As of November 2018, the Firefly phototherapy device has treated more than 200,000 newborns in 25 countries. This year marks the first Firefly installations in Indonesia and Jamaica.
A two-year study comparing Firefly phototherapy treatment to standard single-sided phototherapy devices showed an increase in the hourly rate of bilirubin reduction by 54%, and a reduction in newborn treatment time by 21%. Firefly’s faster treatment saves hospital costs and allows babies to go home with their parents that much earlier.
The MSF Japan Innovation Unit (JIU) and Design that Matters are collaborating on the development of new medical devices for low resource settings.
Over Independence Day weekend, Design that Matters moved from Salem, Massachusetts to a new 2,300 sq-ft studio in Redmond, Washington. Here’s a quick summary of our office-space odyssey and the lessons we’ve learned about the qualities of a great design studio.
DtM hosted a crunch-time hackathon for the Spring 2018 Olin-Babson student team from Olin’s Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship course. And we made custom t-shirts!
The van Otterloo family are among the earliest supporters of DtM's work and mission. We will work together to develop a robust and affordable medical device to prevent newborn hypothermia in low-resource hospitals, refugee camps and displaced persons settlements.
We’ve learned that in addition to a well-posed problem, effective collaboration requires the elimination of “nuisance distance”. What can you do to reduce the nuisance distance between you and your most important partners, and what incentives can you provide to get them to cross the nuisance distance you can’t eliminate?
DtM is again partnering with the Olin Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship program. Meet our team of superstar engineers and business students who are diving into Otter manufacturing and regulatory compliance.
A meditation on unintended consequences in design, specifically when product capabilities exceed our design specifications.
During this summer’s design sprint, the team pioneered some new prototype fabrication methods. Learn how you too can create a high-fidelity user interface prototype using cool tools like a laser cutter and a desktop CNC mill!
We’ve just passed a major milestone in the development of the Otter Warmer: the design and fabrication of our alpha prototype, the first iteration to both look like and work like our expectations for the finished product. It includes two key new features: a numerical user interface and a heating assembly manufactured from a translucent polymer film.
Timothy Prestero from Design that Matters, Gregory Dajer from Medical Technology Transfer and Services (MTTS) and Luciano Moccia from Day One Health have just launched a new partnership to accelerate the development of improved low-cost infant medical devices for low resource countries.
We've just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next stage of development of our Otter newborn warmer--and we need your help!
We recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for international research, and as campaign rewards we offered collections of some of our favorite research and travel gear.
This summer has been a whirlwind six-week exercise in making a refined prototype on a limited budget and timeline...
This summer we recruited a design team of Autodesk Student Experts to develop an alpha prototype of our Otter Newborn Warmer.
We would like to recognize the technical experts who have answered countless questions and provided invaluable guidance as we raced through Otter development over the past year.
We want to say a quick thank you to our fantastic spring semester student team from Olin’s Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) course!
Great products meet the user’s expectations and their circumstances. Every designer can tell you how understanding user needs requires lots of direct observations and interviews. DtM has learned that the most valuable feedback requires something more than the standard research toolkit. This short video explains why we go back to some of our favorite hospitals overseas again and again.
With bonus footage from Otter testing in Vietnam!
The Kinkajou Microfilm Projector is a teaching tool for nighttime adult literacy courses in rural communities without books or electric lighting. It was DtM’s very first projected, started back when the company founders were still graduate students at MIT. It’s been more than a decade since the Kinkajou pilot in rural Mali and what was once cutting edge appropriate technology is probably no longer the best tool for the job. How did Kinkajou teach us that context-appropriate design is a moving target?