Supersonic Stick on the Wrist for Blind People

Supersonic Stick on the Wrist for Blind People

It is very rare that I use the title of the project as the title of the post, but this one is just too magically perfect not to do that. This project goes by the incredibly long name “Supersonic Stick on the Wrist for Blind People” and it rocks. It uses “supersonic signals” aka sonar to both send out signals and receive them when they bounce back, giving then warning to the user of oncoming danger through sounds and vibrations.

0 Designer: Minhye Kim

Bed with Toilet

Bed with Toilet

When I think of a bed with a built-in toilet, the first thing I think of is Liz Lemon or maybe Homer Simpson. But it’s not that, that’s not what we’re talking about! This is a serious matter. This is the Dignity Bed designed by Enda Thomas. This bed is made for physically impaired folks who have trouble making their way to the toilet. There’s a built-in dry toilet facility where waste is contained in an electronically sealed waste bag. Can you believe it?!

0 Designer: Enda Thomas

Medical Patients of the Present

Medical Patients of the Present

To me, the most enthralling idea presented in the following massively important project you’re about to experience is this: “I don’t think of myself as the Patient of the Future – it is the perspective of the providers that puts me in this box of the Patient of the Future – I’m a patient of the present!” This project / video presentation is called “Design We Can All Live With” and it is about how a Minneapolis-based design firm is aiming toward a better patient-based healthcare system through technology right this moment.

0 Designer: Worrell

One Fabulous Foot

One Fabulous Foot

This right here is a prosthetic leg for women, and women specifically. This is “Outfeet,” a limb made to tend to unique needs women with an amputated leg face or might face on a daily basis. Outfeet is made to tend to the often failed attempts of prosthetic groups to create a limb that replicates the look and workings of the female silhouette and muscle structure. Outfeet aims to be not only a medical device but a fashion accessory as well. Recreations of the spirit through the leg.

0 Designer: Aviya Serfaty

Glam Pack For Blood

Glam Pack For Blood

The Sweet Donation Bag is an attempt to redesign the blood collection pouch. It features a sleeve with large cut-outs indicating the blood type (A, B, AB & O). The overall design is much more refined than the current bags in use and the packaging looks sturdy. If only the cut-outs would have indicated Type+ or Type- then I guess the impact would have been better. Slicker and tidier to look at; it won’t reduce the needle-prick pain!

0 Designer: Jihye Lee

Visually Impaired with Fine Hands

Visually Impaired with Fine Hands

A new dimension of sightless awareness equipment. This is the “VIA” Visually Impaired Assistant, a pair of hand-centric devices to make the day of a visually impaired person a whole lot easier. These devices use VMD Video Motion Detection technologies, 4 mini cameras, and a voice operated GPS receiver, all to act as both a walking stick and a mapping system. All the while looking rather fabulous on the hands as sensually molded pieces of jewelry (or “super heavy-duty metal equipment” if you’re too masculine for that sensual “J” word.)

0 Designer: Noam Klopper

3-D Braille Map That Talks

3-D Braille Map That Talks

The Brainovi is a Braille navigation map that uses a combination of verbal instructions and touch display, to help a blind person travel alone. All he needs to do is ‘speak’ his destination into the device and wait for a 3-D map to pop-up, giving him a ‘feel’ of his route. Corresponding verbal directions are relayed to the user via a Bluetooth earpiece, thus guiding him to his destination. The overall effect is to give the user a sense of freedom while traveling alone, without depending upon a companion.

0 Designers: Seung-Hyun Yoon, Seol-Hee Son & Ji-Youn Kim

Healing on Air

Healing on Air

Modern medicine is amazing. You can get basically anything in your body fixed, adjusted, twisted, broken, or completely restructured. But what about healing? That sucks. What if you could heal on air? Let’s take a look at this wonderful machine designer Sung Soo Chae of DESIGNNOON has made. It’s an air compression therapy system for hospitals, inflating the core of the the casts the system works with. Swelling and contracting for lovely massage.

0 Designer: Soo Chae of DESIGNNOON

Wheelchair Only For Transfers

Wheelchair Only For Transfers

The caregiver for an invalid or a patient is one mighty soul! He or she needs to be physically and mentally strong to offer impeccable services to their ward. One of the most physically draining jobs is to carry and transfer the patient from the bed to the toilet or even to a chair. The IX Transfer System is a wheelchair intended for such short distance transfers. It’s more to be used in communal spaces such as a hospital and works both automatic and manual. Indeed, a very different orientation for a wheelchair!

0 Designers: Liren Tan, Tan Jun Yuan & Lim Yi Xiang

Rock On My Special Baby

Rock On My Special Baby

Teaching children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is usually done on a one-on-one basis. So in a class of handful students, when the teacher is busy with one student, the rest are usually occupied in lesser engaging and stimulating activities in the off-task area. Rock On is a special rocking chair meant for the students who are not being taught, for the moment, by the teacher and are waiting for their turn. This fun rocker sports different activity boards to keep these students calm and engaged.

0 Designer: Liren Tan

No More Smokin Globes

No More Smokin Globes

This project is all about quitting smoking. I suppose it doesn’t just have to be tobacco, but that’s the most dangerous LEGAL drug in smoke form out there, so that’s what we’ll focus on. When there is smoke in a room, this Glow Globe lights up. When the smoke is gone, you click the reset button and the light goes dim once again. When there is smoke for an extended period in a room, the light stays on and changes colors. Quite simple.

0 Designer: Nebojsa Glavonic

Walnuts for Music

Walnuts for Music

You learn something new every single day. Today I learned a term for an action for which, before today, I did not know the name of. It’s “walnut rolling” and it applies to the spinning of two spherical objects in your hand. You’ve done it before, I’m sure. Designer YuKwang Kang took this action and turned it into an MP3 player. It’s the aptly named “Walnut Player” to the rescue! Spin me some music!

0 Designer: YuKwang Kang

Speech to Text Glasses

Speech to Text Glasses

So you’ve got a fish in your ear, right? You’re in trouble! Unless, of course, that fish is the same one they introduce in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” in which case that fish, the Babel fish, feeds on communication fed into the ear, pooping it all out in a stream of information that your head can understand. It’s mutually beneficial. So what is this post about? It’s about the “BabelFisk,” a device that works in a very similar manner to the Babel fish, but instead spoken words being fed directly into your brain, they’re turned to text in front of your eyes.

0 Designer: Mads Hindhede