Silver Ring Splint

May 30, 2011

Silver Ring Splint.

Silver Splints

Digisplints

There are a few silver splint companies (globally) offering  a variety of silver splints to manage particular joint conditions.

If you like silver and conventional jewellery then these are a great option. Being long-wearing as well, these are worth the orignal outlay if you have a long term condition.

I applaud any initiative that offers more choice to a person when they have no choice but to wear a device.

Gucci to Launch Eco-Friendly Eyewear Made From Castor Seeds | Ecouterre.

Its just interesting to see eyewear (one of the origninal wearable medical devices) now being offered with  a sustainable material (not wanting to get into the debate of sustainable right now), and by a well known fashion brand at that.

Eyeglasses are the model of wearable medical devices, they have succeeded in transcending the stigma of disability and ‘poor health’. The range of choice and the service available far transcend that available for any other wearable medical device.

And therein lies the rub!

Conference Presentation – People ARE the Product | mattDiamanti.

Good to see the human and humane being brought into the equation. Diamanti’s talk covers: web 3.0.;  the singularity (he finds it terrifying); healthcare and experience design…

… and a new world view alternative developed within fields such as ‘ecology, moral psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics’ – ‘a world as life’ worldview

This is health.

May 27, 2011

This is health

is Future well’s weekly theme where they hope to explore what this compex concept is. I look forward to future posts.


Point Locus: Wearable Tactile Pathfinder.

A waistcoat or vest used to enable visually impaired people to negotiate their way in their environment.

The video on the site also includes feedback from people using the device, which offers a ‘human’ perspective -so often missing from design development.

slim avocado

May 27, 2011

slim avocado.

Krisitn Neidlinger’s work can defy description, she works within the fields of technology, art, design, adornment, performance, communication and healing.

The InflataCorset below is described as:

‘InflataCorset is an inflatable corset, exo-layer that inflates
internally when heart reaches the startled, excited state. The external
pressure on the skin, calms the nervous system or sensorium which
creates sensory deprivation. It also enhances posture as it contains
uniform pressure to support the spinal column.

This was designed for people with Sensory Processing Disorder. This
covers the range from ADHD to Autism. The effects of instant relaxation
can be applied to greater populations.’

Apart from my own delight in her works, they work for me in their exploration of what is and could be possible for human prosthetics. They also demonstrate the potential of transdisciplinary approaches to the themes which she works with.

YouTube – Examined Life – Judith Butler & Sunaura Taylor 720p.avi.

I came to watch this video after being invited to attend group discussions around the issues of physical disability in culture and literature. These begin tonight and continue on the 8 June and 22 June.

Initial thoughts/notes

the video  made me again think about embodiments –  how we see ourselves and how our bodies inform us of who and what we are.

how we interpret that could change?

considering prosthetics (in its widest sense) and how some of these are seen as stigmatising to the wearer/user; solely because of the perceptions around disability, (ill)health and aging that exist culturally around us.

I will write more on this at a later date…