Our Gallery at One Market just set up twelve new exhibits that come under the heading of Design in the Public Interest. These exhibits feature products, places, and processes where design is used for common good instead of monetary profit. In a series of twelve blog articles over a few weeks, I thought I would pick them off one at a time. So far I have covered eight of them:
- See Better to Learn Better Exhibit
- Laboratory to Learn Exhibit
- Reclaiming Public Space Exhibit
- Making Sanitation Safe Exhibit
- A Platform Worth Spreading Exhibit
- A Building That Heals Exhibit
- Citizen-Powered Change Exhibit
- Illuminating Possibility Exhibit
Our ninth one is Freedom to Move.
- Autodesk Inventor // more
- Project Hydra // more
- Autodesk Simulation CFD // more
- Autodesk Simulation Moldflow // more
- Autodesk Simulation DFM // more
When we speak about freedom, we often think of it in a political context. But for the 30 million people worldwide without the freedom of mobility, it’s very personal. D-Rev: Design Revolution, a nonprofit technology incubator, is working to change that with the ReMotion Knee -- a prosthetic knee joint developed by design students at Stanford University. It is currently being piloted in India with Jaipur Foot, the largest provider of prosthetics in the world.
There is a big need for this since:
- In the developing word, over 9 million people are in need of a prosthetic knee joint.
Few realize that modern prosthetics can cost thousands of dollars. The ReMotion Knee not only improves on the design of a traditional, single-hinge, prosthetic knee joint but does so at a fraction of the cost. Once in full production, each ReMotion Knee is intended to cost only $13. Though the ReMotion Knee only uses five plastic pieces and four fasteners, it allows for a full 165 degrees of movement. It’s both lightweight (1.5 lbs) and durable, thanks to a self-lubricating, oil-filled nylon polymer.
To date, 3,500 people’s lives have been transformed by a ReMotion Knee -- a product that embodies Oliver Wendell Holmes' famous words: "I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity."
Thanks to Global Content Manager, Matthew Tierney, and Brand Marketing Manager, Grace Hom, for content contained in this blog article. This is just one of the many exhibits in the gallery at One Market in San Francisco. The gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 5 pm, and admission is free. Visit us.
Mobility is alive in the lab.