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The success of wearable technology depends on aesthetics, but with designers failing to grasp the baton can Apple make a difference with Beats and Nike.

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“We asked ourselves, what do users want and then looked for the materials and design concepts that can deliver that,” says Knopow. “We borrowed a lot from the automotive industry,” he adds, “and used ABS on the outside of the walker and ABS with a leather-like texture on the inside. It needed to look nice, but it also had to be as light or lighter than current walkers, which typically weigh around 15 pounds. The material and monocoque design helped us to achieve the aesthetic and structural integrity and weight that we wanted,” says Knopow. He and his partner have applied for a patent on hollow-plastic walker technology.”

petabush‘s insight:

I am all for choice and I am interested in new designs of anything that enables a journey from A to B. They’ve made it lighter –  that’s great! they’ve made it take up less room when packed in the car-  good good! … Yet I still feel they’ve missed a trick here.

Why in healthwear? well –  all these devices that  enable our walking such as rollators and sticks and crutches become a part of us, we wear them, as much as use them. Therefore designers do need to think about the wearability factor of such objects. 

So yes this is a move further down the road of desirable wearable health devices [sorry for pun] but if it answered a few more questions then this could have become a really innovative device.

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These 3D printed wrist splints are custom made so they fit the patient perfectly. They are strong, lightweight and inexpensive (once you have the equipment)

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Digital solutions are going to aid the modern consumer in the future for an experience that’s more in-line with their digital lifestyle, convenient and offers a surplus of information on an individuals health. Individuals will soon be able to lean on digitally connected solutions to not only diagnose, but prevent health problems.

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