Archive for the ‘Icon-o-Cast’ Category

Bringing a Human Touch to TABLU [Part 6]

August 18th, 2014

In part 6 of our ongoing Icon-o-Cast series focused on TABLU, we explore how the service addresses the health care needs of patients in rural areas. (more…)

A better user experience for home health care [Part 5]

April 5th, 2014

One of the guiding principles for the extended team engaged with TABLU* is that any effective Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solution needs to be part of a complete ecosystem that includes supporting services, communication services, safety, security and privacy. (more…)

LUNAR tackles home health care with TABLU project [Part 3]

November 25th, 2013

The TABLU home health care project is entering a phase where our creative juices really start flowing: early design prototyping. (more…)

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LUNAR tackles home health care with TABLU project [Part 2]

September 17th, 2013

A few weeks ago we launched the first in a series of blog posts and Icon-o-Cast podcasts related to our TABLU health care project. (more…)

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LUNAR tackles home health care with TABLU project

August 27th, 2013

Populations worldwide are growing older as expensive health care costs continue to rise. At the same time, many of us will likely prefer to spend our final days in the comfort of our own homes. How can design help address these issues?

LUNAR is partnering with a wide variety of organizations, along with sponsorship from the German government, on an initiative called TABLU* to develop smart and relevant solutions that will improve home health care.

As the multi-organization, Germany-based TABLU team embarks on this 36 month project, LUNAR will document and provide insights into the design process through ongoing Icon-o-Cast audio podcasts and blog posts starting today.

TABLU

“Most of the work we do for clients is secret,” says LUNAR President John Edson. “TABLU is a public sector project and offers us a unique opportunity to share a behind-the-scenes, very transparent look into how design and design thinking is addressing a complex, important problem.”

“It’s a big issue,” says LUNAR’s TABLU project lead Bastian Beate. “We’re all getting older, we’ll need care, but care is very expensive. Many of us are already taking care of our aging family members at home and this trend will only continue to grow. There’s a pressing need to make home care easier and more effective, and not just bring down costs.”

In the first TABLU Icon-o-Cast podcast, John and Bastian discuss the project in light of the demographic shifts that are driving a need – and opportunity – to improve home health care. In addition, they outline the process LUNAR and the extended TABLU team will take and offer insights into ways to approach the problem.

Watch for new editions of Icon-o-Cast and blog updates every few weeks, and follow the project on Twitter at @LUNARdesign with hashtag #TABLU. Please share any thoughts on our process and how design thinking can improve health care for all of us here.

* TABLU stands for Technische Assistenzsysteme befähigen zu einem Leben in Unabhängigkeit. In English, this roughly translates to “Technical assistance system enabling independent living.”

Insights with Illumina

June 16th, 2011

What are the key components that make a successful project and a successful client relationship? (more…)

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Meet Phil

May 31st, 2011

LUNAR’s passion for sustainable design has driven the team to develop Phil, a new idea for changing behavior through design. (more…)

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Designing Differences

February 24th, 2011

User-centered design and design thinking have taken the world by storm. But is something missing in the conversation? (more…)

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Sustainability Design 2.0

January 13th, 2011

Sustainable design is entering a new phase as it moves from environmental activism to an approach based around a range of improved business processes that make a difference. (more…)

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iPad Teardown: An Engineering Design Perspective

January 3rd, 2011

A Solutions Icon-o-Cast

By now you’ve seen technology-focused teardowns of the Apple iPad, but have you seen the insides through the eyes of a product design engineer? (more…)

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A gesture for TV

December 2nd, 2010

Google TV, Apple TV, “free” TV, subscription TV, and on and on. The days of grandpa’s 19-inch, four-channel television are long gone. (more…)

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Designing the Future of TV

October 19th, 2010

TV has been in a constant state of change in recent years, but the home invasion of VCRs and DVDs pales in comparison to the rate of change today. As ever-increasing options are available to consumers, how should companies decide what to design and build next? (more…)

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Demystifying Medical Devices

September 23rd, 2010

A Solutions Icon-o-Cast

In this new era of health care reform and rapidly advancing medical technology, how do devices—from band aids to robotic surgical equipment—get developed?  (more…)

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“DIY Design” Recap

August 12th, 2010

A Connections Icon-o-Cast

John Edson and other members of the LUNAR team spent Aug. 4-7 in Portland at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2010 international conference, which focused on “DIY (Do It Yourself) Design.”

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2010 SF Design Week

June 16th, 2010

A Connections Icon-o-Cast

LUNAR’s John Edson checks out the 2010 San Francisco Design Week kickoff party (more…)

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