ALLAYANT is a paramedic uniform with a built-in adjustable artificial spine (spring) for back support. As the EMT bends over to lift, the back brace automatically adjusts, assisting the EMT in tightening the lower back muscles. With this built in back brace, EMTs can safely lift and transport patients and other heavy loads.
The years between 1999 and 2008 saw a 25 percent decline in music sales and the beginning of the end of the traditional recording industry. Without official standards in recording quality and the equity of music nearing zero, how can the music industry innovate to become profitable again?
Most pirated files are low-quality MP3 files. While the inexperienced can’t tell the difference, for one who truly appreciates a particular song, the difference is unacceptable. Perhaps quality is the innovation the music industry needs in order to adapt. The Audionaut is the tool to draw popular attention to the cause. Reinvigorate interest in high-fidelity, foster newfound respect for an art form and innovate the music industry for the future—that is the purpose of the Audionaut.
Link is a collapsible recurve bow designed for the Mathews brand of high-performance archery equipment. It bridges the gap between special-needs users and performance athletes. With the companion prosthesis, it enables amputees to participate in this sport and become a part of the community. The bow works for nondisabled athletes as well.
KPCC+ is a systematic multipronged growth strategy for this public radio station intended to increase listenership and maintain a long-term competitive advantage. KPCC+ connects listeners both in person and over the air through five initiatives. One of the initiatives is Klik, a digital application that allows listeners to participate in real-time conversations with other listeners who share their interests.
Pal is a complete rethinking of the traditional IV pump. IV pumps are ubiquitous medical devices that are large and clumsy, limiting mobility for patients. Pal fixes this by positioning the fluid bags and mechanics low to the ground. This allows users to effortlessly pull the device, making daily tasks easier and motivating patients to be active. Also, nurses are able to load fluids at a fraction of the time of traditional systems.
The Nursing Kit is a family first-aid kit designed to blend into its surroundings and be a part of people’s daily lives. It adds a breath of fresh air to the mundane. The designers observed that the concept of a first-aid kit is not familiar to typical Taiwanese families. Therefore, they began the design process by seeking a form with which affinities could be easily found and that could be looked upon as a piece of art within the home.
When the Nursing Kit is picked up, the red emergency first-aid cross lights up. The user opens the kit by pushing down on it and turning. The container is separated into three sections: one for sterilization, one for medication and one for dressings. The lid portion functions as a light source, so when the kit is taken apart it can be used as a flashlight.
Based on the theories of natural succession and nucleation techniques, the Nucleario project is a geoengineering concept for forest restoration in degraded areas. Nucleario was designed to be 100 percent biodegradable and perform multiple functions, such as protection from the ants, water accumulation, shade for the seedlings and crowning of the invasive species. With the growth of the Nucleario unit, the forest fragments begin to interconnect and exchange genetic material, moving toward a dynamic balance independent of human action.
Gig Pack is a scooter backpack for the daily use. Unlike conventional folding bikes and scooters, it can be carried on the back, allowing the user to have both hands free. This also makes it more convenient when getting on the bus or subway. It is perfect for college students, people who live in big cities and users of public transportation. Gig Pack is a great way to avoid traffic and a greener way to move.
Blu is a musical instrument for children. Drawing inspiration from a musical keyboard, it reinvents the idea of keys and presents itself as a highly modular, versatile product. By positioning the movable keys, the user can determine the note and the instant in time in which they are to be played. Blu provides an experience analogous to that of playing with building blocks; by playing with the keys, the child understands advanced concepts and acquires a good sense of timing and improvisation.
The main challenge of this project was to decrease the amount of trash left on the beach and increase the recycling of coconuts. Lixeira de Praia is a beach trash can that collects discarded coconuts shells separately from other trash so that the coconut fibers can be reused as raw material in industrial processes. In addition, its functional clean design makes the trash can more attractive.