Products that Enrich Lives

Industrial design is often considered more a matter of aesthetics than medicine, yet it can greatly enhance the quality of our lives, and indeed preserve life itself. Engineered products are allowing the disabled to lead fuller lives and restoring limbs lost to catastrophe. Resourceful design innovators are marketing remarkable self-monitoring tools, introducing portable diagnostic and treatment technologies, and expanding the reach of affordable toilets. How can we develop more health-generating products to meet the needs of more people? How can we overcome dissemination and economic challenges to bring them to isolated communities?

Festival: 2014

Watch and Listen: Health

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