In the United States, 71 percent of dysvascular amputations are below-knee amputations. Hiking can build muscle strength and combat stress and anxiety. Hierex is a hiking prosthetic leg for below-knee amputees. It applies a water cooling system that reduces sweating, allowing the user to hike for a longer distance. Amputee hikers also have a difficult time with uneven terrain on the trail—causing pressure up to the limb and creating pain. The prosthetic foot on Hierex provides better shock absorption than hiking shoes. The sole enhances stability and the entire base replaces the hiking boot.
Designed by: Kesu Wang
Contact: Kesu Wang
Easy-Flex Smart is an upper extremity rehabilitation therapy device that provides movement, flexion and extension for fingers and the wrist. Stroke patients or others who may have limited hand function can use Easy-Flex Smart without much help from physical or occupational therapists, because the device is equipped with sensors to guide accurate movements. A mobile app collects data for visual feedback.
Designed by: Bong-Keun Jung, Jung-Yeon Kim, Chan-Wan Kim, Hong-Joong Jung and Byeong-Seo Park of WellTech, Soonchunhyang University, Rehabsystem
Contact: Jungyeon Kim
Cadence is an effortless, communicative, and responsive dressage horse saddle that creates fluent harmony between the rider and horse. The saddle has a split in the cantle (the raised part at the back of the saddle) and the seat area. By using the split structure and appropriate material, dressage riders are able to use their weight to give direction left or right. By utilizing the natural ability that a horse could sense pressure, the split design enables both horse and rider to communicate, in order to perform a variety of tasks.
Designed by: yang jung cheng
Contact: yang jung cheng
360° Balance Stretcher makes for a safer, faster and more comfortable method to move injured people out of harm’s way and closer to the help they need. The stretcher—with adjustable handles and treatment space—keeps the patient horizontal, no matter how fast the emergency worker may run. It offers rugged, all-terrain handling thanks to gyroscopes which sense disruptive motion with three, individual motors. Modular engineering and compact design make the stretcher easy to produce and assemble, resulting in a reasonable hardware cost.
Designed by: Gong Huachao and Yu Zhefan of Suzhou GHC Design Co., Ltd. For Beijing Luckey Technology Co., Ltd.
Contact: Huachao Gong
In a disaster—time; the right equipment; and vital treatment can mean the difference between life and death. There can be a shortage of hospital beds; a lack of sanitation; and a delay to transport the injured. The Emergency Medical System vehicle offers space to carry equipment and provide treatment when extended—backed by an independent generator; water purification system; and disinfection properties.
Designed by: Hui An, Chunyan He, Chaojun Zhang, Xi Li and Haimo Bao of School of Design, Dalian Minzu University; and Song Qiao and Jing Sun of Dalian HMO Technology Co., Ltd
Contact: Zhen Ye
Until now, different fraction fixation boards had to be used to treat different body parts. The boards also were bulky to transport. Now, one board can be used to treat arm, leg and ankle fractures. BoneAid is also flat-packed so it saves space and can be moved easily to disaster zones or in developing regions with insufficient medical resources.
Designed by: Wang Yu-Chi, Huang Yu-Man and Chen Chia-Ling of Tunghai University
Contact: Wang Yu Chi
The United States has a growing epidemic of accidental and preventable deaths associated with opiod overdose—jumping six percent from 2012 to 2013, while in 2014, the loss of life from drug overdose spiked even higher to 47,000. Naloxone medication reverses the effects of heroin and prescription drug overdose by blocking receptors in the brain, temporarily restoring normal breathing and providing a chance for medical treatment. Designed specifically for emergency situations, the Naloxone OD Rescue Kit Concept includes a pressurized nasal spray for fast, reliable use and a clear, concise set of instructions.
Designed by: Miles Miller and Christoffer Hart of the University of Washington, Division of Design
Contact: Miles Miller
W.A.S. (Waste As Source) Project is upcycling—to convert waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality—and to integrate the existing identity of something into a core design identity or the value of a new product. Among the products designed with functionality, safety and the environment in mind—bicycles, chairs and lighting—all of which can be assembled and disassembled easily.
Designed by: Soongak Jang, Jaewoo Park, Sangkyung Park, Hyesoo Han, Kyung Shin, Hyeri Won and Xuan Hua of Hanyang University
Contact: Jaewoo Park
The majority of hand dryers in public restrooms are installed at high positions, making them difficult to use for children and people in wheelchairs. On the contrary, if they are installed too low, they can be uncomfortable for tall users. Universal Hand Dryer detects the height of the user's hand and blows warm air in the appropriate direction.
Designed by: Hyunsu Park of Kookmin University Department of Industrial Design
Contact: Hyunsu Park
Safe House is a new, protective cabin that adopts the modular separated structure installed on a cruise ship. Cabin itself is not only the comfortable rest room while passengers are on the boat, but also the rescue capsule that could be separated with the hull at any time and have the function of escape. Once the shipwreck occurs and the hull tilts, the floating cabin can slide out from the track under the influence of gravity and convert into a rescue capsule, floating on the sea. It effectively could avoid the huge casualties caused by the hull sinking, allowing travelers to have time and space to wait for the rescue.
Designed by: Wang Cai, Jiahuan Liu, Jia Dong, Deyu Ma and Haimo Bao of School of Design, Dalian Minzu University; and Song Qiao and Jing Sun of Dalian HMO Technology Co., Ltd
Contact: Hao Yu