After a gruelling semester of ups and downs our MIT + RISD team has reached their final presentation, and what a presentation it was! The team’s final design addresses needs DtM had identified from overseas and new insights the student team uncovered during research with health care providers in Boston. Their concept embodies a variety of qualities that make it suited for the developing world context, some include:
- All in one design: eliminates unruly cords that can be easily damaged
- Compact, but not too small: small enough to carry around, but harder to accidentally lose
- Constant Alignment: hinged jaw design keeps sensors aligned, no room for user error
- Torsion Spring: pressure on baby’s foot is controlled by a spring, not the user
- Accommodates Many Foot Sizes: hinged design allows for quick adjustment
- Trigger: no need to fumble with band-aid style sensors, the trigger is simple and intuitive
- Only necessary features: only settings or readings that are needed
We are incredibly proud with all that the team has accomplished this past semester, and can't wait to test the concept in the field with a variety of our internal sacrificial concepts. Thank you Aditya, Esther, Keiichi, Kevin, Leah, Phillip, Shubhang, Victoria and Wei for all of your hard work! We look forward to working with you as we move Pelican forward!
Check out a video of their concept below!
- Will Harris, IDSA