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.

The Jawbone UP Fails, But Teaches 3 Golden Rules For Experience Design | Co. Design.

Interesting review form Co.design

seems Jawbone missed a trick or two

the design of the wrist band was one that had caught my attention, so it will be interesting to see if this has legs for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NewYu fitness monitor tracks wide range of activities | Health Tech – CNET News.

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).

Leah Heiss Projects

August 11, 2011

Leah Heiss Projects.

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.

 

Seed Sensor
2011

a swallowable device that detects gas fluctuations within the body (methane, carbon dioxide etc.) that may be an indicator of undiagnosed disease

 

 

Diabetes
2007-8
Neckpiece + ring for administering insulin through the skin

 

Shape Change Jewellery
2008-9
Jewellery that changes shape at body temperature

 

Ether Beat Garments
2004-6
Garments which sense, process, transmit and receive the ECG wavelength to facilitate remote empathy

 

Images from elasticfield.com

 

 

Digital Tattoo Gets Under Your Skin to Monitor Blood | Gadget Lab | Wired.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.

 

 

 


+ Hanky Pancreas™

June 7, 2011

+ Hanky Pancreas™.

Jessica Floeh uses a insulin pump herself, and for her masters chose to focus on the socio-psychological impact of wearable diabetes technologies.

Through working with a group of women with diabetes in New York she was inspired to create designs. Hanky Pancreas is a series of products that can be attached onto insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.

It’s a nice simple and relatively cheap alternative that offers women some choice in how they wear the devices.

Heartwalker watch doubles as a sphygmomanometer.

An interesting concept with its heart in the right place (excuse the pun) Just has a strange aesthetic that doesn’t seem that well thought out. The watch face just doesn’t seem to fit with the arm piece.

Also the main arm band or bangle, its just not clear where this must fit and how big it actually is. However as a multi-functional wearable device it is moving in the right direction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

via designbuzz