Demonstrating how an immersive virtual environment helps both athletes and elderly persons improve their perceptual-cognitive skills, Jocelyn Faubert suggests that some challenges associated to ageing may not be inescapable.
Arguing in favor of greater collaboration between designers of surgical devices and physicians, Philip Breedon shows how innovative materials may transform reconstructive surgery and inspire artistic performances.
Examining the challenges and trade-offs involved in the design of three different medical devices, Pascale Lehoux calls for the development of socially responsible and sustainable health innovations.
Taking stock of his 15-year experience in creating and bringing to the market a world-leader innovation in the field of cardiology, Marwan Abboud explains how success may be achieved and pitfalls avoided.
Stressing demographic changes associated to ageing, David Seidel argues in favor of universal design principles that could, by focusing on a number of key functional capabilities, enable everyone, including the “oldest olds” to live at home independently much longer.
Stefanie Blain, inspired by her interactions with voiceless children in a complex continuing care unit, explains how turning their physiological signals into music would enable caregivers and family members to connect with these children’s personhood and emotions.
David Theodore shares his views on the history of pediatric hospital architecture and describes an original research that relied on an active participation of children and young people.
Daniel Fuller argues that the success of the Montreal’s public bicycle sharing program “Bixi”, lies in its technological features and capacity to reconnect users to their forgotten identity as cyclists.
Sophie Paquin explains how greater collaboration between urban planners and public health researchers could enable the creation of cities that encourage healthy living. She also invites North Americans to revisit their “love affair” with the automobile.
Sampsa Hyysalo shares six lessons he learned through his research on the contribution end-users bring to the design of health technology and explains how they generate creative ideas that companies sometimes fail to recognize.
Lauren Tan discusses the positive impact on the UK government policy of the Alzheimer100 project in which designers adopted a co-design approach with people with dementia and their carers to generate novel ideas regarding the delivery of dementia care.
Jorge Silva argues that when designing assistive devices biomedical engineers should seek to “scratch where it itches.” By adopting alternative business models such as open source systems, users of assistive devices are revolutionizing design and production processes, creating technologies that fit the needs of a larger population.