Pressure ulcers are an entirely preventable condition. Smart Seat (a.k.a. Smart Ass) is a device that senses pressure changes on a wheelchair seat. It analyzes these changes and will sends alerts about unhealthy sitting behavior.
Conducted interviews and domain research to inform ourselves about pressure ulcers and the dangers they pose to people.
Analyzed and rated aspects of current solutions on the market; this helped us create a set of initial design principles to ideate on.
Outlined profiles of potential users that we learned about in our research, and identified which we would target at the rapid-prototyping make-a-thon.
Created mobile interfaces for prototypes. Aimed to showcase the potential of our device.
With a handful of potentially viable solutions in mind, we began building our ideas using inexpensive materials. We utilized foam core and 3D printers to quickly mockup concepts for the pressure sensitive seat.
Working on the smart seat at the Google Makeathon was an incredibly rewarding experience. We won 1st place! Since then, our team has continued to meet regularly to prototype new and cheaper sensors, and drive towards our goal of developing a cost-effective and easy-to-use pressure ulcer prevention system.