Finding Baby Khang

On a field research trip in 2012, we met a very sick newborn whose severe jaundice couldn’t be treated with conventional phototherapy.  After two days of treatment with Firefly, baby Khang was out of danger and on his way to perfect health.  His exhausted but happy parents invited us to follow them home from the hospital.  

We just returned to the same village in Vietnam, going door-to-door through the narrow alleys in the hopes of finding the family.  Meeting baby Khang as a four-year-old was a powerful reminder of why DtM exists.

Firefly is Brighter!

Ever since Firefly entered production in 2012, DtM partner MTTS has continued to iterate and improve upon the original design.  The latest model Firefly has taken a huge leap in clinical intensity: 50% brighter intensity from above the baby, and almost double the intensity from below.
Learn how we validate phototherapy intensity, and what brighter lights means for treating jaundiced newborns and for the design of our Otter newborn warmer!

ADE team in Vietnam

A team of students from Olin and Babson College brought the Otter Warmer prototype back to Vietnam this month for additional user-testing and a detailed manufacturing review.  They returned with even more confidence about key design decisions, and ideas on how to significantly reduce the product cost.
DtM really wants to know: how many Vietnamese iced coffees did it take before they experienced arrhythmia, and is there such thing as too much pho?

DtM Interview in Core77

One of the highlights from Autodesk University was meeting the team from Core77. Designer and journalist Rain Noe captured the highlights of our hour-long discussion about everything from design and partnerships to stolen equipment and spies.
Learn how DtM was inspired by a predawn boat ride with an underwater robot and some Navy SEALs.  Warning: salty language!