This TED Talk video offers a good example of user needs driving innovation in low income contexts. When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly “supplies,” Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad.
Patients are increasingly recognised as a source of innovation and this led Pedro Oliveira and colleagues to establish a network of such user innovators. On this website you can find an introductory video about the principles and also an extensive library of case examples
Tad Golesworthy is a classic example of a user innovator. When he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his aorta, he mixed his engineering skills with his doctors’ medical knowledge to design a better repair job.
Lynne Maher, Head of Innovation at the UK National Health Service Institute for Innovation and Improvement talking about experience-based design and other approaches to innovation in the health sector. A transcript of the interview is here
The UK Design Council has been actively promoting a design approach to innovation for many years. On its website there is a rich set of case examples, many with video illustration.
User-led innovation in the medical sector This podcast is an interview with Dr Tim Craft, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and also Deputy Medical Director of the Royal United Hospital, Bath, U.K. Tim is also Managing Director of AMS, a medical devices company specialising in anaesthesia equipment. It particularly explores his experience with the
This case explores how Adidas, the sports goods manufacturer, has been working with open and user led innovation approaches to revise the ‘front end’ of its innovation processes and move along the emerging trajectory of ‘mass customization’ Click here to view Adidas
In this video interview Frank Piller talks about some of the challenges in exploiting the new ‘mass customization’ opportunities and the implication of the ‘3D printing ‘revolution’ for business models. Frank Piller interview
This video is part of a series featuring Professor Eric von Hippel of MIT and sponsored by 3M. In this film the theme is Lead user studies – Identifying emerging market needs. Others in the series include Overview of the lead user process Launching your lead user study Interviewing methods for lead user project teams
This report looks at the potential for opening up healthcare through innovations based on internet and social networking Click here to view case study: AIM_Healthcare_EB_FINAL You can also download this report – and many others on the innovation theme – from the AIM website AIM website and search through their ‘Executive Briefings’