Carpal Skin: Science Speaker Neri Oxman Mimics Nature To Improve Human Health
Rather than a one-size-fits all splint, Oxman's glove customizes the amount of pressure placed on the wrist to give support in a personalized fashion. The glove maps the intensity and duration of pain in a person's wrist and distributes hard and soft materials that ease pain where and when it is needed. Somewhat resembling the formation of the brain, the Carpal Skin is flexible and adaptable. According to Oxman's project website, the glove was "inspired by animal coating patterns in the control of stiffness variation." This is similar to some of Oxman's other work where she models her projects after lessons learned in nature (known as biomimicry). If you are curious about how Oxman arrives at these nature-driven designs, check out her appearance on CNN's Next Big Thing here.
In her sweeping talks, Oxman explains how she creates projects that fuse seamlessly with the environments around them—melding into the surroundings rather than acting independently. Her non-conventional design methods provide sustainable solutions to some of the biggest issues facing society. Complex in scope, but wholly accessible, her keynotes uncover the intriguing designs of the future. And, how we can incorporate these principles into our daily lives.