June 12, 2014
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.
November 26, 2013
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.
Co.Design4 Rules For Designing Wearable Tech That People Will Actually WearCo.DesignIt is an exciting time to be in wearable technology.
See on www.fastcodesign.com
The debate is beginning to open up regarding the design of wearables, particularly health wearables. however there is still little innovation happening in the designs and the outlook is continually one of expecting people with health issues to want their devices to be ‘discreet’ and ‘camouflaged’. It is till hard to move the debate on to talking about choice, about designing these artefacts with jewellery designers who already work with the very intimate boundaries of the body using different forms and materials; whilst considering differing notions of wearability. Nor is there a consideration that we need to be using design to remove stigma not to perpetuate it. What meanings do we want these artefacts to hold for the wearer and how can we enhance, promote these meanings through design.
These are some of the issues which if challenged will lead to interesting developments and innovations in health enhancing wearables
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
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.