Medical innovations that will revolutionize the future of your healthcare: Part 4

2020 has ingrained in me an age-old adage my mom loves to quote – health is wealth. Focus on our healthcare and the strain on our healthcare system has increased exponentially this year. While the world altogether has jumped up to help improve our healthcare systems, what can truly help is improved preventive methods, devices that help the patients monitor their health from home as well as to stay in touch with their doctors virtually while providing accurate data. The best example of the data’s impact is how an Apple Watch helped saved a man’s life by detecting problems with his heartbeat – and this is just the beginning. The products here show the best of healthcare we can provide to make this world a better place!

Chicago-based startup Cast21, however, has designed a sleeve that fits over any hand. Cast21’s cast takes shape around your hand once it’s filled with a patented gel that hardens over time. Doctors select a sleeve-size based on whether the patient is a child or a fully-grown adult. The sleeve is slipped on, and filled with a patented mixture of resins that become a malleable gel after a while. The doctor can then adjust the gel to perfectly hug the limb, giving it the support it needs. Patients can even choose between gel-colors, opting for combinations and gradients, breaking the stigma that casts need to look horribly clinical. The resins harden through an exothermic reaction, providing soothing heat to the limb as the cast begins to take shape.

Literally, the size of a quarter, Adam Miklosi’s Dab is an unobtrusive Holter ECG/EKG that rests comfortably on your chest, constantly reading your heart’s movements. Designed to be minimal, non-invasive, and simple, the Dab tries to bridge the gap between medical appliances and wearables. Its tiny yet classy design sits on your chest via a gel patch, while the electrodes capture your heart activity. The Dab’s dry-electrodes allow it to be used and reused, while constantly measure one’s heart activity (requiring periodic charging via their wireless charging hub), and keep logs of accurate readings, quietly sitting on your chest while you absolutely forget that they’re even there in the first place!

A band of Korean designers (Hong Seonghwan, Lee Hyungtaek, Lee Taekkyung & Song Yoojin) 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 Medisight aims to solve this comfort issue and improve on existing PPE options for a post-pandemic world. Unlike a standard surgical mask, this product allows for continual airflow behind the face cover, so the user isn’t trapped breathing the same stale air. For added comfort, the Medisight’s frame wraps around the head, staying secure with minimal face contact. The clear shield also lets patients see the user’s face, helping them form a more personal connection. It is also helpful for hearing-impaired individuals, who may rely on reading lips to communicate. Additionally, as a small but important bonus: the Medisight is reusable, unlike standard medical masks, which would help reduce medical waste. The designer says, “The plan is to continue the functional study of materials through various experiments. In addition, in order to realize the concept design of medical devices, we would like to contribute to the development of international medical services by conducting joint research through contact with various medical device companies. Through this, the ultimate goal is to provide more convenient products in the medical environment of medical staff.”

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Deviating from current medical procedures that require surgery, the Bend just needs a long fingernail. A piece of thread is tied to the fingernail at one end, and the Bend splint at the other. The string is then wound around the splint, so that the finger is pulled into shape again, allowing the bones to align properly. The bend even allows for finger movement, letting the patient heal as well as recover from the injury as quickly as possible!

Alice Turner decided to design Amplify, a hearing device that was made to be seen, to feel confident about, and to help people experience life to its full potential! Amplify was created to give the hearing-impaired demographic an added value that made the hearing aid more than just a medical accessory. “In the ’60s, glasses were aids for a disability. Now, glasses have evolved into ‘eyewear’, a fashion statement, and an extension of your personality. This shift made me question why the main innovation in hearing aid design is developing technology to make them smaller and more hidden,” says the designer on her thought process behind starting the project. Using bone conduction technology, Amplify provides users with high-quality audio for a more comfortable and wholesome sound experience. This technology enables the device to decode sound waves and convert them into vibrations that can be received directly by the Cochlea so the eardrum is never involved. Amplify essentially becomes your eardrum!

