A new exhibition at London's Design Museum explores cutting-edge developments in healthcare technology, from meditation apps to bruise-sensing leggings. The AXA PPP Health Tech & You Showcase, which opened earlier this week, spotlights 24 of the most promising products and concepts in personal healthcare. Highlights include:
- Mind The Bump: A meditation app for expectant mothers, Mind the Bump taps into growing consumer demand for short bursts of relaxation – read more in Compressed Calm. Launched in November 2014 by Australian mental health charities Beyond Blue and Smiling Mind, the app offers users three-minute "bodyscans" designed to help ease stress and clear the mind.
- Bruise: Fabric innovation is opening up new opportunities for smart, responsive clothing. Bruise is a smart injury-detection suit that uses a pressure-sensitive film to indicate the severity of injuries. Originally created for paraplegic athletes by designers at London's Royal College of Art, the concept could be adapted to help older people manage their health needs.
- Healthscore: British healthcare charity Nuffield Health has created an app that consolidates healthcare data into a single, simple and personal health 'score' between one and 1,000. Healthscore, described as a "lifestyle coach in your pocket", tracks a user's sleep patterns, calorie intake and daily activity levels to offer personalised healthcare advice.
The designs on show are all shortlisted for the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards – a new competition run by British medical insurance provider AXA PPP healthcare. The winning design will be announced on March 18, while the exhibition runs until April 26.
To discover more innovative healthcare technologies, read Wired Health 2014.