Creative solutions and innovative ideas handpicked by the team at Cycle Technologies. We’re partial to innovations that address global issues, but sometimes we get excited about quirky, off the beaten path ideas that just make our everyday lives a little brighter. Check back with us frequently and let us know if you come across a brilliantly simple solution we should feature.
If you have ever had to take multiple medicines to treat an illness or manage a condition, you know that taking different pills can be confusing and a pain in the a$$. PillPack, an online pharmacy that launched earlier this year, is taking the stress out of managing your meds. All of the pills you need at any given time are grouped together into a single packet. Check out this video to see the smart design and innovative thinking.
Photo: Courtesy of PillPack
Invention: PillPack Inventors:Brian Hoffer, Elliot Cohen, TJ Parker Capability: Managing patient medication by creating a pharmacy-to-your-door delivery system. Provides unique perforated “packs” of patient’s pharmaceutical pills. Recent Successes: 4 million raised to redesign the pharmacy experience / Finalists in the Innovation By Design Awards
Are you a new parent? If so, you probably know that constant fear… Is she sleeping? Is she hot? Is her heart beating? With three young toddlers among our office staff, and a bunch of Type A personalities, we are pretty familiar with this stress.
Now there is a wearable technology solution for anxious parents – Sproutling. It’s described as “the first sensing, learning, predicting, baby monitor.” They also have a pretty funny video.
It’s not even on the market yet, but Sproutling has gotten a lot of press and they are taking pre-orders. Cost is $259 and current orders plan will ship in March 2015.
Invention: Sproutling Inventors: Chris Bruce & Matthew Spolin Capability: Soft washable wearable tech that fits around baby’s ankle and monitors sleep behavior through smartphone app Recent Successes: Featured in several media publications (see resources) and has already sold almost half of its pre-order stock is sold.
If you have ever been in a hospital and gotten that squirmy-germy feeling, you’re not alone. According to the CDC, about 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). You’d think that anyone working in a hospital would wash their hands frequently to prevent HAIs from spreading. Unfortunately, the data shows otherwise…
The CDC reported that 75,000 hospital patients die annually because of complications with HAIs.
So is anyone addressing the whole unwashed hands issuewith creative thinking and ingenuity? Yes someone is and their doing it with a pretty cool tech solution.
Photo/Graphics courtesy of BioVigil
It’s called The BioVigil Badge worn by hospital workers (or anyone really) to detect unwashed or unsanitized hands. Using an advanced metal-oxide technology, this badge will let people around you know if your hands are clean with a simple pass/fail light and audible indication once you’ve waived your mitts in front of it. The sensor-laden technology will detect the presence of hand sanitizer or soap. SO, in the spirit of all the back to school activities, can we smack one of these badges on our kids to help reduce those seasonal colds & flus.
If anything, it’s certainly a good conversation piece and opportunity to bring awareness to the importance of proper hand sanitization. Appropriately tagged in their marketing materials, it’s hand hygiene solutions … simplified. Check out the related sources below to learn more.
Invention: The BioVigil Badge Inventors: Steven F. Bolling, M.D. Capability: Chemical-detecting sensors within the BioVigil device have the ability to check if hands have been washed with Purell or soap. Tracks hand hygiene events with 99.9% accuracy, 24/7 without human intervention. Recent Successes: Featured in WIRED Magazine and gaining more PR traction as a result of it.