Ministry of Supply Gihan Amarasiriwardena, cofounder and president of Ministry of Supply, has spent the last two weeks thinking about the fundamentals of mask design. He says that, at the most basic level, masks have two features that prevent particles from spreading: fit and filtration. His team is attempting to improve on both. The company, which is based in Boston, is partnering with doctors, design experts at MIT, and MakerHealth, a network that advocates for prototyping of medical devices. … [Read more...] about Masks are badly designed. Can these startups make better ones—and fast?
Establishing protocols for visits is important, so patients and family alike know what to expect. Facilities should clearly communicate whether visitors are allowed in person or virtually, what visiting hours are, how many visitors are allowed, and what sort of screening they need to pass. There should also be clear direction around mementos or spiritual items that family may want to pass to their loved one: Are they allowed or not? How should they be handled? … [Read more...] about How to design hospitals for the dead and dying
A former Space X engineer is leading the design process, and the startup expects to have the first prototypes by the end of the month ready for testing. By the fall, when it’s possible that COVID-19 cases will swell again, it hopes to be mass-producing “thousands a month,” Wilson says. The shelters can be delivered to one location and later sanitized for delivery somewhere else; the company is considering a leasing model. … [Read more...] about These pop-up hospital rooms are designed to help increase the capacity to treat coronavirus patients
Underlying the visualization is an algorithm created by Google’s AI group DeepMind. Ginsberg explains that in 2018, the company’s researchers used data from lab rats to train an artificial agent to navigate around its habitat, which in this case was a box. They found that as the agent learned more and more about where it was in the space, it evolved in a similar way to the mammalian brain, slowly developing an artificial version of grid cells–the cells that guide our understanding of space using a hexagonal grid. In The Substitute, the rhino follows the same path as the DeepMind artificial agent in three different simulations. As his artificial brain slowly develops a sense of navigation, the rhino’s physical form transitions from a pixelated mass into a being that looks utterly real. … [Read more...] about Millions of animals are going extinct–and the race to preserve their memory is already on
Designer Jennifer Baer was feeling anything but optimistic when her friends kept posting photos of themselves out in public even after states had issued stay-at-home orders. Seeing people disregard the advice while the rest of the world was in crisis mode made her really upset. … [Read more...] about These vintage-inspired travel posters are selling today’s ultimate destination: home