are you sad? Tired? Dry and blotchy... emotionally? If you don't live in a sauna-competent culture and do live in a dark place, winter can be grueling and depressing. Vitamin D and exercise only do so much, but the SAD lamps on offer aren't much to cheer about. The
What's the opposite of the singularity? How about the idea that multiple species on the planet are secretly capable of conversation, they just won't talk to us? Researchers at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute are creeping out anyone ready to listen with a Science Advances report showing that macaque monkeys
The conventional wisdom is that staring into screens will eventually worsen your eyesight. But a company called Innovision Labs reckons they can improve your vision with their smartphone/tablet app, called GlassesOff. Train your eyes for three 10-minute sessions per week, they claim, and in a matter of months you can
Winx is an innovative medical device for treating obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep-related breathing disorder. The system operates by applying a gentle negative pressure through a novel mouthpiece to urge airway-obstructing tissues (soft palate and tongue) forward, thereby keeping the airway open during sleep. Winx consists of a quiet bedside console connected to a fitted mouthpiece with small flexible tubing. The console generates the negative pressure, collects excess saliva, and provid
If you want to fix a busted femur the new fashioned way, it might start off a little squishy. 'Hyperelastic Bone' is a newly proposed method for healing bone, and it has some particularly modern elements. First off it's 3D printed, and second it's a lot softer than the bones
PGA TOUR season is approaching, and you know what that means—new golf swag. This year's line-up includes Nike's new Lunar Control Vapor shoes, which will be worn by Rory Mcllroy at the HSBC Champions event. Nike Lunar Control Vapors. Image via PGA TOURThe shoes feature a traction system that was
This is the best of what design has to offer: A simple, presumably inexpensive device that easily solves a problem millions of people have through brilliant mastery of materials and form. Injecting yourself with a needle, as millions of diabetics need to do often, sucks. You have to have
Goby is a NYC based startup looking to revolutionize the oral care industry. They came to Prime Studio because of our proven track record of successfully working with startups. They had no prior product development experience and realized that they needed our guidance not only on the product design, but with helping understand consumers needs, finding and vetting manufacturers, navigating the intellectual property landscape and how to launch successfully.
The medical device space is a slow-moving behemoth bogged down by regulation and in need of disruptive ideas and design innovation. In recent years, we've seen a number of interesting ideas emerge in the space from designing handwashing to the ways that rapid prototyping has transformed prosthetics. As the medical
Imagine the moment a baby is born. In a complications-free birth, the infant is delivered to the safety of its mother's arms where it feels the mother's heartbeat, rises and falls with the mother's breath, snuggles into and smells the mother's skin, and hears the mother's voice. Several medical studies
"It's an exciting time to be a designer in healthcare," says IDSA Medical Design Conference 2016 Co-Chair Bill Evans, IDSA, adding that industrial design "will play a pivotal role."
While Butler’s revolutionary in-home HIV test kits should have offered users some important answers, the kits’ confusing design and instructions led to fear and user error instead. Unwilling to let the kits’ reduced accuracy level go unchecked, Butler turned to THRIVE for a more user-friendly solution. While studying the product experience, we found that, at best, the process was uncomfortable; and at worst, the potential for error made it terrifying. More specifically, many potential users were
Modo designs and builds products that make healthcare more affordable, more effective, and more human. Our customers include Intuitive Surgical, Medtronic, Philips and GE Healthcare. We hold the same design awards as Apple, NIKE and BMW. Our designers work closely with senior managers around the world. There is no better place to learn about research, business, design and how to make a difference. Everything we do makes lives better around the world every day.
The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices organization is is recruiting for a Senior Industrial Designer who is passionate about improving the quality of people's lives through compelling design experiences. This position will be located within our Medical Devices campus in Raynham, MA. With worldwide sales of over $27 billion, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices is one of the world’s largest, most innovative surgical companies.
While you were busy doodling hover cars and sharpening your Wacom stylus, William Broadway developed a final year project that might save millions of lives. Annually. His project, the ISOBAR, aims to help temperature stabilize vaccines for safer delivery in regions with hot climates or barriers to delivery. The cold
Cardboard Helicopter developed a digital inhaler to include a digital readout to allow patients to know more about the inhaled dosage, the amount of pumps that remain, as well as insight about the optimal moments to use the device, all in real time. The intuitive application was also developed to detect impairment in medication usage, and boasts enhanced product stability and increased lung penetration of the medication.
Since acquiring the rights to EpiPen in 2007, pharmaceutical company Mylan has raised the wholesale price of a two-pack from around 100 bucks to over $600. This trend will only continue, because the drug companies know there's not a damn thing anyone can do about it. Or is there?
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