participated in the 2011 open innovation contest held in USA and some of the
brightest concepts were presented from across the world in an attempt to
improve the life of diabetics.
were nearly 100 entries from students in the field of Medicine, Entomology,
Nutrition, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Product Design, Engineering,
Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Interactive Media,
Architecture, and more.
Brewer, President and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),
recently said "This contest has
created a great deal of buzz within the diabetes industry, really helping to
push the evolution of medical devices."
It is always a challenge for the
judges to balance the concepts of "great design" versus "innovation,
"aesthetics" over "functional feasibility", and the potential of an idea to
come to market soon.
After much thought and deep
consideration for all the basic requirements, the following prize winners have
in design, this modular three-part "wearable artificial pancreas" takes the
combination of tubeless insulin pumping and continuous glucose monitoring to a
creators have also created a third component that delivers the hormone
'glucagon' as an antidote to low blood sugar. The "brains" of the system rests
in the Bluetooth-enabled CoreMD, which is designed to "create a flexible, open
platform, and common architecture design that would allow for medical devices
to be more affordable than what is available in the market today."
judges unanimously agreed that Pancreum is an amazing futuristic concept. "It deals
with major design flaws in all of the current pumps and is the first design I
have seen that brings together a dual delivery system along with CGM in an
integrated and turnkey fashion," one of the judges remarked.
appears to be in development, already, and it can without doubt impact the
lives of diabetics.
and software engineer Gil de Paula and his team at Pancreum, LLC, have
developed this award- winning design!
a small, unique, portable insulin-delivery device unlike anything we've seen
before. It can be easily carried around in a pocket or worn as a neck-chain. It
even contains a coolant for those diabetics who live in warmer places.
judges were impressed for what it was - a simple, elegant solution
real-world problems associated with diabetes- which is to carry the insulin
around and inject it without anyone noticing..!
one could wear these little, pocket-sized "blobs" one is not required to wear
gadgets that is adhered to the body..!
type 1 diabetic (from Uruguay) Lucianna Urruty for her innovative thinking!
gadget brought elements of gaming into the juvenile diabetic world.
an iPhone/iPod touch application that prompts a glucose meter to "acknowledge
the user as a human being."
current model is designed specifically for teenage girls, but plans are on to
create models for boys and younger children.
judges felt that this application has used the latest interactive technologies
to bring about behavior change and that it is in sync with key health trends
and has acknowledged the patients' psychological needs!
to designer Emily Allen on her creation!