This award-winning inhaler guides your behavior into using it correctly and effectively

Designer of the Flohaler, James Plimmer, didn’t want to just make another inhaler that did a better job than the last, or that looked more stylish than most clinical-looking bronchial inhalers. Plimmer wanted to influence human behavior into inhaling correctly. The Flohaler’s form, in that regard, doesn’t follow function, but rather dictates it. Designed to subconsciously guide the human into taking the dosage more effectively, the Flohaler’s tilted mouthpiece makes you want to tilt your head backwards, streamlining your airway as a result. Another common problem with inhalers is that patients often breathe the dose in too quickly. A narrower mouthpiece takes care of that problem by limiting the rate at which the dose flows through the inhaler and into the mouth, reducing drug deposition in the back of the throat. Designed to not just be more useful but more accessible too, the inhaler comes in a carefully selected color palette, allowing the color-blind to differentiate between different inhalers, while braille type molded right into the Flohaler’s body allows the visually impaired to tell the difference between different inhalers. A recipient of multiple design and innovation awards, Plimmer says that the Flohaler shows a dramatic improvement in the way patients inhale their medicines.

Designer: James Plimmer

Track your heart rate and oxygen level in style!

An oximeter is a fundamental device when monitoring health, however, it’s fair to say that far more time has been invested into its function, as opposed to its form. Whilst this design decision is rather understandable, it does leave a lot of room for improvement, and one which Kenko takes full advantage of!

Kenko laughs in the face of the stereotypical aesthetic of medical products, as it instead carries a stigma-free, far more approachable design style. However, it isn’t just the aesthetics that have received a revamp… the entire user experience has been redesigned; the raised detector gives the user a tactile indication of where to position their finger, whilst the silicone insert can be removed for effective cleaning! Another of Kenko’s features that is rarely seen on a more conventional Oximeter is the OLED Display that provides the user with pointers and information regarding the seamless operation of the device!

Designer: Anish Shakthi

“Designed to fight the social stigma associated with conventional medical products. Thanks to it’s “gadget” aesthetic, it seamlessly blends into the world we live in today,” Shakthi told Yanko Design.

The curves make it appear friendly and the soft form sits well in the palm of your hand.

The bottom slides down to reveal the Photo-detector and the LED lights.

The raised detector gives you a tactile indication as to where to place your finger. In addition, the silicon pad is shaped to grip your finger well.

Works great for both left and right handers thanks to the opening on both sides of the device.

The OLED display is the main source of information and interaction with the device. Provides you information on how to use the device and is there when you need it.

The app tracks all of your readings and gives you health suggestions based on your conditions.

This NFC enabled medicine strip reminds you to take your meds on time

My parents need to take their insulin pills before every meal and the fool-proof system that they have devised is, to keep the tablets on the dining table. The second back-up plan is the house-help, who is supposed to remind them.

Needless to say, both are not idiot-proof solutions and on several occasions, they both forget to pop the pills. Design Thinking being a solution-provider for everything, the team at Cambridge Consultants have come up with an innovative solution.

They have designed an electronic strip called Tapp, that uses NFC technology to transfer the medicine’s data (stored on the blister pack) to a dedicated Tapp App. From the App, the user can select the reminder times and integrate other essential information of the prescription.

Goals can be set, and reminders can be defined – the idea of this combination is to ensure you take your correct dosage on time. And, that your medicine records be updated and handy.

Designer: Cambridge Consultants

“One of the biggest challenges facing society is the prevalence of chronic diseases. Many patients do not adhere to their medication regime correctly, resulting in poor outcomes and unnecessary costs,” Cambridge Consultants told Yanko Design.

“Non-adherence has many contributing factors; forgetfulness, procrastination and anxiety all play their part. Our current approach to non-adherence doesn’t seem to be working. For a solution to this challenge, perhaps we need to look to recent technological ‘intelligent’ advancements to nudge patient’s behaviors in the right direction.”

“Our team worked closely with a leading behavioral scientist to define a feature set that could offer long-term engagement with a patient. The behavioral change features are based on habit formation, goal reinforcement and social motivation. All features went through multiple iterations with user input, allowing us to refine our approach.”

“Tapp merges printed electronics and NFC technology into a simple, flexible sticker that can be applied to a standard blister pack. Our team developed fully functional proof-of-principle prototypes.”

“An innovative flexible aerial was needed to transmit the data from the smart blister to the user’s phone. Several aerial designs were developed and tested to allow the simple tap interaction to record a dose had been removed from the smart blister.”

“The design is a low-cost sticker with integrated flexible electronics and passive NFC used in conjunction with an app, specifically designed to address the key tenants of behavioral change; habit formation, goal reinforcement and social motivation.”

“The tapp sticker is added to a patient’s drug blister pack and the app is downloaded. The app allows patient to create and visualise goals. Then, provides digital nudges to take medication removing the cognitive burden of their therapy. When a patient takes their medication, a track is broken on the printed circuit. Using a simple tap interaction, patients can record that they have taken their medication and work towards their goals.”

Swap daily insulin injections with Kite, get rid of 40 weekly injections

Both my parents are diabetic, and given their age and how forgetful they are, they sometimes miss taking their insulin pills before meals. They end up overcompensating, by taking the meds later – but this is not the solution. In medical conditions like type 1 diabetes, which requires daily monitoring and proper dosage of insulin, hoping to bridge this gap is the Kite smart insulin port. An innovative insulin injecting system, Kite hopes to make life easier for diabetic people.

Imagine a smart insulin port attached to your skin, delivering the right dose, and at the right time. At the same moment, getting all information regarding your sugar levels, meds timings and health data, managed and analyzed with the accompanying app.

