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.
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.
We've just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next stage of development of our Otter newborn warmer--and we need your help!
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!
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.
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?
We just returned from Vietnam, where we followed up on Firefly installations in and around Hanoi, and tested our Otter Newborn Warmer prototype with nurses and doctors at rural hospitals, and with our partner MTTS.
As we begin the monumental process of field data reduction, here’s a quick slideshow of DtM at work! Also, a thousand thank yous to our many hosts in Vietnam.
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!
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.
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?
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.
This August, Design that Matters returned to Haiti to visit our partners at St Boniface Hospital. It was a busy trip, dodging between Tropical Storms Danny and Erika. We were able to check in on the two Firefly units that have...
Students in MIT’s 2.009 capstone engineering course gave a final presentation of ‘Sunflower’, a prototype warming device for premature newborns. The prototype is a response to DtM’s Otter Project...
A team of more than twenty students from the MIT 2.009 capstone mechanical engineering course has accepted DtM’s...