August 22, 2011
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.
August 13, 2011
Lucy McRae works with Harvard biologist Sheref Mansy to create Swallowable Parfum. On swallowing a digestible capsule, your skin then excretes fragrance molecules during perspiration, becoming a ‘biologically enhanced second skin’.
Lucy McRae has explored these boundaries of skin, fashion and tech-science.
She has previously worked with Bart Hess, together working with the themes of prosthesis, body and fashion
August 11, 2011
It has been some time since I looked at Leah Heiss’s work. Its great to see the number of different projects she has now developed, using a collaborative process. The outcomes are therapeutic jewellery and electronic garments through to large scale installations. Her practice falls in the fields of art, design and science, and she is interested in smart materials.
a swallowable device that detects gas fluctuations within the body (methane, carbon dioxide etc.) that may be an indicator of undiagnosed disease
Neckpiece + ring for administering insulin through the skin
Shape Change Jewellery
Jewellery that changes shape at body temperature
Ether Beat Garments
Garments which sense, process, transmit and receive the ECG wavelength to facilitate remote empathy
Images from elasticfield.com
the potential for using this innovative material has wide implications. It can be used directly with the body or can be incorporated into clothing (and therefore jewellery?)
Devised by mc10 in Cambridge Massachusetts, this product and others are based on research by Illinois materials scientist John Rogers.
“The real leading edge in the research, and its societal importance, exists where we can address problems in human health,” he said.
“The most compelling opportunities are with the human body,” he told TPM. “But you can imagine other things, too. Great things.”
Rogers’ research has already made a splash in hospitals. His work has led to electronic sensors than can wrap around a balloon catheter to monitor vital stats during an angioplasty operation and a strip sensor that sticks to the heart’s outer tissue layer in order to monitor arrythmias.
TPM also comments that
‘mc10 is joined by other institutions working with bendable electronics, like Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo, and Stephanie Lacour at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Lacour worked with Nokia to make a prototype stretchable electronic sensor designed to wrap around prosthetic limbs.’
July 12, 2011
Another gadget which explores ways of changing lifestyle and in so doing imrpoves the health of the wearer. This one uses social media and feeds into the collect and swop concepts of childrens games, with tradable straps and badges that can be collected.
So in reaction to the recession there is the suggestion of the trend of ‘natural constructed’. I wonder if this will influence artefacts worn on the body?
‘It may seem obvious that ‘natural’ means
untouched, unadulterated and pure. But the state of being and looking
natural has become so desirable that people are increasingly going out
of their way to create it and achieve it. We call that ‘natural