Iris Van Herpen: The Alexander McQueen Of Tech Geeks | Co. Design.

Wow! Iris VAn Herpen’s new works combine 3D printing and sewing techniques to produce visually and sculpturally stunning garments.

via Co. design Suzanne Labarre

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TMD – Today’s Medical Developments : News.

 

 

 

TMD report on the use of 3D scanning techniques and RP in prosthetic design and fabrication.

Traditionally, making a prosthetic ear involves making a plaster casting of the good ear, and using that as a pattern for hand sculpting a mirror image for the opposite ear, which will be the pattern for the new ear. Now anaplastologists can send the plaster casting directly to DDI, who then scans it, mirrors the design digitally, and sends the file to be rapid prototyped. The new ear arrives within days, saving the anaplastologist a half day to a whole day of effort, which can be focused on higher value activity.

This helps in reducing costs, waiting times and offers greater accuracy.

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wearable fitness coach from Sebastiaan Pijnappel on Vimeo.

Engadget report on   a wearable device which helps improve your pitching technique. This obviously could have applications in a range of other activities, including health.

Pendant Phone By Josie Baker « FGadgets.

 

 

 

 

 

Seems like there’s a rash of wearable devices which clip onto clothing at the moment. Here’s another the pendant phone by Josie Baker. Magnets hold the device on (so not for those with pacemakers!) and its made in a silicone casing. Not usre how colours hwere chosen!!

 

Synthetic skin spun from spider silk | SmartPlanet.

spider dragline silk is being used as a new material for artificial skin. spider silk is 5 times stronger than kevlar, and is not rejected by the human body. researchers at Medical school Hannover in germany have managed to cultivate two types of skin cell types when placing them on silk meshes woven onto rectangular steel frames

via live science via smart planet

A Cast That Helps Fracture Patients Heal Faster | Co. Design.

Interesting concept by Pedro Nakazato Andrade. ‘Bones’ is a cast embedded with electromyographic sensors that capture muscle activity around the fracture area and dispatch the data to a health management site, where patients can track their progress. Also their results can be shared by doctors and other patients.

This hopes to promote the self management culture. At present enabling people to manage their health is the ‘hot potato’ of medicine. People still feel medicine should offer them a magic pill to cure-all.

Bones from Pedro Andrade on Vimeo.

via designtaxi.com

NewYu fitness monitor tracks wide range of activities | Health Tech – CNET News.

CNET reports on NewYu who have designed a wearable connected fitness monitor, which clips onto clothing.

 

again, it is interesting to see how they make it wearable – the use of a clip. there’s still a long way to go to make these artefacts work as adorning the body ( back to jewellery!!)

I’ve commented in the past of the use of grey for medical and health devices (grey is the new beige/magnolia version of health devices).