2018/9 design magazine

Get inspired by the latest innovations, like artificial narrow intelligence, Kiox, liquid self repairing robots and more.


Manovivo is one of the latest in wearable tech products that aims to help people with rheumatoid arthritis. It gets a comprehensive view of their daily activities and recognises areas of improvement. The smart glove consists of adjustable rings to be worn on the fingers, hands, and wrists.

Equipped with sensors, they measure a range of motion and minute muscle movements to assess the level of hand dysfunction and how to stabilise it. Designed to enhance the recovery process during physical therapy, it reflects how well RA is controlled, what actions cause an individual’s case to worsen, and what exercises offer improvement.

ANI helping doctors

About 17.4 million healthcare workers are missing from the medical sector globally. The human resource crisis in healthcare is a burning issue. Could artificial intelligence give a helping hand to doctors?

There are two powerful changes that will reshape our reality, mobility and medicine. Technological brake-throughs in self-driving cars are going to change the infrastructure around us with the main goal to make mobility safer and cleaner.

On the other hand information technology is integrated more and more in healthcare, to provide clinical health care from a distance. It has been used to overcome distance barriers and to improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.

Early forms of telemedicine were achieved with telephone and radio have been supplemented with videotelephony, advanced diagnostic methods supported by distributed client/server applications, and additionally with tele-medical devices to support in-home care.

Artificial narrow intelligence is a new technology with a high chance of being used soon. Smart algorithms could assist doctors in designing treatment plans and finding the best-suited methods for every patient. They can take over repetitive, monotonous tasks, so physicians and nurses can concentrate on their actual jobs instead of, e.g. fighting the tread-wheel of bureaucracy.

In the future, cognitive assistants could prioritize e-mails in doctors’ inboxes or keep them up-to-date with the help of finding the latest and most relevant scientific studies in seconds.

ANI is no wonder weapon, and many challenges will arise from the technology. On the one hand, there is the financial burden. On the other hand, many technical and ethical questions pop up. What elements of physicians’ repetitive tasks, such as note taking or administrative duties could AI ease, and which ones such as diagnosis, treatment or monitoring could it facilitate? Who is responsible if an AI-assisted medical decision causes harm to a patient?

Artificial intelligence could become a powerful tool to ease the human resources crisis in healthcare. That does not mean it will replace medical professionals, it rather entails the support of healthcare jobs as well as making up for the lack of workforce. But before that happens there is a lot of work for designers to integrate the technology in the best possible way in the lives of people.

Source: medicalfuturist.com


After softening and naturally drying potato peels (which are made up of starches and fibers) the organic material can bond and harden into the desired cone shape. The resulting material is made entirely of production waste and 100% biodegradable. After being used, the peel packaging can be reintroduced to the biological cycle to become animal food or fertiliser for crops – including potatoes.


This is a completely home-made, 3D printed camera that brings fun and frolic to photography. The Cameradactyl was designed to be infinitely customisable, foldable, and it shoots on 4×5″ film. It is inspired by vintage shooters and comes complete with an adjustable bellow and rail systems for the lens and the viewfinder, allowing you to manually focus and line up your shot.


Conspicuous yet calming. Vessel is truly a beautiful household object that promotes relaxation of the mind and the senses. Taking its inspiration from the lines of ancient Chinese vases, this diffuser also functions as decorative tableware. Place just a few drops of your favourite essential oils on the natural volcano stone set gently but firmly into the mouth of Vessel, and within a few minutes any room will be gently filled with calming, intoxicating natural scent.


The SanSui a simple humidifier and aromatherapy diffuser has an elegance and flair that goes beyond being aesthetic and functional. It looks good, performs well, but ultimately, soothes one’s soul too.


The Kiox is an onboard computer from Bosch for your e-bike that lets you visualise data such as your speed, cadence, distance, battery level, and even access more niche features like indicating when your bike needs servicing, as well as rider’s health stats like heart rate, etc.

Kiox’s main device sits right between your handlebars, while its control (a separate unit) can be mounted near your left or right hand for ease-of-use. Its screen comes with vivid colours that can display data in all weather and daytime conditions.

The Kiox pairs with heart-rate monitors too, using Bluetooth to pull heart-rate data from the monitor and display it on the screen, allowing you to measure your stats as well as performance as you go.

Liquid self repairing robot

A liquid metal robot can change its form and repair from damage. This prototype, created by a team from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Wollongong in Australia is made up of a small plastic wheel, a lithium battery, and drops of gallium, a soft silvery metal.

Liquid metal alloys are uniquely suited for soft robots due to their high conductivity, controllable surface tension, and flexibility.The small, shape-shifting robot could be used to access environments that would be difficult for a human or fixed-shape bot to navigate, such as disaster zones, or to deliver drugs through the body and directly attack tumor cells.

Out of this world

Great product of the Anicorn & NASA collaboration to celebrate the 60th anniversary of NASA’s establishment. The hand-less watch contains a Miyota 9015 automatic movement on the inside, encased in 316L Stainless Steel with a Sapphire-coating reinforced Plexiglass window on both sides.

To add a signature aerospace touch to it, the watch comes with white textile straps and an embroidered NASA logo, making it feel almost like an extension of the spacesuit.


Go Sleep clock is a twist on the traditional alarm clock with functionality that’s actually quite the opposite. Instead of waking you up with a blaring alarm sound, it encourages you to get to bed at a decent hour each night by making you yawn! Simply set your desired bedtime and a built-in mechanical flipbook will play an animation of a character yawning at the same time as an audio clip of a yawn plays.

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