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CES 2017 highlights growing concerns over global air pollution and its associated health impact

2/Feb/2017

CES 2017 highlights growing concerns over global air pollution and its associated health impact

With more than 80% of people living in urban areas and air pollution a hot news topic, it was no great surprise to see that one of the biggest themes at CES this year was ‘air quality’. But it was not the global brands picking up on this theme; instead it was interesting to see some exciting products from startups addressing the global air pollution problem. In fact, the most popular area of the event was in the EUREKA area where there were a few hundred startups. Read more

How much Human Factors Usability is needed to prove a device is safe, effective and usable?

20/Jul/2016

How much Human Factors Usability is needed to prove a device is safe, effective and usable?

In my career I have been lucky enough to gain varying perspectives on the role of usability during the development of medical devices. I’ve worked as part of a design team with a responsibility for concept generation, preliminary research and detailed design. I’ve also worked as part of a human factors team with a broader remit for integrating human factors process across an organisation. One thing experience has taught me is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to usability work. Read more

Virtual Reality (VR) in healthcare - focusing on the user need

28/Jun/2016

Virtual Reality (VR) in healthcare - focusing on the user need

Last Thursday I got the opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest in VR and its applications in healthcare, courtesy of Health Tech Women. Over the course of 2 hours, the Virtual Reality Breakfast event in London showed how VR really is no longer just about video gaming and is being used to transform healthcare across a range of therapy areas. Read more

Risk management: Tips from Bunyadi, London's first naked restaurant

12/May/2016

Risk management: Tips from Bunyadi, London's first naked restaurant

So the waiting list for London’s first naked restaurant has gone through the roof. The Bunyadi opens in June 2016 for three months and claims to offer diners an experience “free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life” including phones, electric lights and even clothing. Read more

Design Shanghai 2016: Pursuit of the natural and traditional

23/Mar/2016

Design Shanghai 2016: Pursuit of the natural and traditional

Design Shanghai is China’s biggest design show. The four-day-long annual event centres on the high-end contemporary market, showcasing designer products ranging from home furnishings to office supplies. In contrast to 2015’s trends of colour and luxury, this year the focus shifted to all things natural, with a strong emphasis on traditional eastern culture. Read more

The future of 3D printing for medical applications: Additive manufacturing opportunities realised

9/Mar/2016

The future of 3D printing for medical applications: Additive manufacturing opportunities realised

The hype surrounding 3D printing has swelled substantially in the past few years, largely driven by accessible design platforms, customisation and distributed manufacturing. While aesthetic design applications can be fascinating in their own right, are all of the functional benefits of 3D printing technologies receiving the attention they deserve? Read more

Green, skinny and a bit spaced out – the future of homes

20/Jan/2016

Green, skinny and a bit spaced out – the future of homes

For the first time in history, more people live in cities than outside them. Rapid urbanisation, resource scarcity and key climatic changes are adding to the pressure on policy makers and those tasked with designing, planning and constructing urban environments. At the same time, a growing number of consumers are coming to demand and expect to live and work in spaces that are not just good for their health and happiness, but are also energy efficient and respectful of the environment. Read more

Christmas then and now: Nostalgic gifts get a digital makeover

15/Dec/2015

Christmas then and now: Nostalgic gifts get a digital makeover

As is customary at this time of year, many of us have given some thought as to what we’d like for Christmas. Leo, my three-year-old nephew, has his wish list sorted. First up, he wants a Jessie the Yodelling Cowgirl figure – she of Toy Story film fame – who was, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the hottest toys of the season back at Christmas 1999. Read more

Something in the air

11/Dec/2015

Something in the air

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “Outdoor air pollution is a major environmental health problem affecting everyone in developed and developing countries alike.” Children, in particular are most susceptible to the impacts of air pollution. Read more

The promise of Eastern beauty

22/Oct/2015

The promise of Eastern beauty

Continued global interest in East Asian skincare and beauty regimes has boosted the development of new products, and leading the way is South Korean cosmetics company, AmorePacific. Read more

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