October 2, 2013
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.
The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery
A Design Museum, London touring exhibition Unexpected Pleasures looks at what we mean by jewellery from a number of different perspectives. Taking as its starting point the radical experiments of the Contemporary Jewellery Movement that challenged a conventional understanding of the language of personal adornment, and looking instead at the essential meanings of jewellery, the exhibition brings together important work from around the world, and looks at it from the point of view of the wearer as well as the maker. Contemporary Jewellery in this sense is at the intersection of art and design.
Curated by Dr. Susan Cohn for the Design Museum, London with exhibition design by Ab Rogers Design and graphics by Barnbrook.
Us in London will have to wait until 5th December 2012 for this touring exhibition though its possible to read the book now.
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).
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
Artist uses haptic design tools and 3D printing to create otherworldly sculpture and jewelry « Ponoko – Blog
August 9, 2011
Farah Bandookwala’s work is showing at the Jerwood Makers Open until 28th August.
Dr Heather Clark at Northeastern university (USA) is leading research on subdermal sensors, These devices could tell you exacty when you need medication and what medication you may need.
This tattoo will contain nanosensors that will read the wearer’s blood levels witht eh help of an iphone 4 camera.
Its not hard to see how far reaching such an application could be, allowing for minimally invasive diagnostics and mesured medication.
blood concentrations show up as above.
this band embeds a Mastercard chip, your emergency contacts and a your medical info is accessible with an eight digit code that medical personnel can access your health records.
Not at all sure about the design and how many people would want to wear this, however it is an interesting concept.