TACL: training aid for correct lifting
Lower back pain is one of the most common health problems. Aimed at nurses, who are the most affected profession by back problems, I created an intervention that would be incorporated into their training.
Most of back injuries are caused by poor lifting techniques. TACL is designed to prevent these - discretely placed underneath nurse's uniform where it is connected to the inner side of the uniform tunic and a belt loop of the trousers, it will warn them when lifting is not being done properly.
For this, I invented a new type of a stretch sensor, which uses stretch properties of a fabric from which TACL is partly made - when a nurse bends their back too much, the fabric stretches into a point in which this transformation closes an embedded electric circuit, and the device creates vibrating sensation in the waist area to remind the nurse to be mindful of their body and posture.
Project duration: 2 weeks/2016
Course: Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc, 1st year Solo project.