Contemporary examples of design practices have proved that every object has a multi-functional potential that can elevate one's experience of a given product. Earbuds and headphones a great example of this, especially when considering startup Nēsos' interesting case study about the possibility of earbuds being a tool for the relief from pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. This is an autoimmune disease that causes joints to swell and bones to wear down.
The company is looking into the multi-functional potential of the earbud to send an electrical current through the inner ear. During trials, Nēsos has found promising results. As of right now, the startup is troubleshooting "the optimal electrical signal to send through the earbuds and whether that signal ultimately needs to be tailored to individual patients."
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