Austin-based startup Diligent Robotics has brought to market a robot nurse that is designed to reduce workloads so that hospitals can use their staff as efficiently as possible. Meet Moxi, a hospital robot assistant that helps clinical teams with their routine, non-patient facing tasks so they have more time for patient care. Handling tasks like collecting supplies, gathering soiled linens, and delivering fresh ones, Moxi could help to reduce health care professionals’ exposure to disease. The robot comes to market as the number of coronavirus cases around the world grows, and frontline workers — including doctors and nurses — are feeling the pressure and this could be the easiest, safest method to prevent our medical staff’s burnout.

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. Miltul Lad & Cambridge Consultants designed Kite to replace 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.

Designed by Lara Laddey, the Auvis here is a digital stethoscope that is structured to detect early signs of arthrosis. The instrument has built-in sensors to catch sounds emitted by joints, making it easier to pick up degenerating cartilage inside them. Arthrosis that this digital stethoscope intends to detect is a non-inflammatory degenerative condition that’s mainly associated with aging. It occurs as a person grows older and the joint cartilage becomes rugged and begins to wear out. Since, the designer says, “cartilage degeneration, the starting point of arthrosis, can neither be seen on X-Ray nor MRT,” the Auvis presents itself as a viable med gadget. Degenerating cartilage tends to generate sounds that the sensors on the Auvis can pick up to let a physician interpret the feedback and give the diagnosis. Like an ordinary stethoscope, Auvis also comprises an examining tool and a neckpiece – the only difference being, these are wirelessly connected and offer an unrestricted opportunity to examine various joints on the body.

Aria by Minwoo Lee is a portable medical product created with the sole purpose of detecting malaria utilizing Infrared Light. Aria eradicates the need for medical specialists, expensive equipment, and highly trained staff. It performs the functions of all. Lee chose infrared light as the hero of the day, because it can be used to detect the presence of Malaria causing parasites in the blood, and can even ascertain the number of parasites present. ‘Attenuated Total Reflection-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy’ is a test that harnesses infrared light to detect parasites through the molecular vibrations they create. The light increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, in turn killing the viral, bacterial, and fungal toxins in the blood.

 

A quick look at how much time, money, and stress this could save us – 1/5th of doctor’s consultation time is spent on non-medical issues and there are more than 13.5 million GP appointments that do not require medical attention, most of these can be attributed to the human nature of worrying and because there is no other way of ruling out how we feel. Devices like Kala that use existing technology in innovative ways can pave the way to make monitoring devices digital, smaller, non-invasive, and most importantly, accessible. Over 60% of the world’s deaths are caused by heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, and diabetes. The first step in diagnosing these ailments requires simple tools like a stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure pump, and self-glucose monitor – Kala includes all of these and more. It tests lung functions, temperature, blood glucose, blood oxygen, stethoscope, electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure which can reduce panic doctor visits and save time on follow-ups too.

 

 

The pandemic has seen a surge in the demand for items like masks, face-shields, and PPE, aggravating our plastic waste problem. Countries have ramped up production for medical kits too, and more testing often leads to more waste being created. Fernando Sánchez from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico proposes a solution to this rising waste problem with his Biodegradable Medical Test kit. Made entirely from plant-based materials that can easily biodegrade into soil, these kits help ramp up testing without leaving a massive ecological footprint behind. The kit consists of a nanoparticle-based immunochromatographic test that helps detect antibodies present in a blood, serum, or plasma sample. The tests are accurate and easy to read as the results display in under 8 minutes.

Check out more innovative and revolutionary medical innovations with more posts of this series!

Fujifilm’s portable X-ray unit brings healthcare to the palm of your hands!

No one ever looks forward to a hospital visit, especially not right now – home healthcare is making a serious comeback in the year 2020, and not only for the older crowd. Product designs like CALNEO XAir, a portable X-ray unit, have come to prove it. The handheld device is authoritative and trustworthy in its conception and manufacturing. In 2019, CALNEO XAir received both the Bronze award in International Design Excellence from IDEA and the Gold Product Award from iF Design.

The award-winning design was created by the team at FUJIFILM in order to provide a convenient household healthcare tool that meets today’s medical guidelines and scientific standards. CALNEO Xair’s exterior is appealing in its intuitively cohesive configuration, making for a stress-free operation. Additionally, through advanced technological features, the product’s battery power and its ultra-high sensitive cassette for diagnostic imaging have also been improved. The high-sensitivity cassette utilizes FUJIFILM’s proprietary ISS method, which translates X-ray energy into optical signals with minimal electric currents and offers a noticeable amount of noise reduction.

Thanks to its super-sensitive imaging plates, CALNEO Xair captures high-quality images, and the radiation dosage necessary for CALNEO Xair’s operation is considerably less than that of X-ray machines found in hospitals. This means that even in the comfort of your own home, you can receive the medical attention and information necessary for healthy living. The product is handheld in order to provide optimal comfort and convenience. Its full weight comes out to an ultralight 3.5kg (roughly 7lbs) as a result of less battery mass and a lightweight X-ray tube. CALNEO Xair reduces radiation exposure for patients, provides reliable and quick information related to the user’s bone health, and brings the benefits of home healthcare to the palm of your hand.

Hospital workers have a lot on their plates, always, but especially in the year 2020, with COVID-19 ramping up again and medical centers understaffed or overwhelmed. CALNEO Xair could provide some relief by transforming the prototypical, heavy-duty X-Ray machine into a contemporary, modern handheld device that’s instinctive and accessible for everyone.

Designer: FUJIFILM

Sleek electric q-tip gently cleans out the wax from inside your ear

I’ll just confess over here that I’m terrified of using a Q-tip. The last time I tried using one was back in college – I could feel like my ear needed cleaning, so I picked an earbud up and carefully went at it. I ended up pushing the wax further into my canal, and suddenly I could barely hear out that ear because of the wax blockage. A doctor finally helped me out, and told me something I remember to this day. That Q-tip isn’t meant for in-ear usage. It’s a convenient thing everyone takes for granted, but if you ever pick up a box and actually read the instructions, it specifically states that the Q-tip’s design is made for cleaning AROUND the ear, and not inside it.

WAXOFF takes a much more precise and no-nonsense approach to ear-cleaning. No larger than an electric toothbrush, the WAXOFF is an electric Q-tip that uses a rotating head with a helical pattern that gently scoops and pushes out any wax inside your ear, instead of accidentally pushing it in. Designed for self-use, the WAXOFF is a personal hygiene device that can be used without external supervision. It rotates at a constant speed in one direction, relying on the helical channels to gather and push out any ear-wax. The head’s flexible, soft design allows it to gently slide into any ear, and its simple wax-removal technique is practically foolproof. WAXOFF’s rotating head is replaceable, and can be ejected and swapped out using two push-buttons on the top of the handle. Plus, a single button with the WAXOFF branding lets you toggle it on or off, and a USB-C port on the back lets you charge the device when its battery runs low.

Designer: Michał Szczególski

This air purifying face shield + smart display concept shows doctors medical data in real-time!

Medical workers, who are on the front-lines of this pandemic, need the best protection against the virus. Traditional medical masks are cheap and effective but can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods because the material prevents fresh air from coming in. (After months of consistently wearing masks, most of us are probably familiar with the unpleasant sensation of wearing one after a big lunch.)

