Project team: Cynthia Chen, Christopher Herridge, Derrick Mar, Steven Roth, Vanessa Wijaya, Dennis Yu
Course: Introduction to New Product Development, spring 2016
Aiming to enhance quality of life for those in wheelchairs who suffer from pressure sores, a student team called Under Pressure created a pressure-monitoring pad and a compatible mobile app. A debilitating problem that can lead to skin infection, invasive surgery, and lengthy recovery, pressure sores plague many people who spend more than 14 hours per day sitting in one position.
Under Pressure’s product addresses many users’ lack of awareness of developing ulcers and the need for positive reinforcement to treat healing ones. Robust enough to use with any wheelchair cushion, the pressure-monitoring pad feeds realtime image and text information to the mobile app, providing users with the power to make smart decisions about their health.
Under Pressure was supported by EnableTech, a campus organization focused on designing and building assistive technologies for people with disabilities.
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