Project Timeline

PROJECT TIMELINE

Global health conference

Global health conference

The frugal thermometer was once more exhibited during the conference Consortium of Universities for Global Health, organized by the Lancet, in San Francisco. The team participated with an abstract entitled “Why common thermometers are not enough”, soon to be published in Lancet’s Annals of Global Health. This conference was a great opportunity to hear the leading voices of the global health community and to share what we’ve learned with doctors and engineers (although they were few).

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Fever diagnostics as a service

Fever diagnostics as a service

Rikako Iwamoto took up the challenge to explore the service side of the frugal thermometer and is graduating on a product service system (PSS) design of fever diagnostics. To help her with her graduation, the frugal thermometer team organized a workshop to explore different PSS scenarios. The frugal thermometer workshop was held with diverse participants, including Healthy Entrepreneurs, who kindly hosted the workshop, a microbiologist from KIT, students of industrial design engineering and business management and researchers from Delft University of Technology.

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Inclusive innovation

Inclusive innovation

“How can Frugal Innovations become Inclusive Innovations?” On Friday, 27th of November our team participated in a workshop organized by the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa in collaboration with the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and their working group ‘Frugal Innovation and Development’. The workshop consisted of an interactive exercise where the participants were asked to choose one of the six available themes and then think of a value proposition and a corresponding business model. They could choose among “village health workers”, “pharmacies”, “humanitarian organization”, “as standalone”, “as service” and “as research product”. The variety of themes and the three rounds we did, gave the participants a clear idea of the different perspectives one can look from at the fever thermometer. With which one of the rounds, a totally different business model as well as design considerations were created. For example, for the pharmacies theme, the thermometer was thought to come in a “service package” together with weight and blood pressure measurements whereas for the research theme the thermometer would be used for free during awareness campaigns with the purpose of collecting epidemiological data about preventive health.

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On the catwalk

On the catwalk

Cees Beers took part on the scientists’ catwalk of the Global Delft Initiative kick off, proudly “dressing” the frugal thermometer prototypes! The frugal thermometer was also exhibited at an information stand during the whole day.

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Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week

The two prototypes of the frugal thermometer were show cased during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven from 17 to 25 October. The exhibition was called Mind the Step and included other projects where technology, research and design are the drivers for innovation, from architecture to new materials to mobile apps. During this week our team engaged in several conversations with the public, enjoyed answering interesting questions and received very positive feedback about the project.

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Africa and Technology

Africa and Technology

The two models of the frugal thermometer were showcased in the Africa and Technology conference at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The conference was organized by the Netherlands Association of African Studies and it gathered an interesting panel of speakers and exhibition cases. We are very enthusiastic and thankful for the feedback we received. In this link you can revisit our exhibited posters.

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The story of the thermometer press release

The story of the thermometer press release

The Leiden, Delft and Erasmus alliance released an article about the Frugal thermometer. Check it up here.

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Embodiment design

Embodiment design

Team Asli’s conceptual design was followed up by another team of TUDelft students who took up the challenge to further work on embodiment design. The LDE/ft team applied several design tools like user interaction, aesthetic semantics and emotion metaphors to and developed a prototype of a human powered thermometer. Besides this, the team also looked extensively at alternatives regarding materials, production technologies, power solutions, electronic and mechanical components.

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Project Asli: how it started

Project Asli: how it started

The Frugal Thermometer project began with the proposal of developing an affordable and accurate fever thermometer for women and children in Africa, by combining the strenghts of Leiden University Medical Centre (medical antrhopology) and the Faculty of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology. To explore the existing possibilities a student team was assigned to carry out a project during six months.

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Project Asli (Masindi)

Project Asli (Masindi)

The first design phase of the thermometer included a four-week field research in Masindi, rural Uganda. Specific user needs and value propositions were identified by using a combination of human centered and other ethnographic tools. Early findings were used in co-creation sessions with local medical doctors, nurses, mothers and community health workers, to generate preliminary concepts ideas and rough mock ups. Based upon the collected feedback, ther preferred design was selected and optimized for the needs of the users and charcateristics of the local healthcare system.

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