Design for Health

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

A self-contained village in the Netherlands called De Hogeweyk is designed to protect people who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Called Dementia Village, the center allows its inhabitants to shop,

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Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Nike is Making Marty McFly’s Futuristic Self-Lacing Trainers Right on Time for 2015

Retail giant Nike is developing a version of Marty McFly's futuristic self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future II. Formerly a fictional concept, the autonomous fastening system either loosens or tightens

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High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

High-Tech Glasses Help Surgeons Visualize and Target Clustered Cancer Cells

A wearable technology so new it still doesn't have an official name could allow for more precise cancer-removal surgeries in the future. Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see (even under

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Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm Returns the Sense of Touch to Amputees

Thought-Controlled Robotic Arm Returns the Sense of Touch to Amputees

A team of Italian and Swiss researchers have developed the LifeHand 2, the first artificial hand that restores a sense of touch to patients with a missing limb. The limb is wired up to electrodes

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Plunk Desk: A Lightweight, Foldable Standing Desk Perfect for Working on Your Feet

Plunk Desk: A Lightweight, Foldable Standing Desk Perfect for Working on Your Feet

Studies show that standing desks can confer a lot of health benefits, but the models currently on the market tend to be large and heavy - not the best for workers who need to move around a lot and stay

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XStat Gadget Can Seal Gunshot Wounds in Just 15 Seconds

XStat Gadget Can Seal Gunshot Wounds in Just 15 Seconds

Oregon-based Revmedx developed a small syringe that can seal gunshot wounds in just 15 seconds! The patent-pending XStat works by releasing small rapidly-expanding sponges into the wound that exert

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Innovative New ‘Design For Human Health’ Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

Innovative New ‘Design For Human Health’ Program Launches at the Boston Architectural College

There are thousands of design programs across the country, but not a single one focusing exclusively on design for human health from the human perspective. This really seems crazy when you think about it,

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New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

Researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and Tsinghua University in China have developed a new implantable generator that can convert heartbeats into energy. The device utilizes a nanoribbon

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Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Paris-based Mikou Studio recently won a local competition to build a city pool for Issy Les Moulineaux in France. But this winning design is no ordinary public pool complex. While the green roof and

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Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

Bacteria-Filled Pills Could Become the Newest Treatment for a Host of Diseases

For many who grew up in an age filled with germ-killing soaps and chemical disinfectants, "bacteria" is a dirty word. However new research suggests that promoting the growth of certain strains of bacteria

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Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel Unveils a “Smart” Onesie that Monitors Baby’s Health

Intel has unveiled a "smart" onesie that monitors baby's health with a series of internet-connected systems, Engadget reports at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The wearable

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Lumo Lift: Tiny and Stylish Wearable Gadget Gently Nags You to Stand Up Straight

Lumo Lift: Tiny and Stylish Wearable Gadget Gently Nags You to Stand Up Straight

We all know that good posture has many health benefits, but it can be hard to remember to stand upright without mom’s constant reminders. Luckily, Lumo BodyTech has created Lumo Lift, a tiny wearable

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Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

We're excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film follows Emily and her

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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Water, hygiene, and transportation are constant challenges for developing nations like India, and women often shoulder the burden of collecting water for their families. In order to make this chore less

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Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Watch any nature special or visit an aquarium, and chances are you will be amazed by the intelligence, adaptability, and beauty of the cuttlefish. Part of the class Cephalopoda, these amazing molluscs are

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Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Syringe photo via Shutterstock FIT Biotech, a medical technology company based in Finland, plans to begin testing an HIV vaccine on human subjects sometime after the spring of 2014. Hundreds of

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

They say that if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime - and social entrepreneur Veronika Scott is proving that the old adage rings just as

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Organovo Announces Plans to Create World’s First 3D-Printed Human Liver in 2014

Organovo Announces Plans to Create World’s First 3D-Printed Human Liver in 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for medical technology, as researchers just announced that they are close to creating the world's first 3D printed organ. San Diego-based biotech firm Organovo plans to use

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Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

Sit to Walkstation To really beat that lethargic feeling at work, the Walkstation from Steelcase is an exercise desk that elegantly combines a treadmill with a workstation. These units are pretty pricey

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World’s First Fully Artificial, Self-Regulating Heart Beats Just Like a Real One

World’s First Fully Artificial, Self-Regulating Heart Beats Just Like a Real One

Renowned French surgeon Alain Carpentier successfully transplanted what he calls the "world's first fully artificial, self-regulating heart" into a 75-year old man on Wednesday. This extraordinary

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Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

It's not easy to break down compounds such as mineral oils, paints, and organic solvents in wastewater, but a group from Germany believe they have found a way. To remove these tricky materials from the

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DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

There are few sensations quite as glorious as sinking into a hot bath on a chilly winter's night, and if that bath happens to be scented with wonderful salts and oils, that can rival a spa experience for

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World’s First 3D-Printed Retinal Cells Could Help Cure Blindness

World’s First 3D-Printed Retinal Cells Could Help Cure Blindness

In a breakthrough for the effort to cure blindness, researchers at the University of Cambridge have used an inkjet printer to print living retinal cells for the first time. The cells could be built up

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World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

Photo © Shutterstock A group of South Korean scientists have developed a microscopic robot that can both detect and treat cancer. The nanorobot is powered by a special, genetically-modified bacteria

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Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

When teams from around the world battle it out on the field for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, spectators and athletes alike will also have to contend with the specter of dengue fever. The most severe

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Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

One of the great ironies of Greenbuild is the disconnect between the myriad of “green” products and the anything-but-green booths in which companies show their wares. In relief to the candy-colored

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100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

This amazing Eco3Spray handheld sprayer from Franke turns ordinary tap water into ozone, enabling it to kill common nasties like E. coli, salmonella, staph aureus, and pneumonia without using any

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Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Believe it or not, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working on making sex more pleasurable. The Gates have already given out $1 million in research grants to condom developers who are working to

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