Every summer for the past 19 years, graduating seniors at the world-renowned Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem showcase their final projects in an end-of-year event.
Several projects in past years have focused on improving health through industrial design: sensory wall panels for deaf children; expandable shoes for people with foot ailments; crutches of lightweight corrugated cardboard and plastic joints.
About 400 student projects were featured this year in a variety of categories. Below we highlight innovations in the health and wellbeing area. Though these designs are only theoretical for now, they have the potential to be commercialized.
Designed by Michal Simon, Reni is a smart home kidney dialysis system facilitating treatment in the comfort of the home environment while maintaining contact with medical staff as well as monitoring and controlling the treatment parameters.
Nitsan Ravid’s smart wearable product and corresponding game app help motivate physical-therapy patients to practice their daily exercises at home. With the help of an embedded sensor system, Fiz becomes a “wearable remote control” whose movement is translated into movements in the game.
Reut Kolp designed this sensory cell to help create balance in the sensory system of children on the autistic spectrum. Meant for home use, Intuit securely envelops children in a “bubble” in which they can touch various textures, look at flashes of colors and listen to unique sounds. Intuit could be adapted to the individual needs of each child.
Blood loss from injury requires immediate treatment, but in many scenarios (such as the battlefield) it’s difficult or impossible to get donated blood to the person in need. So Netta Shanwald designed a military kit to store and transport blood safely to wherever it’s needed.
Shay Glikman’s project is a wheelchair accessory that provides a discreet, hygienic solution for those who cannot make the transition from wheelchair to toilet when they are traveling or in a public restroom.
Yehuda Hermann designed this progressive biological system for mosquito control as an alternative to chemical pesticides. His innovative system transforms the adult mosquito into a carrier for Bacillus bacteria, which attacks and kills mosquito larvae before they can hatch.
In response to a rising population and diminishing access to fresh fruit in some parts of the world, Meydan Levy designed seed cases for growing artificial fruits that would contain the varied nutrition people need.
Using origami and soft mechanics, Oran Sheinman designed prototypes of 3D printed custom-made expand-and-contract polymer sandals that allow for maximum movement, shock absorption and a healthful “barefoot walking” experience without sacrificing protection.