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Run Silence, run green

December 29, 2010



Run Silence, run green.



Philips – new value by Design December 2010 – Philips Lifeline AutoAlert.

A series of user research sessions and concept iterations gave detailed insights into the frustrations and challenges that elderly users faced with their current help buttons. “Our research showed us that many users do not wear their help buttons all the time,” said Stephen Heath, Creative Director at Philips Design. “They are conscious of feeling stigmatized by the device and viewed it as a visible symbol of their frailty. The challenge was to incorporate new technology and performance features to enable auto fall detection without compromising acceptance,” he says. “It was important that their specific needs were translated into a final solution that met the physical, functional and emotional preferences of this very specific demographic of users.”








Almost Genius: Robotic Arm Cuff Works Like a Wearable Therapist | Co.Design.

Fire your shrink. Jens Dyvik, a freelance designer in Holland, has created a therapeutic robot that provides more intimate psychological coddling than you ever knew you needed. That’s because you wear it.

Ref is a haptic creature that straps onto your wrist and twists, curls, and nuzzles against your skin in response to changes in your pulse. The movements are designed to soothe, to “help people become familiar with their emotional world,” Dyvik says and, by extension, calm their demons. Would something like this work? Well, the simple act of being more aware of your emotions and stress levels has a long history in psychology and even Buddhism — it’s the main tenet behind both Cognitive Behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation. Once you know you’re having negative emotions, they become far easier to fix. Dyvik has details:

When the users mind balancing capabilities progress, Ref’s behaviour changes from alert and coaching to relaxed and playful. If the user is stressed, its head is raised and its tail straight. If the user is in balance, its head rests on the users arm and its tail curls up. … Ref can also coach the user in practising a mind balancing breathing pattern. Ref’s wings makes a wavelike touch sensation up the users arm for an inhale cue, and down the arm for an exhale cue.


Dyvik showed a working prototype of Ref at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show in October. For more info, visit his Web site here.











Otivio : Medical Device for Combating Hyperthermia in Acute Stroke | Industrial Design and Future Technology – Tuvie.

‘The arm unit Otivio prevents hyperthermia in stroke patients, reducing mortality and disability. This is accomplished by cooling down and stabilizing the body temperature over a 24-hour period after the stroke patient arrives at hospital. The unit consists of two main components: a disposable glove and an outer shell. Temperate water circulates in the disposable glove while negative pressure is generated in the outer shell. The pulsating pressure expands the veins in the patient’s arm. This increases skin blood flow locally, while the water acts as an effective heat-transfer medium. Treating just the arm can cool down the entire body.

Otivio is connected to an external control unit with two small tubes providing continuous temperate water flow. The control unit is also responsible for generating the pulsating pressure.’




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