Corset wearing for chronic back pain – Focus on Hypermobility (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome).

Great article about using corsets for chronic back pain.

An informative read about one person’s creative use of corsets to manage the pain she experiences having Ehlers Danlos syndrome.

This is just one example of a health seeker finding a way for medical prescription to fit in with their own identity.  Rather than the medical corsets or supports that are available, Jo has considered physical function and realised that the corset can also achieve this as well as considering the psychological and social factors of wellbeing of wearing an object that does not scream “medical” or “sick” at anyone seeing it.

HAXLR8R Unveils 10 New Hardware Startups That Will Make Us Better Humans – HispanicBusiness.com.

 

Medicine X Day 2 – Sonny Vu | Medicine X Stanford.

Watch Sonny Vu talking about wearables at the above link

Sonny Vu talks at Medicine x about wearables. It is an interesting video and Vu shows his grasp and understanding of the field. Of any wearables commentator, he is  the best informed, that I have heard or read. And this understanding is embodied in his company’s new design called “Shine”. Although I  do not like the name,  it does work well with the parameters that Sonny Vu talks about. The wearability is terms of comfort has been considered and the fact that it can be worn in different ways is innovative. its also water-proof which increases its wearability factor for all those swimmers out there.

However I am hoping that he is saving the best for later, since there are still many areas that he could explore regarding the wearing of objects, which I do hope to write about in my thesis (watch this space!).

A further point is that a wearable for fitness (and a motivated wearer) is very different to a health device that is required to be worn by the wearer to support a chronic health condition. These wearers are two distinct groups of people with very different needs.

I am also intrigued by how he defines ‘precious’ and how he intends to use this in his designs.

On Twitter he did cause concern regarding his apparent dismissal of the involvement of patients in designing wearable medical devices. Others commented that he perhaps did not explain himself very well. He did comment on Twitter that his company does ‘consult’ with  patients. How his company does this I do not know. although I would be very interested to find out.

In conclusion, I like ‘Shine’ and find it the most wearable of all the fitness trackers. Vu does have his finger on the pulse (I know, I know!) of the wearables industry. And I look forward to seeing Misfits’ new products.

Being Human 2013 | Being Human

September 28, 2013

Being Human 2013 | Being Human.

 

Design can not be controlled

September 27, 2013

Laura Michaels’ Blog | Design can not be controlled.

 

Laura Michaels work with Skin Graph which explores the bridge between Fashion and Architecture. This collaboration has great potential. I will look forward to seeing more.

FutureMed: The Future of Health on Vimeo on Vimeo

via FutureMed: The Future of Health on Vimeo.

via FutureMed: The Future of Health on Vimeo.

Don Norman on Wearable Devices | MIT Technology Review.

well worth a read, to begin considering how these wearable devices will effect us in the future.