Knitting bones with fact and fiction: A conversation with Design…

The Design Culture Lab at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand is run by Dr. Anne Galloway, an academic researcher whose inquiry takes the form of texts and photographic documentation, as you might expect of someone originally trained in anthropology. But you might not expect some of the other forms her… » 5/16/14 9:54am 5/16/14 9:54am

How Implants and Prosthetic Limbs Get Recycled and Reused

Every year, millions of pacemakers, metal hips, and prosthetics outlast the bodies they're designed for. But these medical devices could very well go on to have a second-life—in cars, wind turbines, and even another person. » 3/13/14 4:07pm 3/13/14 4:07pm

How the Jacket Zipper Was Perfected After 100 Years

You might've heard about Under Armour's crazy new zipper that only requires one hand to zip. Though the futuristic magnetic clasp jigsaws nicely with the company's high-performance standards, the zipper was originally had more humble origins: helping a sick man lead an easier life. » 2/10/14 9:18pm 2/10/14 9:18pm

This 97-Year-Old Makes Amazing Art Exclusively With Microsoft Paint

A great artist can make beauty out of any medium, no matter how limited. 97-year-old Hal Lasko embodies this concept. Instead of painting with dozens of expensive brushes or high-end software suites, Lasko uses a tool most of us have used and abandoned years ago—Microsoft Paint from Windows 95. » 1/12/14 12:03pm 1/12/14 12:03pm

Why Don't We Design a Better Wheelchair?

What's the difference between using a wheelchair and wearing glasses? Both take advantage of technology to adjust or enhance human capabilities. Yet we tend to consider people in wheelchairs as disabled, and people with glasses as, well, relatively normal. It's all about perspective. » 12/03/13 9:53pm 12/03/13 9:53pm

Say Hello to 3 New Subdomains on Gizmodo

We've added three subdomains to the greater Gizmodo umbrella this week, three awesome blogs that have long been carving out a niche for themselves elsewhere. So here's a hearty welcome to Southland, Abler, and Disquiet. » 11/26/13 1:12pm 11/26/13 1:12pm

​Introducing Abler: All Technology is Assistive Technology

Exoskeletons, 3D printed legs, robotic arms: There's plenty of press for these prosthetic technologies, and for good reason. They're innovative in a splashy way, and they're undeniable feats of engineering. But prosthetics include so much more: high-tech, low-tech, and high-low hybrid assistive and adaptive devices,… » 11/20/13 4:14am 11/20/13 4:14am