The Medisight aims to solve this comfort issue and improve on existing PPE options for a post-pandemic world. Unlike a standard surgical mask, this product allows for continual airflow behind the face cover, so the user isn’t trapped breathing the same stale air. For added comfort, the Medisight’s frame wraps around the head, staying secure with minimal face contact. The clear shield also lets patients see the user’s face, helping them form a more personal connection. It is also helpful for hearing-impaired individuals, who may rely on reading lips to communicate. Additionally, as a small but important bonus: the Medisight is reusable, unlike standard medical masks, which would help reduce medical waste. The designer says, “The plan is to continue the functional study of materials through various experiments. In addition, in order to realize the concept design of medical devices, we would like to contribute to the development of international medical services by conducting joint research through contact with various medical device companies. Through this, the ultimate goal is to provide more convenient products in the medical environment of medical staff.”

The most unique feature of the Medisight face shield is the embedded smart display, which presents the patient’s medical information in real-time. Equipped with a real-time black box camera for live recording and transfer of information, this shield can potentially transform the way doctors communicate in a situation – by consulting with specialists who can view the patient and confer/relay instructions without delaying any precious time. Instead of reading off a physical chart, a medical staffer can simply read the information on the glass. This is a small convenience for sure, but in the future, it could significantly change the design of other medical devices. Hospital rooms would no longer need bulky machines to monitor patients’ vitals; that information, which would typically be shown on a large screen, could be stored in an online database and accessed through the Medisight. The concept of the Medisight face shield is exciting because of its immediate and long-term benefits. If this product was available today, it would provide thousands of medical professionals with secure and comfortable protection. In the long-term, widespread adoption could save money and put a dent in the millions of pounds of one-use medical supplies thrown out each year.

Designer: Wonkyoung Kim

This washable face mask with a patented micro-etched filter can be reused over and over again

No matter what sort of medical-grade face-mask you own and use, I guarantee you it has at least one component that needs to be disposed of or replaced every few weeks. Whether it’s a surgical mask that needs to be disposed of entirely or a hard-shell mask with replaceable filter-inserts, every mask out there, reusable or not, generates some form of waste. While some would say that’s just the price humanity has to pay to keep us safe, the team at Vault Creation doesn’t believe in creating non-biodegradable waste as a by-product of human safety.

Meet VoGuard, a mask with components that can be reused over and over. It comes with a flexible medical-grade PVC outer that fits on any face-type, and a unique filter you can wash and reuse multiple times. Unlike disposable fabric filters that get fitted into most masks, VoGuard actually uses a perforated polyester film that can be washed, sanitized, and reused over and over again. Vault Creation, the company behind VoGuard, develops these innovative polyester filters in-house. They use a patented plasma ion-beam dry-etching technique to create 5-micron perforations in the film, allowing it to trap particles and droplets that may contain viral inhalants and harmful particles, while letting clean air pass through. The polyester construction enables VoGuard’s filters to last much longer than regular fabric filters since they can be washed and reused multiple times (although you should switch the filters for a fresh pair every 6 months for sanitary reasons).

VoGuard’s filters were made to be easy to clean and reuse. Simply wash them under running water with soap (as you would your hands) gently lathering up the surface before rinsing the soap off, and your filter is as good as new. If you’re in a bit of a rush, you could even use disinfecting wipes to wipe-down your filters, spray them with sanitizer, or rub sanitizer-gel onto them… Once clean, the plyester filters are good to use again. VoGuard’s filters use incredibly tiny perforations (measuring 5-microns in diameter) to trap particles, unlike fabric and melt-blown filters that trap particles using static electricity. Think of it as a fine-mesh sieve that prevents particles larger than the holes in it from passing through. Not only does this mean VoGuard’s filters last a whole lot longer than traditional static filters, but it also increases breathability by as much as 3x, allowing only clean air to flow through freely, and letting you breathe more comfortably than most other surgical or N95 masks. The presence of filters on both the left and right side of the face ensures that your air is filtered both while inhaling as well as while exhaling, keeping you as well as others around you safe.

That impressive feat aside, VoGuard is a comfortable, portable mask that’s designed for battling bad air quality as well as staying safe from potentially infectious diseases. Its flexible soft-PVC body allows it to fold and fit into your pockets, and when opened, it conforms to the shape of your face to prevent the creation of air-gaps. The PVC outer body as well as the filters are easy to clean and maintain too, and can be sanitized with a spray or a wipe, or rinsed under running water with soap. This allows you to use VoGuard over and over without generating medical waste (those surgical masks don’t biodegrade, btw) or spending sums of money on new masks and filters every time. The masks come in a single size, in classic black and pristine white color options, and ship as early as November 2020. If VoGuard reaches its stretch goal, you’ll even get a free anti-bacterial pouch along with each mask!

Designer: Vault Creation

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VoGuard: Washable Face Mask and Filters with Utmost Breathability

The VoGuard is a reusable face mask with a patented plasma ion-beam dry-etching technique to create 5-micron perforations in the film that physically block droplets & harmful particles while allowing free airflow.

Technology Behind VoGuard

Have you ever wondered how the super HD quality works on your television? That exact same technology was applied in the VoGuard filters.

Vault Creation was able to invent the Advanced Plasma Machine and etch micro-sized holes through its patented invention.

Vault Creation used its technology to be the first in the world to etch 5 μm holes on a PET film—a material safe enough to be used in food packaging. Unlike typical masks that uses static electricity to filter, VoGuard blocks any particles that are larger than 5 μm including droplets that carry harmful particles.

An accredited testing center based in Japan called KAKEN tested and proved that the filter in VoGuard blocked 99.9% of pollen.

This experiment shows that VoGuard was able to block a majority of the fine dust, even with the extremely high air pressure — a notable result to consider from the experiment.

Breathable & Comfortable

Compared to most masks which use three layers of filter, VoGuard only uses one layer of filter, making air easier to pass through.

The Testing & Research Institute performed numerous tests and experiments to prove the science behind this unique filter technology. The results show that VoGuard offers THREE TIMES MORE breathability than masks with melt blown filters. Melt Blown Filter Breathability: 349 / VoGuard Filter Breathability: 1073.6

The Breathability Experiment shows that VoGuard allowed the most air flow when air was blown through the filters with an air compressor.

Hygienic

Melt blown filters and cloth masks are classified as disposable because they can be easily contaminated. VoGuard is made from medical-grade PVC (safe for your skin), making it easy to clean with water and wipes. If you’re in a rush, it can even be sanitized with wipes.

The filters are polyester film perforated with 5 μm holes by the Advanced Plasma Machine. It is washable with water, sanitizing wipe or spray to be kept clean and sanitized.

Portable & Foldable

VoGuard is versatile and easy to take with you because it can be folded without being crumpled and destroyed.

Cost-effective & Eco-friendly

Save up to $329 per year by not purchasing disposable masks regularly. VoGuard was designed to be used semi-permanently so you don’t have to worry about hoarding all those disposable masks.

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This autonomous ambulance uses a drone to clear way in crowded cities!

When time is of the essence in event of a medical emergency, seconds also matter. Any delay in transporting a critical patient to the nearest medical facility can be fatal, that’s why an ambulance which can ensure timely transportation of the patient sans any delays can help save countless lives. More so in crowded cities where delays are imminent. The only way to eliminate, or at least diminish the probability of such delays comes in the form of an advanced ambulance which is built in a manner that ensures human life gets a second chance it deserves.

ERKA Autonomous Ambulance is designed keeping in mind the future of mobility in busy city streets plagued by traffic jams and a dearth of parking spots. The minds behind the concept design – Roman Ignatowski (transportation industrial designer) and Maja Bryniarska (engineer architect and industrial designer) – envision a self-driving ambulance that’s propelled by clean energy. The end goal is to have an autonomous emergency medical service that concentrates on the comfort and safety of the patients. The duo identified the current shortcomings in EMS vehicles, thereby designing a compact ambulance that evolves from a small-transport car into a professional vehicle with all the medical facilities.

