FALL 2018 10 WEEKS


Research Team Théa Ringelstein & Emily Eich

Any injuries caused by trauma affecting the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments in any part of the body, commonly caused by sports injuries, major trips and falls, or any accidents. Any musculoskeletal trauma can be life threatening and can worsen over time if not taken care of correctly.




Bulky & cumbersome

Body part specific

Sudden lifestyle change

User's lack of knowledge & discouragement

Constant visits & appointments


Integrate treating and monitoring
Empower the user in their recovery
Expedite data communication and feedback

Incorporate smart technology

Source National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2010; National Center for Health Statistics.

How might I empower the user in their recovery by allowing them to get real-time data from their bodies and have control over monitoring and treating their condition from the comfort of their homes?


Myo Gesture Armband

Physical Therapy by App

Posture Brace

PowerDot Stimulator

Athos Training Gear

Biometric clothing with sensors that send real-time data from the user's muscle activity to an app.

Bluetooth electrical stimulator that adheres to the user's body and allows for wireless muscle therapy.

Harness that eases back pain by holding the user's body in correct posture.

Device tracks the user's movements and allows them to see how they are doing from their own home.

Using myoelectric technology, the band tracks the electrical pulses from muscles to control other technology remotely.

The Small but Mighty Brain

This device is the hub of all the data and power. It seamlessly slips in and out of its casing in the harness to allow for easy charging and the ability to wash the harness. Its simple body contour cues the user to the hidden button concealed for powering and connecting the bluetooth antenna to the user’s various devices, allowing data to be collected from the user’s body. With its copper contact points on the back, the sensor body magnetizes and connects to its charger, cleanly staying in its designated crevice for simple charging.


A biometric therapy harness to help snap back into health.


With the length of the recovery process, users may get disheartened due to the stagnant nature and slow progress of improving their health, while not truly knowing what is happening within their bodies. Snapback X combats all of these with its biometric harness and real-time data app. Users can gain insight on what’s happening within their body and track their pain and progress from the comfort of their own homes. Not only does the Snapback X help monitor the user’s condition, it allows them to treat their symptoms at the same time with its embedded electrodes for electrical stimulation. Altogether, the Snapback X keeps the user accountable for their recovery, in tune with their body, and confident in their care.

Designing the Details

The polyester and spandex harness stretches to suit the user’s body, and the stitched seams not only add a visual detail but allow for a comfortable wear. The slim harness has a low profile fit to the body, allowing for both bold wearing on the outside of clothing or concealed wear underneath. The fabric detailing on the back cues where the electrodes touch the user’s body on the inside of the harness for electrical stimulation treatment, and hidden inside the fabric are stretch sensors that measure muscle fatigue, tone, and effort, whenever the sensor powers the harness from its soft casing. 

The Data is in Your Hands

The Snapback X harness is accompanied by an app to keep the users on track of their progress and daily tasks. The main iPad app allows users to see real time data from their bodies, including summary charts from their activities. Users stay up-to-date on their recovery plan with the activities pushed to their account by their medical professionals. At their own convenience, users can log their appointments, record their pain, and take their care into their own hands, without having to constantly go into their professionals’ offices. The mini app on the iPhone also allows the user to stay connected even on the go.

Megan Manzano. Last Edited Jaunuary 2019