Easing hand tremors with the Gyroscopic Hand Stabiliser

Parkinson’s disease can lead to the individual having to carry-out their daily lives with tremors and shakes, whilst this makes carrying out an array of tasks difficult, it can also have a serious impact on the user’s confidence. This is where Tryro comes into play!

Using a trio of gyroscopic motors mounted within a sleek and futuristic wearable that dramatically wraps around the user’s hands, Tryro counteracts the shakes to stabilize the user’s hands and therefore induce a sense of confidence! Its designer, James Sanchez, recognized the various levels of tremors that an individual can have. To cater to this, a dial that’s located on the user’s wrist allows for adjustment of the gyroscopic motor’s speed!

What makes Tryro so unique is the medical aesthetic that it has managed to avoid. Considered details and an attractive form leads to a more desirable product and one which doesn’t carry the stigma of medical devices!

Designer: James Sanchez

The Philips SmartSleep Anti-Snoring Band nudges you to sleep on your side

Snoring is, in its most basic sense, an abnormality that blocks clear breathing while you’re asleep. Whether it’s caused by fatty tissues around the neck, by sinuses, by an irregular palate, or even your tongue, snoring occurs in a majority of people for various reasons… and more than being an inconvenience, snoring can increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack in your sleep, because anything prompting you to snore is essentially obstructing your breathing and causing lesser oxygen to to be delivered to your body.

One major reason for snoring is that when you sleep on your back, your tongue tends to fall backwards due to gravity and block the air passage at the oral pharynx. The simple solution to that problem is to sleep on your side, so your tongue doesn’t slide backwards and obstruct the air path. The Philips SmartSleep Anti-Snoring Band, debuted at the IFA Press-Conference this year, prompts you, through gentle vibrations, to sleep on your side. Strapped around your waist, the band has the ability to sense when you’re supine, or on your back, and coaxes you to sleep on your side by delivering soft vibrations that get you to adjust your position in your sleep without waking you up. The band optimizes patterns based on your sleep intensity to determine the best way to subconsciously alert you and machine learning even determines the most optimal time to give you the nudge. The result? A quieter night of sleep for you as well as your partner, and easier and healthier breathing for you.

Designer: Philips

A motorcycle-compatible bionic arm that lets the disabled ride motorbikes

Combining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.

The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or even brake without the need of a palm or a hand.

“The bike and the prosthetic communicate with each other and the rider to calculate appropriate lean angles and aid body positioning, it will also eject with the rider in the event of an accident. It Is modular to suit trans-humeral and trans-radial amputees and I’m currently designing a leg to go with.” says designer Tom Hylton.

Designer: Tom Hylton

Petdali’s pet wheelchair gives Lassie extra feet

I’ve had the good fortune of having pets at home, and during their growing years, I’ve seen their mischief getting them into trouble. One of my Alsatians was quite a perky guy and would love running and jumping the fences. On one occasion, I remember him injuring his hind leg and had to limp around for several weeks. Back in the days we didn’t have pet wheelchairs, and the one like Petdali’s pet wheelchair, would have been godsend. Although designed for pets with hind-leg disabilities, and with the ability to adapt to a growing pup, this pet wheelchair is not radically different than the ones we see in the market today, but is a refined version of them. The harness looks a lot easier to use and so it the construction of the back limbs straps. Comfort and adaptability being the key words here, I’m looking forward to seeing this in the market soon.

Designers: hs2 studio and Kim Hyunsoec for Petdali

A Perfect Example of User-centered Design

Naturally, medical devices have a direct impact on the patient and because of this they must provide an intuitive user experience that is both considering and understanding of the user. However, this isn’t always the case and the empathetic element of the design is either lost or dismissed when it comes to the development of a new product. Aalto explores how a more harmonious patient experience can be achieved through the use of color, form and branding.

Aalto is a self-injection device designed for use by patients suffering with a chronic disease that impacts their dexterity. The family of products that make-up Aalto each share the same geometric yet friendly forms that evoke a sense of trust. More significantly, they remove the stigma of medical devices and create a far more approachable product.

This element of trust has been introduced to each aspect of the product, from the packaging through to the interface. By having these attributes projected onto each element, a far more considered and harmonized experience has been achieved. This is just a beautiful example of user-centered design.

Designer: Cambridge Consultants

The Aalto autoinjector family uses robust, geometric forms to evoke a sense of TRUST.

Bold use of midnight blue with a contrasting yellow accent colour and the use of a tactile outer skin portray the ACTIVE brand attribute.

A sense of CALM is depicted in product detailing by using subtle ‘wave’ patterns on areas of the injectors. This indicates where (and how) patients should interact with the devices (twist, push and pull). Superfluous visual stimuli should be avoided, as it may detract from the device’s usability cues.

The Aalto injector packaging is designed to provide an enhanced unboxing experience. When the pack is opened, the injector and instructions for use are presented to the patient simultaneously, reducing confusion and anxiety, and further enforcing the brand attributes of TRUST and CALM.

Interactive and aesthetic harmony are considered with gesture control across hardware and software.

The electromechanical autoinjector embodies this consideration. As a patient pushes the autoinjector against their skin, the digital interface and software responds to this physical interaction, guiding the user to push with and maintain the correct force.

A Suitcase for The Visually Impaired

Visual impairment shouldn’t limit the individual’s ability to travel and experience new and exciting places, however, navigating unfamiliar environments can bring a set of significant challenges. This is the problem that Guide sets outs to solve… and it does so in a clever and stigma-free way!

