Typically, it’s pretty easy to design conceptual things. Where the challenge lies is in designing real world products that help to improve our lives. The Bend is a type of finger splint with a revolutionary design for the medical field. When you fracture or break your finger, whether it be for your pinky, middle finger or ring finger, it can be very painful, however when you dislocate a bone you’re not just focusing on pain, you’re worried about functionality. This is much more than your average splint you will find at Walmart, Walgreens, or CVS. What the Bend does is uses polymers strength and clever medical design to give a solution to this issue, it’s even non-invasive! Veering away from typical medical procedures that need surgery, the Bend just requires a very long fingernail. A piece of thread is tied to the fingernail on one end and the Bend splint on the other end. The thread is wound around the splint making sure the finger is pulled back into shape again, letting the bones to properly align. The Bend even gives room for finger movement, allowing the patient some freedom, while trying to heal as quickly as possible.
Designers: Lim Loren, Russell Chew, Division of Industrial Design & Department of Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery.