Inductive Charging iPhone Case

Upwells latest iPhone case design will be produced to work with Upwells Walhub¬†system as an inductive phone charging accessory for the Walhub product line. Currently the case only¬†acts as a protective case with a beautiful ceramic/clay type of finish. The goal here is to create a beautiful case people want to own, regardless of the built in charging capabilities – that’s just a huge added bonus. Stay tuned for more updates as this product evolves.

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Custom Medical Splints in Hospitals – Why Not?

I recently dislocated my finger and was told by the Dr. I would’ve been better off breaking it… She said it would need to be in a splint for 2 months, and only the outside knuckle. They couldn’t properly splint it there (amazing healthcare I have) so she recommended I buy a splint at Walgreens and use it as a” buddy” splint – tape finger to closest finger for support.

I tried this Walgreens splint for two days before I had to rip it off. It was horrible, wet and sweaty and incredibly uncomfortable. So, I decided to make this a new studio project, why not.. Necessity is the mother of all invention after all… It was an incredibly quick project – several prototypes and 2 days later I now have a splint that I can live with for two months.

Having a rapid prototyping machine often makes me feel as if the Jetsons are here. This project got me thinking… Why aren’t we using rapid 3d printing in hospitals and clinics for things like this, or maybe we are and my healthcare coverage just doesn’t cover those clinics and hospitals.

Upwell Custom Finger Splint test

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Upwell Medical splint

Google Glass, A Failed Social Experiment?

One of the more interesting social experiments has come to an end – at least for now. Impressive technology in an unappealing package? Makes you wonder if Google Glass failed on a hardware level – following a similar unappealing path as the Segway – or were we as a society just not ready for such a socially invasive product? Anisse Gross wrote a great article in The New Yorker last March on this topic Whats The Problem with Google Glass? exploring issues from the actual cost of the product to the rude social dynamic of wearing a camera on your face. What ever the reason(s), I’m sure it won’t be the last we see of the technology in Google Glass, but maybe next time we’ll find it in a more socially accepting format…