The Little Devices group at MIT develops empowerment technologies for health. We believe that innovation and design happens at the frontline of healthcare where providers and patients can invent everyday technologies to improve outcomes. By comparing the adaptive technology index of a given burden of disease, we can select promising devices that can have an impact on a particular disease. The resulting research portfolio is then matched with specific strategies for participatory design.
Our work is interdisciplinary and combines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biology, clinical medicine and global health. Our portfolio maps onto 4 different global disease burden domains using a growing toolkit of technologies and approaches:
We’re still updating our page. Check back soon. In the meantime, Jose recently gave an overview of our vision for DIY Medical Technologies as a featured speaker at World Maker Faire 2011 in New York and CNN’s The Next List.