Last week the finalists for the Humanized Tech Award 2020 were announced. Today we want to let you know a little bit more about the finalists and what makes them so special. Read along below in random order or check out the website of the finalists themselves.
And don’t forget to order your ticket so you can vote for the HTA Audience Award!
DiSofa offers a 100% online service oriented treatment for people with psychic problems. The quality of the treatment is increased by the personal and service-oriented approach of the therapists. The removal of physical and bureaucratic obstacles paves the way for personal contact and effective treatment. We have contracts with all health insurers and therefore offer insured care that is reimbursed.
Living heart valve
These plastic prosthetic heart valves not only take over the functions of the defective heart valve after it has been implanted, but also attract cells from the patient’s own body that break down the plastic and replace it with a healthy living natural heart valve. Thanks to the heart valve that attracts the body cells, it can grow and repair itself.
FleXo is a remote physiotherapist with personalized healing touch. By reading mood, biosensors personalize the inflatable acupressure points and healing light frequencies. As a future healthcare tool derived from traditional healing arts, FleXo seeks to realign the body-mind for optimal wellbeing today. FleXo is part of a system that connects to a professional and is also worn stand alone for self-care.
EQO (pronounced as echo) works by encouraging people through an app to record short sound bites on a regular basis. Any kind of sound can be recorded, sounds from meaningful to meaningless experiences. After recording a person can tag the sound with what type of experience it was (a category). They can also match a basic melody available in the app to each category.
Due to continuing staff shortages, increasing demand for care and increasing loneliness, care institutions are increasingly using social robots specially developed for the care sector. Meggi Schuiling-Otten, director of the Child Palliative Care Knowledge Centre, argues that too little thought has yet been given to the ethical side of this issue. In her final thesis at the Modular Executive MBA at Nyenrode Business University, Schuiling-Otten developed a model for care organizations to test the use of robots against the human dignity of the caretaker.
Imagine that. A living environment that adapts to and anticipates the user with dementia. An environment that the resident understands and provides care. An interactive home that supports the resident with dementia in carrying out the most daily activities so that the rhythm of day and night is better maintained. The resident who is ‘guided’ through the home in order to be able to live independently at home for a longer period of time.
The Guiding Environment project is developing such an interactive living environment. The project focuses on building components and the integration of various technological innovations into a living environment that thinks along with the resident with dementia. In this way not only the functioning of the resident is stimulated and supported, but also the (informal) carer is supported. The interactive environment contributes to the longer independent living of elderly people with dementia. In this way the project contributes to the Empathic Dwelling.
An ideal projection of a human’s invincible self, translated into a jewellery collection. As wearable technologies become more present in daily life, Loan Favan sees them as potential ‘body extensions’. Based on the concept of transhumanism, she imagines accessories that transcend human nature. Each item represents a ‘super-power’ such as inexhaustible energy (working 24:7), limitless knowledge (robotic aspects), superhuman capabilities (breathing underwater, terminating enemies).