The endoscope, a tool that passes through a patient's mouth or other open cavity to look inside the body, might seem too old an invention to be an innovative design project (the device is over 150 years old). But think again—EvoCam by EvoTech has revolutionized the endoscope by taking it out of the surgery room and creating a lightweight model that can be carried in a backpack to remote clinics and far corners of the world.
By untethering the endoscope, EvoCam allows patients who wouldn’t have access to certain procedures a chance at better diagnostics and treatment. Moreover, the EvoCam was designed to be field serviceable, meaning anyone could make repairs to the machine using a few simple tools—crucial for areas where technology is limited.
What makes good design? You tell us!
This pool of 20 works, ranging from popular apps to medical devices, emphasize how innovative design can make a difference in our everyday lives. Every year, Cooper-Hewitt gives out design awards chosen by a jury of distinguished design gurus—but do you agree with the experts? Cast your vote for your favorite design before 6:00 p.m. ET on October 11. The winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards gala and here, on this site, on October 17.
Also be sure to celebrate National Design Week with design events and activities in your area, October 12–20.