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Natural contraception via skin reading




The current hormone value becomes visible through light effects on the device’s translucent surface.

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Ovu’love is operated and programmed via a keyboard and an LCD-display located on the back of the device.

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„ovu`love“, Wilddesign, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and GEO-Design, Tokyo, Japan

 

In contrast to anti-baby pills and condoms, natural contraception still has a dubious reputation today – it is too inconvenient and the results are not safe enough. Critics even claim that also newer products are much rather tools for active family planning than for contraception. In collaboration with GEO-Design from Tokyo, Japan, the industrial designer Markus Wild from Gelsenkirchen has developed ovu’love - a concept of natural contraception, which instantly convinced the jury of the life science design award: concepts. The product measures the value of the luteinising hormone which is produced by the pituitary gland shortly before ovulation within seconds and via photo-spectrometry through the skin. The current hormone value becomes visible through light effects on the device’s translucent surface: In phases in which a conception is possible it pulsates in soft hues of red. Ovu’love is operated and programmed via a keyboard and an LCD-display located on the back of the device. The user can enter the time of day and a wake-up time as well as the programmes “conception” or “contraception”. 

 

“Due to its use of photo-spectrometry to measure the hormone value and its well designed interface which allows an intuitive use, ovu’love is much easier and safer to use than similar devices,” says jury member Melanie Ruprecht. “In the face of steadily sinking birth rates it is therefore also of high relevance to society as a means to fulfil the desire to have children.”

Overview of concepts:

 

Decoding the sense of smell

„Vom Riechrezeptor zum Biosensor“, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Lehrstuhl für Zellphysiologie, Bochum, Germany

 

Neck vertebrae fixation without screws

„Crano - eine Cervikalorthese“, Julia Hanisch and Timo Wurz, Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

 

Operating brains quickly

„LAXAR OP-System“, Andrea Feuerabend and Friedemann Schreiber, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

 

Natural contraception via skin reading

„ovu`love“, Wilddesign, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and GEO-Design, Tokyo, Japan

 

Making cartilage grow and sponges disappear

„Innovatives 3D-Design von Biomaterialien für die Regenerative Medizin“, Matricel, Herzogenrath, Germany

 

Testing babies’ hearing

„OtoRead”, DESIGN/NORD, Denmark, and Interacoustics A/S, Denmark

 

Increased sensation with the lower leg prosthesis

„Otto Bock Harmony System“, Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH, Duderstadt, Germany

 

Memory aid for dementia sufferers

„Senso. My Personal Lifebook“, Pelin Celik and Pilotfish GmbH, Munich, Germany

 

Greater quality of life for pain patients

„Lockout System”, Ing. Erich Pfeiffer GmbH, Radolfzell, Germany, and item design & development, Ascheberg, Germany

 

Surgeons in cyberspace

„Sphere – ein OP Szenario“, piu products, Essen, Germany

 

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