Mykolum - healing with light

Mykolum is a gentle and reliable treatment for the stomach-fungus-disease.

Mykolum is a gentle and reliable treatment for the stomach-fungus-disease.

Mykolum

2014; with Prof. Detlef Rhein

Introduction

This project shows a possible solution for a possible disease in a possible future.


Introduction

This projects shows a possible solution for a possible disease in a possible future.

Challenge

The aim was to translate the idea of an invented disease into a credible possibility by different methods of visualization.

Challenge

The aim was to translate the idea of an invented disease into a credible possibility by different methods of visualization.

Result

Mykolum is a gentle and reliable treatment for the stomach-fungus-disease. Starting with a small capsule, Mykolum enfolds in your body to its full size to heal the stomach-fungus-disease with light.

Result

Mykolum is a gentle and reliable treatment for the stomach-fungus-disease. Starting with a small capsule, Mykolum enfolds in your body to its full size to heal the somach-fungus-disease with light.

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Concept

The stomach-fungus-disease progression

The stomach-fungus-disease starts small but grows fast. First symptoms are stomachache and loss of appetite. If the patient ignores these symptoms, he will feel strong pain in the stomach until the wall might break.

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Mykolum - healing with light

Mykolum -
healing with light

Mykolum - healing with light

The medical effect of the Mykolum capsule is based on microelectronics and shape memory materials, which can be completely digested by humans.

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1. The patient swallows the compressed capsule.

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2. Capsule reacts on body temperature. Its upper parts are made of shape memory polymers and start to open, as soon as its temperature is rising.

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3. The next part starts to dissolve in the gastric juice. Thin arms reach out of the capsule.

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4. Healing by light. The micro-LEDs start to glow. Mykolum guides light in every part of the stomach. The stomach fungus stops to grow and shrinks.

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5. Complete decomposition: Every single part, even the microelectronics, are made of materials our body can digest without harmful substances.

Design Process

Ideation; Material Research; Prototyping.

Context

Luckily the stomach-fungus-disease is just an invented disease, nevertheless the challenge was real. This project was not about to solve an existing problem. The first step of this project was defining a problem - inventing a disease. Within the next step, I researched materials and designed Mykolum. The whole concept was based on existing research activities within medical technologies.

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Initial sketches

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3D printed form study

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Model making

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Final model

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