ERKA is fitted with 90-degrees turning wheels which also act as signal indicators for pedestrians. This ensures maneuverability in tight spaces and lesser parking woes. For a smooth ride, the ambulance has a hydraulic suspension system and for easy accessibility, there is a ramp too. On the inside, there are display screens to keep a tab on the vital statistics of the patient who lies on a comfortable platform during the ride. For more flexibility, the autonomous ambulance has a solar panel roof with a drone that flies ahead and above the traffic to clear way for the ambulance faster. Roman and Maja have put a lot of thought into the dynamics of the design and with more improvements in the ideation, this concept could one day take shape in the real world.

Designer: Roman Ignatowski and Maja Bryniarska

This UVC light-enabled contact lens cleaning system kills 99.999% of bacteria!

Have you ever had your life flash before your eyes when you are spending the night away from home but don’t have your contact solution? Then you Google how to keep your contacts safe because you need them the next morning and you end up putting it in saltwater, praying that they don’t dry up or cause infections to your eye. Obviously, this is not safe and can be extremely harmful – even contact solution alone is not enough to kill all the microbes in your lenses, and if you’re a girl then you know there might even be specs of mascara. So how do we ensure our lenses are always clean and avoid serious infections? We use Q Egg and a reminder on our phones to pack the solution!

Q Egg is a smart contact lens case that gives you triple protection against bacteria by working with your contact solution as well as DNA-smashing UVC light to kill infection-spreading microorganisms. There are three layers of defense that are designed in the product to make the process super efficient while delivering the highest standards of cleanliness – your contact solution, UVC light, and a vibrational motor. Q Egg radiates DNA-smashing UVC light as a second layer of defense to kill infection-spreading microorganisms. The vibrational motor that recirculates the solution to rinse off any remaining particles and natural eye secretions. These powerful combinations kill 99.999% of the toughest and most stubborn pathogens commonly found responsible for contact-related eye infections. In a pandemic where the virus can spread via contact with the eyes, it is important to make sure we are keeping our contact lenses as clean as possible.

The case’s sleek design lets you disinfect your lenses on-the-go and was made to fit with the rest of your cosmetic tools. The product has controlled wavelengths and doses so it won’t fog or change the color of your contact lenses. “Q Egg needs just 30 minutes to do what your contact lens solution alone needs 4 hours to achieve,” claims the team as they talk about how this product was designed to reduce medical risks and costs. One charge cycle will keep it running for 2 weeks and you will not need to keep buying new plastic cases each month for your contacts. It is compatible with all types of contact lenses.

Designer: Q Egg

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This fashionably wireless stethoscope can pick up early signs of degenerating joints

When you say stethoscope, the first thing that comes to mind is an age-old instrument a doctor uses to auscultate a patient’s heart and lungs. The design of a doctor’s stethoscope hasn’t seen a lot of aesthetical alterations since I saw the first one – it’s been decades! Now that there is some innovation – it’s not really for the first intended purpose. The Auvis here is a digital stethoscope that is structured to detect early signs of arthrosis. The instrument has built-in sensors to catch sounds emitted by joints, making it easier to pick up degenerating cartilage inside them.

Arthrosis that this digital stethoscope intends to detect is a non-inflammatory degenerative condition that’s mainly associated with aging. It occurs as a person grows older and the joint cartilage becomes rugged and begins to wear out. Since, the designer says, “cartilage degeneration, the starting point of arthrosis, can neither be seen on X-Ray nor MRT,” the Auvis presents itself as a viable med gadget. Degenerating cartilage tends to generate sounds that the sensors on the Auvis can pick up to let a physician interpret the feedback and give the diagnosis. Like an ordinary stethoscope, Auvis also comprises an examining tool and a neckpiece – the only difference being, these are wirelessly connected and offer an unrestricted opportunity to examine various joints on the body.

Designed by Lara Laddey of Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel University, Auvis stethoscope’s conception is based on a 2019 technology developed by German researchers that can detect the sound emitted by joints. This study is the base of the Auvis which besides its medical benefits is for one a stethoscope young medicos will love to flaunt outside of the operation theater.