Kite replaces the need to pump yourself with over 30 injections a week, thanks to the soft cannula insertion. It turns any device into a ‘smart’ device, and automatically dispenses the accurate insulin dose. Designed to be affordable, a device like this can be very helpful in the lifestyle management of diabetics.

The functions of the port include: dispensing the dose, capturing data and sending to the diabetes management app. The app integrates blood sugar levels, carb intake and activity. Kate also has wireless connectivity.

Designers: Mitul Lad & Cambridge Consultants

Myst gives the humble inhaler a stylish, contemporary-tech makeover

Just as walking sticks went from physical aids to objets d’art, most medical/health equipment can be passed through the same filter, turning them from clinical looking products into products that are desirable. Designers at RISD transformed the white and blue plastic inhaler into something much more worth cherishing. Taking CMF cues from contemporary technology, the Myst comes with a slick, rounded form, no sharp edges, and perhaps one of the most enchanting material and finish combos. Combining black and gold, a classic pairing, together, the Myst looks less like a medical device and more like a premium piece of gadgetry, something of a design direction we’re seeing in those not-so-healthy vapes in today’s market. If only medical device got that sort of fashion-forward design approach.

Designers: Walmen Dumaliang, Rance Pritchard, Scott Seung-Hyuk Noh & Chris O’Connell.

How clean is your drinking water? This tiny gadget can tell you in seconds.

We often take the quality of the water we drink for granted. Food is often tested for hygiene and safety, but that level of scrutiny doesn’t extend to water. With water, we usually take for granted that it’s clean if it looks, smells, and tastes okay. If only purity worked that way!

Lishtot TestDrop Pro does what our senses cannot. Tests water for contaminants that we can’t see, smell, or taste. It scans water without needing to be immersed in it, and in a matter of 2 seconds, tells you if the water you’ve got is safe to drink or not. In what outwardly seems like magic, the TestDrop Pro is capable of analyzing your water in mere seconds, without even being in contact with it. Turns out, water emits its own local electromagnetic field, which the TestDrop Pro reads. Using this electromagnetic reading, the TestDrop Pro can tell if your water is safe to drink or not, because pure water emits a marginally different field from water with lead or chlorine in it, water with E. coli, or water with any other contaminants in it. Using this electromagnetic reading, and a simple red and blue light, the TestDrop Pro can, within seconds, tell you whether your water is pure or not. It goes even a step further with Lishtot’s smartphone app, telling you the exact percentage of purity with remarkable accuracy!

Designer: Lishtot

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Ambular uses the sky to provide swift medical emergency response in crowded cities

Obviously executing an airlift in cities isn’t particularly feasible. You’ve got buildings, cars, pedestrians, telephone wires, traffic lights, along with a dozen other complications. Helicopters, no matter how small, can’t do the job in crowded cities, and regular ambulances end up bearing the brunt of congested roads and traffic. In swoops (quite literally) the Ambular, an eVTOL designed to provide medical airlifts in cities. Ambular can take off and land without needing a helipad, and can transport patients to medical centers safely, via air.

Ambular comes with six propellers (three on each side) that help it take off and land vertically as well as travel through the air. Given that Ambular will work in crowded cities, it makes sense that the propellers come with pretty strong guards around them, just in case they hit or snag something and get damaged. Each propeller is capable of pushing out 20kW of power, giving the Ambular the ability to carry patients up to 250lb for as long as 15 nautical miles.

Ambular’s small, city-friendly size comes from the fact that it lacks a cockpit. Patients are loaded into Ambular’s cabin, and an autonomous piloting system transports them to the hospital. The absence of a pilot, and of piloting controls allows Ambular to operate in relatively small real estate (as compared to helicopters, with a wing-to-wing span of approximately 20 feet.

Designers: Charles Bombardier and Martin Rico for Imaginactive

A tiny phone-mounted kit that lets you test your eye-power from your home

As a glasses-wearer myself, I admit I don’t visit the optometrist as much as I visit the dentist… and I hardly ever visit the dentist. Eyes are by far the one sense we rely on the most, and with the amount of stress we put them through all day, especially with the screens we surround ourselves with, it’s no wonder more and more people find themselves needing prescription eyewear.

Depending on your proximity to screens, medical conditions, or even genetic history, your vision could fluctuate to the degree that you’d need to get eye tests done every few months. The process for getting your eye-power checked, however, hasn’t seen much development in the past decade or more. You still need to book an appointment with the optician or optometrist, get your eyes checked, order a new pair of glasses, and wait a week for them to deliver. Not only is this process painstakingly long, it also requires a lot of effort that a majority of people aren’t willing to take. That’s where EyeQue’s Personal Vision Tracker comes in.

Designed to be an incredibly small device that straps to your phone, the EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker is a mini-scope that works with EyeQue’s app and patented technology to let you accurately calculate your eye-power from the comfort of your home. The mini-scope puts your eye at a fixed distance away from your phone’s screen, while the EyeQue app runs multiple tests to capture each meridian of your eye. The app’s two-button control system allows you to move red and green lines closer to each other till your eye sees them as a single yellow line. Perform a series of tests for each eye, and the app’s advanced technology can exactly chart your eye’s power, keeping a historical record of your eye-power prescriptions on your phone for you to consult. The EyeQue’s readings can be directly used to order new pairs of spectacles or contact lenses online, cutting the entire aforementioned process from weeks to just 2-3 days… while saving you an arduous trip to the eye-doctor!

Designer: EyeQue Corporation

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