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Soft Seat Cushion is a medical product designed for the Swan Rehab Medical center - Tempe, AZ.

 

 
  LEFT: Swan Rehab Medical Center, RIGHT: Design Group members including me, Warren Tenney, Shelley Esplin.

LEFT: Swan Rehab Medical Center, RIGHT: Design Group members including me, Warren Tenney, Shelley Esplin.


 

Problem

For those patients who are suffering from Strokes and MS (Multiple Sclerosis), they mostly lose their control while sitting, consequently, instead of sitting smoothly they plop which chronologically can cause spinal or other physical damages.
— Mallory Kargela, Doctor of Physical Therapy | Swan Rehab Institute | Phoenix, AZ

Goal

  • Providing both the doctors and the patients with prompt, clear and understandable feedback.
  • Helping the patience to prevent plopping on their next trial.
  • Affordable product for low income classes (Target Group).  
 

 

Ideation

Interactive Seat

Whistler Whoopee Cushion

Final Study Model

Whoopee cushion combined with children's asthma gouge flow meter. 

 Ideation Timeline
 


 

How It Works

Sit on Soft Seat slowly, otherwise if you "plop", it whistles loudly. 

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Results

  • Interactive medical product for the target group.

  • Adjustable sensitivity of the Asthma gouge can based on the patients' weight.

  • Affordable & easy to produce- Less than 30$.

  • And...

High pitch sound of the Soft Seat cushion provides the patients, even fo those who have hearing problems, with a clear feedback of their sitting practice.
— Mallory Kargela, Doctor of Physical Therapy | Swan Rehab Institute | Phoenix, AZ | Feedback Session, Fall 2016
 

  Prototyping Process

Prototyping Process

 

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