design for health

Wair: World's Scarf to Filter Pollution, Monitor Air Quality in Real Time

What if a scarf could neutralize harmful emissions that you breath in on your commute to work? After a particularly polluted ride to work through Paris, Caroline van Renterghem founded…

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"Smart" Tampon System Could Help Women Monitor Health, Fertility

Photo by Getty Images Few women enjoy getting a visit from Aunt Flo. But what if your period could prove more help than hindrance? A pair of Harvard-trained researchers are working on a…

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BeGirl's Menstrual Undies, Pads Could Help African Girls Stay in School

HELPING GIRLS Although there are plenty of reusable products in the wild, including fabric sanitary napkins or silicone cups, context is key, according to Sierra. “Many reusable…

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Ralph Lauren's Biometric-Sensing "PoloTech" Shirt Now on Sale

Ralph Lauren tested out its new smart workout shirt at the 2014 U.S. Open on ball boys and now they are releasing the PoloTech shirt to the public. Combining smart electronic textiles,…

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"Flo" Lets Girls in Developing Countries Wash, Dry, Carry Reusable Sanitary Pads

GO WITH IT Designed by Mariko Higaki Iwai, Sohyun Kim, and Tatijana Vasily from California’s Art Center College of Design, Flo is a toolkit that helps girls living in poverty to…

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UV-Detecting "Smart" Bikini Tells You When to Apply More Sunscreen

You know you should wear sunscreen and you probably do, but remembering to reapply is another story. Enter the smart bikini that sends an alert to your phone when you’ve had too…

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Life-Saving Dot: A Bindi That Delivers Vital Nutrition to India's Women

The bindi, a common ornamental mark that many women in India wear, is now helping save lives. Women in rural India often suffer from many illnesses and nutritional deficiencies, one of…

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Stretchy Sensors Could Create Clothes That Detect Toxic Gases, UV Radiation

Early detection plays a critical role in saving lives, whether that is in industrial settings where workers could be exposed to toxic gases or even normal people out in the sun exposed…

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"Wearables For Good" Challenges Designers To Help People in Need

Wearable technology can help you get more exercise, track your sleep, alert you to new text messages, but frankly those are all first world problems. How about using wearable technology…

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Bolivian Knitters Are Saving the Lives of Children With Heart Defects

Photo by Elzbieta Sekowska/Shutterstock Bolivia’s indigenous Aymara women are mending broken hearts—and we don’t mean figuratively. The custodians of centuries-old…

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Quell is the World's First Wearable to Offer Drug-Free Pain Relief

For the hundreds of millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, a new wearable device may provide relief. Quell is a new device that stimulates your nervous system to create a…

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Vittel Will Turn Your Old Couch into Bespoke Running Shoes

Vittel bottled water company wants Europeans to get off their couch and get moving and to do that, they’ll turn your old couch into a new pair of custom running shoes. The French…

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Wedding Dress Designer's Ebola Suit Makes NY Fashion Week Debut

SUIT UP The John Hopkins suit improves on existing protection in several ways, according to its makers. A single-piece garment, the prototype has less than 10 potential points of…

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Insulated Sleeping Bag Expands Into a Mobile Shelter for the Homeless

Last October, Carnegie Mellon University charged its students to devise temporary, economically viable shelters for housing some of the 578,424 homeless people living in the United…

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Vigour: A Rehabilitative "Smart" Cardigan for Geriatric Patients

INVISIBLE TECH The Vigour’s unassuming appearance is key to making it palatable to a wider audience, since its familiar look and feel comforts rather than intimidates. (Thanks to…

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Misfit, Swarovski Unveil World's First Solar-Powered Activity Tracker

SHINY For extra glamour, the Swarovski Shine collection includes nine interchangeable accessories, including the “Slake” bracelet and the “Vio” pendant, designed…

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Myontec's "Smart" Shorts Promise to Give You a Better Workout

Finish company Myontec’s MBody Coach tech shorts promise to ramp up your athletic performance with real time monitoring and coaching. While the everyday exerciser can get away…

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Victoria's Secret's "Incredible" Sports Bra Monitors Your Heart Rate

Vitals tracking just got a whole lot more intimate, thanks to the new “Incredible” sports bra from Victoria’s Secret. Designed to provide “maximum support”…

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