Product Development

Recent Experience (Amenity Health)

  • Prototyped initial concept designs including full-scale physical working models

  • Implemented an iterative design process through 8 test and revision periods

  • Developed and designed cut patterns for 7 different foam assemblies, fabric cover sewing, and shell stuffing manufacturing methods

  • Managed cut and sew facilities in the US (in-house and contract) and in Mexico, producing over 100,000 units

  • Procured raw materials (5 foam types, 4 fabric types, 2 stuffing types, thread, zippers, labels) through US and overseas vendors

  • Designed the manufacturing process capable of producing 60-80 finished goods at US facility

  • Created and maintained a BOM and a system for document control which included a 100-SKU Tech Pack

  • Worked with overseas manufacturer to make QC/QA and spec approval procedures

  • Wrote instructions and technical manuals for all topline products

  • Named in 11 granted patents, additional pending

Contents

1. MedCline

Flagship GERD/Acid Reflux Product | 11 Granted Patents

Amenity Health, Inc.

Design Directive: Facilitate a targeted inclined + lateral position to allow users to comfortably sleep yet remain elevated to prevent nocturnal acid reflux episodes.

  • Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus through the LES (lower esophageal sphincter), located on the top left side of the stomachBy placing a patient or user in an elevated and left-side-down position, a novel apparatus aims to control this flow by means of gravity and the shape of the participating anatomy

  • Device must comfortably position a patient in this elevated and left-side-down position

  • Allow user to use the device throughout the night (approx. 8 hours)

  • Allow for repeated use, via standard home laundering process or institutional sanitation processes

  • Ideal device would be used at home or in a hospital settings

 

(2011-2014)

a. MedCline Gen I Prototypes

 

b. MedCline Gen I Final Product

(2011-2014)

 

c. MedCline Gen II Prototypes

(2015-Current)

Redesign Rational: Exceed the level of comfort and compliance, while maintaining the effectiveness of Gen I with the following improvements:

  • Increased lateral stability by adding width and an additional rigid foam perimeter enclosing a soft support center pillow

  • Perimeter foam also increases the head and neck support for more ergonomic head/neck positioning

  • Improve longevity by removing 'strap and button' connection

  • Ease manufacturing costs by reducing the amount of stuffing in the head component

  • Unibody unit allows for easier customer manipulation and easer case removal for laundering

  • Changed to a 3-layer internal foam stack to improve long-term support while maintaining comfort

  • Sleek, professional/medical-grade appearance

 

 
 

d. MedCline Gen II Final Product

Gen II (2015-Current)

e. MedCline Body Pillow Prototypes

Design Directive: Competition lacks a plush yet supportive option, and the state of the art is sewn in a manner that results in unnecessary tautness in the shoulder and neck area

  • Increased comfort by using loose stuffing as opposed to rolled batting 

  • Ensure long-term support by using high-grade shredded memory foam to stuff the pillow

  • Seamless inner curvature at the top arc of the pillow. (Now patented 'baseball' style sewing construction)

  • Increase commercial color offerings (the competition sells only solid basic options)

 

 

f. MedCline Body Pillow Final

 

2. MedCline LP

Shoulder Pain Relief Product

Amenity Health, Inc.

Design Directive: Broaden existing patented technology to provide pressure relief to those that suffer from shoulder problems while attempting to sleep. Key Differences:

  • Decreased height to corresponding length to produce a shallower ramp for reduced 'inclined feel'

  • Inner foam stack retooled to accomidate larger demographic (greater % of athletic builds)

  • Increase arm space in lower arm hole

  • differenciating color scheme

 

a. MedCline LP Prototypes

 

b. MedCline LP Final

 

3. 'Floormat' Project

Smart scale bathmat device

Freelance Project

Design Directive: Undisclosed technology that records and analyzes vital signs from a 3 touchpoint, floormat apparatus. Explore stylized options to be decorative; for use in a modern bathroom. 

 

4. 'Patch' Project

Vital signs wearable device

Freelance Project

Design Directive: Undisclosed technology that records and analyzes vital signs from a simple 2 or 3 touchpoint, wearable apparatus. Explore the option of removable battery and/or disposable electrodes with reuseable sensor pads. 

5. 'Dongle' Project

Long-distance transmission cable connector

Freelance Project

Design Directive: Stylized electronics enclosure

 
 

6. Muley

Towable Backpack Project

Self-Promotion

Design Directive: Alternative to backpack: allows user to carry more gear into otherwise inaccessible locations.

 
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