Industrial design and art tram


I read my daily Google News Alert about a stroke a few months ago and came across an article about the mobile scanner. It is designed to be mounted in ambulances and airplanes. It helps the medical team confirm a stroke diagnosis and begin treatment even before the patient arrives at the hospital.

I contacted one of the designers and it led me into the fascinating world of Drs. Nyein Chan Aung and Thin Thin Khine.

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Your first form of interaction with any building object, whatever it is, if that is emotional. Your brain, in an instant, decides if something seems safe or not, whether you like it or not. — Dr. Nyein Chan Aung…

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Nyein is an industrial designer, design researcher and artist. He made it his mission to “Make Cool Stuff” and has been on that mission since 2005. As a result, he has won several major design awards for products in the aerospace, healthcare and camping fields. He is currently a Senior Design Fellow at Monash University’s Design Health Collab, where he oversees the design of high-impact health services and products.

Thin Thin is an endocrinologist specializing in geriatric endocrinology. She has been practicing medicine since 2006 and has worked in Myanmar, Jamaica, USA and Australia. She has received several fellowships and travel grants to train as a physician-researcher in the field of endocrinology of aging.

Thinn Thinn is also a visual artist. She has exhibited her work in multiple solo art shows in Victoria and raised funds to support the Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health and Palliative Care Departments of Monash Health and Barwon Health.

I thought it was necessary to enter, to carry, to provide, to take care of these children full of love and compassion. And I realized at that moment that this woman could love everything and that I matter for everything. That’s when I fell…

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mobile scanner

The mobile CT scanner, developed by Monash University and Micro-X, mounts in an ambulance, airplane or other vehicle. When paramedics suspect a stroke, they can bring the patient to the vehicle, do the scan, and start driving to the hospital.

While on the way, they can transmit these images ahead of time so hospital staff know what’s going on and can put the appropriate resources in place. A remote neurologist could even instruct paramedics to begin the appropriate treatment.

You can read more about the system here:

And everything is set to find the nature of the stroke in the brain. — Dr. Nyein Chan Aung #IndustrialDesign #Strokecast #CTScanner

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Palliative care unit

The death of Thinn Thinn’s mother from a stroke inspired the couple to make it easier for others going through these circumstances.

The design of the palliative care unit. It is a piece of furniture that can be rolled into a patient’s room so that family members can sleep in it when the COVID-19 situation is under control. In the meantime, it is a place to support video conferences and personal items from the patient’s home.

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But I guess you know all these experiences, make who we are, and hopefully we can contribute more to society. — Dr. Thinn Thinn Khine #Endocrinology #Strokecast

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Artistic tramway project

Melbourne invited artists to submit works to be featured on the streetcars (trams) running through the city in 2019. It was the perfect project for Nyein to submit the portrait he made of Thinn Thinn sipping tea at the Chinese restaurant Supper Inn.

You can see Thinn Thinn’s face roaming the city larger than life in this video:

To be honest, I find that living in a country where we have freedom of expression is huge for me. — Dr Thinn Thinn Khine #Endocrinology #Strokecast #Australia

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Nyein referenced a couple book in our conversation.

Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator who wrote a book on how to negotiate in everyday life.

Walter Isaacson is a historian who wrote about Leonardo da Vinci and The Last Supper.

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I like to think of industrial design as an interface that allows you to have a relationship with a product, its technology and its services. — Dr Nyein Chan Aung #IndustrialDesign #Strokecast

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Hack of the week

Thinn Thinn’s recommendation is to consider the person as a whole. Whatever the condition leading to disability, we are all, first and foremost, people with lives, stories, families (genetic or chosen) and dreams. It’s easy to get caught up in the specific medical details of a brain injury, but focusing exclusively on that misses the person’s basic needs. Whether the medical situation is oriented towards recovery or towards palliative care, it is the whole person that counts.

You know, sometimes when we see a patient, we tend to get bogged down in medical issues, and sometimes we forget that we’re all human and we all have specific needs. — Dr. Thinn Thinn Khine #Endocrinology #Strokecast

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Things that remind the person of who they were before. It is very, very important. — Dr. Thinn Thinn Khine #Endocrinology #Strokecast

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Where do we go from here?

  • Check out Nyein and Thinn Thinn’s website for more on this power couple.
  • For more books and gadgets, check out the Strokecast gift guide at
  • Don’t improve…improve.

Well, Bill, I think I’m the luckiest guy in the world. — Dr Nyein Chan Aung #IndustrialDesign #Strokecast #LoveStory

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stroke is the podcast about strokes where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehabilitation, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience, and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers, and stroke industry affiliates to connect and share their stories.

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