Creativity, Intuition, Usability... now that's Innovation!

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 16, 2018 11:48:00 AM

innovative plastic ideas.jpgChildren with type-1 diabetes can administer insulin in a way that is both easy and fun, using this toolkit created by Mexican designer Renata Souza Luque

Presented during the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town this week, Thomy is an easy-to-carry kit containing a child-friendly insulin pen and a set of temporary tattoos, designed to make life easier for young people suffering with the medical condition.

Souza Luque, a product-design graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, starting developing the project after her seven-year-old cousin Tomas was diagnosed.

Like around 80,000 children each year, he found himself in a situation where he had to inject himself with insulin as often as five times a days, to prevent the level of blood sugar in his body increasing to dangerous levels.

"From one day to another, Thomas has to deal with his fear of needles," explained Souza Luque.

"I realised how much this was stealing from Thomas' childhood," she said. "That's when I decided I wanted to design something for children with type-1 diabetes, something fun, something they could look forward to."

Her aim with the Thomy kit was to create something her cousin would be proud to carry around in his backpack.

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Topics: Medical