‘Guide’ has been designed to provide the individual with assistance and convenience, and this starts with its self-driving ability. Four cameras accurately map the surrounding environment, allowing Guide to confidently and reliably accompany the user. The option for a more conventional method of wheeling the suitcase is also available. Guide relays information on the user’s surroundings via a braille bar located in the handle, this includes informing them of traffic lights as well as letting them know about potential obstacles! All of this and more has led to a device that carries an immense level of functionality, and it has the visuals to match!

Designer: Cheolsu Park


When we travel, the suitcase is always there for us. Also, visually impaired people always carry a walking stick. This smart suitcase, GUIDE, is designed to be a guide for the visually impaired by serving as a walking stick to identify the surroundings.


Guide works on a self-driving basis. It has a gyro sensor, such as a single-passenger self-driving electric wheel, that centers on itself with two wheels and follows the visually impaired. Of course, if they don’t want a self-driving mode, they can use the handle to move it like a normal suitcase.

Braille Bar

The braille part, a key function of Guide, is located on the handle of the suitcase and provides information about the surrounding objects/environment with the thumb. Depending on the size of the hands of a blind user, the main bar can be selected, and then the braille direction, which is the same direction of the hand they use, can be selected to complete their own handles.

Detachable Handle

The handle of the suitcase that contains Braille is completely detachable. Once the handle is detached, it can be extended for use as a walking stick. When the handle is used as a walking stick, the suitcase self-drives around the user and passes the main surrounding information to the Braille attached to the stick.

Four-way Detection Camera

Guide must observe the surroundings carefully on behalf of the visually impaired. Therefore, the cameras are located at the front, rear, and left and right ends of the suitcase to ensure not to miss an important situation. A total of four cameras accurately analyze the surroundings and guide the visually impaired through braille in real time.

Fingerprint Recognition

Fingerprint recognition makes it easier to unlock the suitcase.

A baby thermometer with fun sounds for those high-temperature days!

As a mother of two children in their twenties, I know how harrowing unwell kids can be! Even at this age they kick-up so much fuss, so imagine what toddlers can do. The worst is taking temperature, especially if you need to monitor it every few hours. Although ear thermometers are a boon in comparison to the mercury ones, keeping kids still during the intrusion, can be tricky. To overcome this challenge, what the Ear Fun thermometer does is that it integrates funny sounds and jungle noises into the device.

It’s like telling the kids that if they put their ear to the device, they can hear some cool sounds. Thus piquing their interest and making them a willing party to thermometer readings. On the tech-side, this IoT device stores the last 10 readings and can be linked to your smartphone. You can record as many sounds you’d like and enthrall the kids! Ergonomic design and intuitive interface are just the cherry icing!

Designers: Eunseo Kwak & Teasoo Moon

This tiny box instantly transforms into an emergency wheelchair/stretcher when needed

This easy-to-stow collapsible wheelchair also becomes a stretcher when needed. At the simple push of a button, the Emergency Wheelchair transforms from a small suitcase-sized box to a wheelchair. The backrest and leg rest can be further adjusted to turn into a stretcher that can be maneuvered around using the small wheels at the base.

Designed for every conceivable scenario and engineered to make sure it effectively works in all conditions, the wheelchair is made of a magnesium alloy, high-strength factory plastic, and a flame retardant fabric. When not in use, it collapses back to the size of a suitcase, allowing it to be easily packed and stored back in its place.

The Emergency Wheelchair is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designers: Chen Zhigang, Fan Xin, Hu Shiya, Liu Qiangjia & Zhou Chao.

The simplest vision-testing device ever made

Designed to combat the lack of proper tools and expertise when it comes to measuring eye power in low-resource areas, the Folding Foropter is a pretty nifty, low-cost paper device that helps anyone measure their eye power without needing an expensive setup or expert assistance. The Folding Foropter uses two paper tubes and lenses to replicate the complex eye tests done by optometrists, but simplifies it to a great degree, helping bring the gift of corrective vision to the billions who require it but don’t have access to the resources.

Developed by the LVPEI Center of Innovation in India, the Foropter is simple to make and even simpler to use. A sliding telescopic layout allows two lenses to slide towards or away from each other, while you, the user try to find the lens position at which your vision is the clearest. A gauge on the side tells you what your eye power is with an accuracy of ±1 dioptre.

The Folding Foropter’s easy to ship (it flat-packs), easy to assemble and easy to use design helps bring corrective vision to the 2.3 billion people who need it. Plus, with its colorful design, it helps gamify a process that feels slightly daunting with heavy eyegear and hard-to-read charts too!

Designer: Ashish Jain (LVPEI Center for Innovation)

The Median Ambulance cuts through highway traffic by riding on the road divider

How does an ambulance reach a victim in a road/highway accident when there are more than a dozen cars stuck in a traffic jam between the ambulance and the site of the accident? Up until now the only solution was to drive in the opposite lane, weaving through oncoming traffic to get to the victim. A band of Korean designers created the Median AMB, a special ambulance that can directly reach the point of the accident without getting affected by the traffic congestion created by the accident. The Median AMB sits on the road divider/median and drives up and down the highway almost like a monorail. It features sliding doors on both sides, seating for a driver and an assistant, and an area for a stretcher that holds the victim. The Median AMB drives down the dividers, right to the victim’s location, picks them up and brings them to a proper ambulance that can take the victim to the nearest hospital.

The Median AMB is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designers: Hong Seonghwan, Lee Hyungtaek, Lee Taekkyung & Song Yoojin