Designer: Lara Laddey

This Portable UV-C Lamp can Sterilize an Entire Room with the Push of a Button

With the whole world in a public health emergency, there is a significant need for heavy-duty sanitation devices. As public spaces reopen, disinfecting surfaces thoroughly and often is very important. However, there’s only so much an employee can do. The UV Irradiator streamlines the process of sterilizing an entire room, relieving some work-stress for the managers, and keeping patrons safe.

UV-C radiation is an effective disinfectant against bacteria and viruses, often used in hospital rooms and on surgical tools. Recent studies also indicate that UV-C is effective against the SARS-Coronavirus. The UV Irradiator takes the existing technology and adapts it into a portable, automated sterilizer. It consists of six UV lamps which distribute UV-C rays across a 360-degree radius. Its slender structure takes up minimal space and allows for easy maneuvering between rooms and tight hallways. The two handles on the device allow users to move the UV Irradiator without physically touching the lamps themselves. It also has a retractable plug that stores the wire chord neatly in the base, saving users the trouble of wrapping a cable securely around the machine.

In addition to being highly portable, the UV Irradiator looks very user-friendly, with a straight-forward four-button set-up. The start-button has an automatic 30-second delay, giving users time to leave the room before being exposed to the radiation. The device also comes with all-around motion sensors, as an extra safety measure in case someone enters the room during the decontamination process. Because the UV Irradiator is so easy to use, it could significantly decrease the risk of viral spread in public places.

Designers: Max Mysechko and Artemiy Drobyazko

This smart pill bottle was designed to change user behavior and fight the opioid epidemic

More than 750,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Two out of three drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid – the crisis is an ongoing epidemic where the medicine has taken an evil form. Opioids are prescribed drugs that can become addictive leading the patient to soon go from legal opioids to finding illegal opioids which soon turns into full-blown drug addiction. The drugs formulated to replicate the pain-reducing properties of opium binds to the parts of the brain that not only control pain but also emotion, making the user feel good with a rush of dopamine when they take it. In America, an estimated 10.3 million people above the age of 12 misused opioids in 2018 alone.

We need to understand that it starts with emotion and behavior before it becomes a problem, and good design has the power to change our behavior which can be a pillar of support to the medical and mental health professionals doing their best to fight this epidemic. Meet Pilleve – a smart pill bottle that aims to fill in the gap between opioid prescription and addiction. As a part of the larger solution to the misuse of opioids, this integrated pill bottle comes with a connected smartphone application that can accurately monitor a patient’s intake in real-time while securely holding opioids at all times. Many of the prescription bottles come with a child safety lock but not an adult safety lock, and that is what Pilleve was designed for. The goal is to help the user control and be accountable for their own intake right from the beginning which inculcates a sense of responsibility and decreases the chances of the user losing self-control when it comes to medication. If in case they do, the real-time monitor can alert family or local authorities to take timely action and even save lives.

The bottle is like a modern lava lamp with a minimal aesthetic, it almost looks like something Apple would make if they ever decided to venture into medical product design. The white bottle can be depressing on its own but the warm yellow transparent pill container gives it a pop of color and a friendlier vibe. It also comes in a slightly darker aesthetic with a black base and blue container. The dispenser has a toggle slide switch which can be used to dispense the exact amount of dosage needed and make it a habit right from the first day of your prescription course. It also helps to reduce the plastic waste generated each time you have to get a new container. Pilleve is the size of a coffee cup making it easy to carry and store anywhere while still being discreet. Its simple mechanism integrated with the smart app gives us this efficient pill dispenser that can encourage forming a healthier relationship with medicine and can save up to 130 lives a day. As a design community, we can play a pivotal role in helping the medical community curb this epidemic by shifting user perception by changing the way they interact with pills – we shouldn’t be afraid to take medicines in times of need.

Designer: Vuk Dragovic