A few weeks ago, two American mothers, whose teen daughters are suffering from cancer, asked Mattel to produce a bald Barbie to allow their children to identify better with their favourite doll. They have collected over 150,000 “likes”on their Facebook page since they launched their online campaign.
Why it matters
Should brands recognize the therapeutic value some of its products may have and cater for niche audiences requesting a change?
You might recognize the situation: You’re shopping and have to use the toilet, but don’t know where the nearest one is. Where can you find a clean, private bathroom? 2theLoo is a company that offers fresh, clean toilets in a special store.
An estimated 5,000 people with asthma end up in hospital each day. A number of those hospital visits could be avoided; as many as 75% of patients are using their inhalers improperly.
Cambridge Consultants developed the T-Haler, a device designed to help asthma suffers better monitor their use of their inhaler. Fitted with Wi-Fi and sensors, the T-Haler feeds back real-time usage data. The design firm claims that, with just three minutes of training with the T-Haler, proper use of inhalers skyrockets from 20% to 60%.
The prototype also uses gamification to encourage proper use of the tool.