Hannes Harms is set to complete his MA/MSC at the prestigious Royal College of Art this year, and his graduation project is a worthy complement to Ergonomidesign's "miniMe," which we saw yesterday. Harms's ultrasound concept is a perfect example of a 'specialized device' within a future health ecosystem:
"Sono" is a concept of a mobile and wireless sonography-system, which does not just enable an uncommitted handling of the probe but also enables an unlimited connectivity to installed screens in modern hospitals... the "Sono"-probe becomes a wireless daily diagnosis device and perfectly fits into the doctors' pocket. It is to be seen as the modern stethoscope, since vital functions and heart-beats are precisely to be monitored with modern ultrasound as well.
This way, the doctor doesn't just get an auditive feedback on the patients heartrate, but can directly see a visualization next to the ultrasound image.
The ergonomic handle of the screen device enables the doctor to carry the optional display unit with him or to place it at the patients bed table. Therefor he can use the foldable stand on the backside.
As with Harms' previously-seen "NutriSmart" food concept, he's looking years, if not decades, into the future. Still, the renderings and video are convincing enough to ground the works in the present: hardware and cost aside, the "Sono" simply integrates existing diagnostic technology into a single device.
During the last 5 years, medical ultrasound technology took giant steps forward. If a patient gets into the hospital, seconds can decide about his health and his future sickness. This is why the demand for mobile diagnosis devices is getting bigger and bigger. In times of miniaturization of diagnosis devices, the quality of modern ultrasound-systems has increased enormously throughout the last years. Autarkic sound-circles and new bandwidths are going to enable probes to be run wireless.
It's an interesting concept for sure, but if Harms has difficulty finding ID work, we're sure he can find voiceover gigs: