In a 12-week design sprint this summer, we developed a revolutionary new medical device to protect vulnerable newborns from hypothermia, preventable illness and death. Here’s a recap in text and video!
Three members of our summer student design team discuss their experiences, their favorite parts of the design process and where they see themselves headed as distinguished DtM alumni.
In the process of building the Otter alpha prototype, we learned some painful lessons and picked up some useful new tricks. These brief notes may save you time on your own projects!
DtM has just teamed up with students and faculty at Olin and Babson Colleges to help prepare the Otter alpha prototype for volume manufacture and scale.
At the end of July, the focus of our summer design sprint shifted from background research and product positioning to prototype fabrication. We have been drinking lots of coffee and racking up the miles, dividing our time between DtM’s Salem studio and the Autodesk BUILD Space in Boston.
Over the years, we’ve accumulated an invaluable collection of inexpensive tools to support 3D-printing. Check out this list of our favorite gadgets.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: It takes a village to complete a summer design sprint. Watch us channel Greer Garson as we highlight the many technical experts who have generously contributed their time and smarts!
German mathematician David Hilbert said "a perfect formulation of a problem is already half its solution." Internally, we call that perfect formulation the “hypothesis of record,” and here’s what it looks like in the early stages of a DtM product like the Otter newborn warmer.
On her summer break from med school, new team member and DtM Clinical Fellow Kristen Moulton digs into the literature on newborn hypothermia. Also, the design team conducts interviews with newborn and global health experts in Boston and overseas. What the heck is a sacrificial concept?
It takes a village to launch a summer design sprint! Sponsor Lenovo donated blazing fast CAD computers for product development. Come on a tour of the BUILD Space, where our team of Autodesk Student Experts has access to the most cutting-edge rapid prototyping tools, including a CNC mill the size of a garage.
Learn how to make a gigantic cardboard geodesic dome with your kids this summer, just like the one we built at our second annual Field Day in New York!
The most recent in a series of milestones for Firefly, the devices have now treated over 50,000 newborns in 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
We're excited to welcome two new members to the summer design team. Together, Karan, Kristine and Malory will develop an "alpha" or fully functional prototype of the Otter newborn warmer.
New funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Otter Warmer; national and international recognition for our work as social entrepreneurs, designers and engineers.
What is the link between what 1950s rocket scientists called “systems engineering” and what the cool kids call “design thinking”?
Check out the Firefly poster we presented at MIT’s Global Health conference earlier this month.
Learn how a hospital that hosted our earliest phototherapy research study received a Firefly donation from a Boy Scout troop in Italy!
Students designers and engineers from MIT, RISD and Harvard tackle the design of a pulse oximeter and a remote-monitoring tool for medical device donations.
This new paper in Neonatology finds an unmet need for cost-effective diagnosis and treatment of neonatal jaundice in low- and middle-income countries.