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Portable heart defibrillator
As many as one-third of the 300,000 annual cardiac arrest fatalities in the U.S. could be avoided if defibrillation were applied within minutes of the cardiac event.
Working with Heartstream, IDEO tested the effectiveness of alternative defibrillator configurations with different users to help develop a highly mobile and easy-to-operate product. Heartstream systematically refined the concept with the goal of making their defibrillators affordable, transportable, and as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers.
(This device is now manufactured by Philips.)
Project date: 1996