The First FDA Approved Robotic Exoskeleton
The ReWalk Personal System is the world’s first robotic exoskeleton approved by the US FDA and it has the potential to change millions of people’s lives by allowing them to walk completely on their own, even if they’re paralyzed from the waist down.
Communicating Through the Language of Design
Yves Behar is Swiss but speaks fluent English. Yun-je Kang, Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Design Group for Samsung, understands English well but is far from a native speaker. It sounds limiting, but the pair seem to have hit it off. “We don’t share a language in the traditional sense, but we meet all the time and we go see environments, stores, we take walks together,” explains Behar. “We communicate by drawing, essentially the design language—drawing and interactions with each other’s teams.”
Expectations & Empathy
The Future of Product Design
"...A 'product' today is rarely just physical, but consumers' expectations for meaningful product experiences are greater than ever. The challenge for designers is to bring empathy and sensitivity to their work, regardless of the tools and technologies at their disposal."—Sohrab Vossoughi
What 0.01% of US Schools Are Doing
Design Thinking is huge in businesses in developing novel solutions to old problems. Inspired by the Stanford d.school, design thinking has taken the world by storm as it applies user-centered, creative and analytical approaches to solve cross-disciplinary problems.
Newell's Road to Smart Design
Newell Rubbermaid makes everything from plastic storage containers that go in kitchen cabinets to the Irwin hand and power tools used to build those cabinets. But Newell Chief Design Officer Chuck Jones believes it all fits neatly into a box. That box would be the minimalist, modern design center he opened in May. The center is part of a plan to take Newell on a journey that Jones likens with a laugh to the distance separating Veg-O-Matic marketer Ronco and the lofty heights achieved by Apple.
Making Medical Dummies Less Dumb
A GROUP of industrial designers are ready to revolutionize the simulation technology used to train future doctors and nurses. The designers from the University of South Australia have lodged patent applications for a novel diagnostic tool that uses spatial augmented reality (SAR) to project the appearance of disease, disorder or trauma onto the moving surface of medical manikins.
Two Days to Design at IDSA Medical Conference
Our colleagues have written before about the differences between interaction designers and industrial designers. So when we flew to the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa a few weeks ago to lead an interaction design workshop at the inaugural IDSA Medical Design Conference, we were wondering if we’d feel like we were from Mars.