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 25, 2011
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.
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.
June 7, 2011
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.
June 6, 2011
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