Design for Health

This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid vehicle” or HEH vehicle

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5 life-changing projects take home top honors in 2015 INDEX: Design Awards

5 life-changing projects take home top honors in 2015 INDEX: Design Awards

copenhagen, Denmark, Design, Design for Health, Design to Improve Life, eco design, green design, humanitarian design, index award winners, index: award, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, world’s

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Naturepedic smooths the transition to a big kid bed with a safe, organic 2-in-1 mattress

Naturepedic smooths the transition to a big kid bed with a safe, organic 2-in-1 mattress

Graduating from a crib into a "big kid's bed" is a big deal for most little ones, but it can mean a lot for parents, too. Not only does this represent the end of your child's days as a baby, it also comes

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Brilliant VeinViewer makes it easier (and less painful) to find a patient’s vein

Brilliant VeinViewer makes it easier (and less painful) to find a patient’s vein

Whether you're terrified of needles or perfectly at ease in the nurse's chair, feeling the "stick" is far from a pleasant feeling, never mind the increasing tension that comes with being stuck multiple

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You can wear these removable 3D-printed casts in the shower – and they speed up the healing process

You can wear these removable 3D-printed casts in the shower – and they speed up the healing process

Bespoke, manufacturer of custom prosthetic limbs, has started using 3d printing to make custom cast prototypes that would stabilize broken body parts just like conventional casts. Unlike the traditional

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Could this simple new ring empower women to protect themselves against HIV?

Could this simple new ring empower women to protect themselves against HIV?

For decades now women have had multiple options when it comes to maintaining control of their reproductive system, but the same cannot be said when it comes to protecting against STDs, particularly HIV.

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World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

SCiO is a brand new consumer device that measures the molecular fingerprint of anything that reflects light, except it fits in your pocket. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy

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Tree branch water filter removes a surprising 99% of E.coli

Tree branch water filter removes a surprising 99% of E.coli

Sometimes low tech solutions make the most sense–particularly in developing countries with limited access to affordable technology. And it often happens these same countries experience chronic water

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Student-designed Scalevo wheelchair can climb up stairs

Student-designed Scalevo wheelchair can climb up stairs

When a location lacks in wheelchair accessibility it can be a highly frustrating experience, and one that often makes it remarkably hard to maintain independence. But the all-electric Scalevo wheelchair,

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Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn't changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change

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How one app fed almost 600,000 homeless people

How one app fed almost 600,000 homeless people

A simple lunch with a homeless vet changed forever the life of Komal Ahmad, who was then a student UC, Berkeley and is now a CEO. Ahmad was walking near campus a few years ago when a homeless man asked

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Teens design condoms that change color when exposed to sexually transmitted infections

Teens design condoms that change color when exposed to sexually transmitted infections

Sexual health and safety tools have just been kicked up a notch, thanks to a group of teenaged UK designers. The Health Category winners of the TeenTech 2015 Awards proposed the conceptual condom that

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Microchips lined with human cells win Design of the Year Award

Microchips lined with human cells win Design of the Year Award

London's Design Museum has chosen a strange, but very promising technology as Design of the Year 2015. Having even outdone Google’s self-driving car, the Human Organs-on-Chips design was given top marks

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This shocking story will make you give up tampons for good

This shocking story will make you give up tampons for good

On October 3, 2012, 24-year-old model Lauren Wasser was feeling a little off—she was also on her period, and using her go-to brand of tampons. Within just 48 hours, Vice details, she was found by a

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Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Two teens from Hong Kong have created a new door handle that wipes out 99.8 percent of all germs on contact, potentially revolutionizing the hygiene industry. Realizing how many germs are spread through

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Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Honolulu has come under fire in the past year for it's ways of addressing homelessness on the island of Oahu; with police officers citing the homeless for a variety of pedestrian violations, and at least

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What’s lurking in your mattress?

What’s lurking in your mattress?

The average person spends nearly a third of their lifetime in bed. When we were kids we were scared of the monsters hiding under our bed, but as adults we may be more concerned with the monsters lurking

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How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

Dr. Dak Kopec, Architectural Psychologists and Director of the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Design for Human Health (DHH) led a team of Graduate students in the

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is undergoing transformation

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The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

Touted by its creators as an "appealing, affordable and safe solution for washers as well as wipers," the Blue Diversion Toilet is designed to provide off grid sanitation for low income areas. Not only

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Citizens of advanced age have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

  Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected and tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way, or a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone

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How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

Passive House is known to be one of the strictest energy efficiency building programs in the world. What does it take to build one, and how can you do it with healthy and high performance materials? In

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Students are creating $350 bionic arms for children using 3D printing

Students are creating $350 bionic arms for children using 3D printing

A team of students at the University of Central Florida is using 3D printing to create bionic arms for children. The arms are fully-equipped with a muscle sensor and costs just $350 to make. Find out more

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Areas popular with tourists and drinkers are often, pretty, well, smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods feel pretty

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

It's likely that we all know someone who is affected by allergies, and it’s hard to keep triggers at bay, especially when some of the most common allergy-triggering culprits can be found in our very

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6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

WINDOWHOP It's easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you've got the sickly pallor to match and it's not nearly as sexy on you). If you're lucky

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

There's a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change - but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set

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