Back in February of 2011, Will Harris BFA ID ’10 told us about some of the initial design reviews of Firefly, a project that started in his Advanced Studio Course, Product Design and Development, in the Industrial Design Department at RISD. He contacted us again recently to tell us more about the progress of Firefly and how it is being received in Vietnam.
On December fifth, Firefly Phototherapy began clinical trials in Vietnam and went on the market as a method for treating infants who suffer from jaundice. Harris just returned from a one month trip in Hanoi, setting up and observing the trial, and was happy to tell us that Firefly is being embraced by both doctors and parents, as well as treating infants in about thirty percent of the time as it takes other existing devices in their hospitals. As he told us, “It is a true testament to the care that RISD instills in its graduates when approaching any design problem.”
Below are some images from the start of the Firefly clinical trials, with quotes from participants — a testament to the overwhelmingly positive response the project has already received.
The project has been featured on the Fast Co Design Blog, and has allowed Design that Matters to be a finalist for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards two years in a row.
Posted by Carly Ayres | Date Posted: 19 January, 2012