If you’re in the market for a six-figure Tesla Model X, a WaveRunner watercraft outfitted with state-of-the-art speakers, or a smart mattress that can track your vital signs, they were all featured at the annual New York City Luxury Technology Show held on 23 March. But as the associate editor of The Institute, I turned my attention to technologies that could save lives and engage people with technology, such as 3-D printing in a new way. Here are three products that stood out.
The few minutes before an ambulance arrives often can make the difference between life and death. Mobilize Rescue Systems, a company in Pittsford, N.Y., has developed an interactive first-aid kit that comes with an app for bystanders to use during life-saving interventions.
The kit comes in three sizes and offers aid for more than 80 medical conditions including allergic reactions and cardiac arrest. Inside the larger cases is a tablet with the app, which asks questions—such as whether the person is bleeding and to what extent—to better gauge the situation. Depending on the answers selected, it provides step-by-step instructions on how to help the victim.
The kit comes with bandages, tourniquets, burn-cream packets, glucose, and other aids. The items are numbered and color-coded to make it easier to follow along with instructions from the app.
The compact rescue system comes with the app and eight first-aid items for US $180. The mobile system costs $1,750 and includes 30 first-aid items as well as a tablet. The comprehensive system, which costs $2,250, includes a durable case with a built-in tablet as well as 30 first-aid items.
Rapael’s lightweight glove, made of elastomer (a polymer with viscosity and elasticity), can help patients who have neurological injuries with their rehabilitation. The glove includes sensors and syncs via Bluetooth to a tablet that comes installed with an app that includes more than 40 interactive games. The rehab exercises make physical therapy more engaging. The glove was designed by rehabilitation device maker Neofect of Yongin, South Korea.
One of the games, for example, requires the patient to squeeze a virtual orange, imitating what she sees on the screen. The goal is to squeeze enough juice to fill a glass. The glove gauges the wearer’s grip during the exercise.
Other exercises focus on wrist and forearm movements.
The software uses artificial intelligence to adjust the difficulty level in real time to challenge the patient and help her improve. If the AI program senses the exercises are becoming too easy for the patient, it automatically increases the number of repetitions or decreases the time the user has to complete the task.
Clinical studies have shown significant improvements in patients’ hand function over the course of one month compared with conventional physical therapy. Users track their progress on the app.
People can rent the glove, which comes with the tablet and app, for $99 per month.
Imagine creating an image on your phone and then seeing it come to life. That’s the idea behind the Ono smartphone 3-D printer and app. The app lets users make a design, whether it be of the Eiffel Tower, their favorite animal, or a unique creation of their own. You then place the phone inside the handheld printer, which includes an LED interface, a resin tank, and printing film.
Once the phone’s in the printer, you pour resin into it. The resin hardens from the phone screen’s white light. The design created on the app becomes a 3-D printed product in about two hours.
There is also a social-media component. Users can send their 3-D design to friends, who can then print the object using their own Ono printer. The gadget can be valuable in classrooms to engage students and teach them about design, technology, and engineering, according to an Ono representative.
Ono is based in San Francisco. The printer costs $99, and each bottle of resin retails for $15.