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The Autodesk exhibit showcases a Sleeping Bag that saves infants lives – In third-world countries medical baby warmers readily available, therefore the need of innovative ideas is paramount.  There are a staggering amount of premature infants who parish or have serious health problems, because they cannot self regulate their own body temperature after birth. With the help of Autodesk software Jane Chen of TED Fellow were able to create a design that’s safe, portable, low-cost and life-saving. The compact electricity-free solution has a cost of just $200 and safely embraces and warms babies.

The Embrace Nest is a low-cost solution that doesn’t require electricity or  training to use. It was Created by Stanford design students as a class assignment. It has three parts: a sleeping bag, heater, and pouch of phase-change material. Once heated, the phase-change material is placed into a compartment in the sleeping bag and can maintain a constant 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 hours plus.

Another fascinating exhibit i liked the idea of was the ReMotion knee (prosthetic knee joint) also developed by design students at Stanford University. Modern prosthetics can cost thousands of dollars There are an estimated 30 million people worldwide without the freedom of mobility and in the developing word, over 9 million people are in need of a prosthetic knee joint.The ReMotion Knee enhances the design of a traditional, single-hinge, prosthetic knee joint and does so at a fraction of the cost. Once in full production, each ReMotion Knee is intended to cost only $13. Though the ReMotion Knee only uses five plastic pieces and four fasteners, it allows for a full 165 degrees of movement. It’s lightweight (1.5 lbs) and tough, thanks to a self-lubricating, oil-filled nylon polymer. It is currently in a pilot program in India with Jaipur Foot, one of the largest provider of prosthetics in the world. Thousands of peoples lives have already been transformed by the ReMotion knee with hopefully millions more to come.

These are the type of innovations that can make significant changes in the quality of life for so man people around the globe and it is refreshing to see companies like Autodesk team up with students to address these global issues and contribute.

These are just two of the many exhibits in the gallery at One Market in San Francisco. The gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 5 pm, and admission is free

Autodesk Inc. is an American multinational software corporation that makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries. Autodesk is known best for AutoCAD but has seen developed software for design, engineering, and entertainment. Auto desk is the creator of Revit. Revit allows architects and other users to explore the planning, construction, and management of a space before it is built they also have a Media and Entertainment division that creates the Maya software for visual effects, color grading and editing. Autodesk uses there innovative software to create products that will make every day like just a little easier.