Vicair is one of the world market leaders in anti-decubitus pillows and mattresses, which prevent
pressure wounds in bedded patients and wheelchair bound people. Ergo therapists have relied for
decades on pressure mapping to form their diagnosis; but friction is a far larger cause of the wounds.
Vicair had worked with research institutions, professors and universities to be able to measure shear
force between the patients bottom and their sitting surface. When Studio Mango was contacted,
there was a very expensive chair which could do some measurements.

Studio Mango came with a solution which proved to enable the measurements our client wanted and
much more!! When the first prototypes were sent to therapists for testing, they loved how they could
get this great insight easily and that they were able to measure the patients in their own wheelchairs.
For this project Studio Mango engineered all electronics, housings and developed the app, which
gives the therapists and patients real time insight in how much friction they experience and in which
directions. This enables therapist to adjust pillows or provide better ones on the spot and enable much
improved comfort and prevent “pressure” wounds in their patients.

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