Embrace Solutions

In this project, we aim to construct a comfortable wearable system that protects elders against fall-related injuries.

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What is the value of saving a life?
Our team believes every life is invaluable on its own. This is the premise of our company, Embrace Solutions.

Fall-related injuries pose serious threats to seniors 55 and older both mentally and physically. According to National Statistics, falls among older adults are responsible for more than 2.5 million ER visits, 700,000 hospitalizations and 25,000 deaths per year.

As a result, our product is designed to provide a light and comfortable daily fall-protection system that allows the users to wear it and forget it.

Accidental falling is a dangerous uncertainty that elders face everyday. One small mistake can result in long lasting impacts that individuals may never recover from. Our main goal at Embrace Solutions is to make it a priority to bring protection against this unpredictable threat.

The effects of aging can bring about many unwanted changes such as blurry vision, loss of hearing, decreased motors skills, slower reflexes, and lower bone density. As a result, falling often leads to detrimental consequences both mentally and physically. According to the National Institute of Health, 1/3 of the individuals over the age of 65 falls at least once a year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

In 2013, over 2.8 million injuries were treated in the emergency department, which includes over 800,000 cases of hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths. This statistic is heartbreaking. Currently, the Embrace group is working diligently in producing a minimal viable model which will be featherweight and compact. With this minimal model, we aim to provide the users with critical protection and comfort, so they can wear it, and forget it.

The Embrace team is determined to bring forward a solution to this widespread problem so that these older adults can go back to living their life to the fullest.

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  • 1 × Impact Absorbent Material This will be the outer layer of the wearable that serves as a primary point of contact to cushion against the falling force.
  • 1 × 3-Axis Accelerometer This will be the primary sensor that will be used to monitor bodily motion and detect fall pre-cursors.
  • 1 × Raspberry Pi This will be the primary on device processor for the prototyping phase of the product.

  • Simple and Passive Solution

    Jun Lu08/26/2016 at 20:06 0 comments

    Our Team is determined to find a simple passive solution as the first measure for protecting elders against fall related injuries.

  • New Team Members

    Jun Lu08/22/2016 at 00:38 0 comments

    We are here to congratulate and welcome a new members onboard to the Team. John Hermiz, is a graduate student with a special interest in medical devices. Currently, he is working toward his Ph.D in University of California, San Diego.

  • Human Center Design

    Jun Lu08/22/2016 at 00:10 0 comments

    The goal of the Embrace team is to create a product that is truly comfortable for everyday use - human-centered design. Because of this, we will be working closely with the senior living community La Costa Glenn located in Carlsbad, CA

  • Initial Prototype

    Jun Lu08/21/2016 at 23:53 0 comments

    To protect against fall related injuries and gathering inspiration from a Swedish company Hövding, we wanted to put together a wearable jacket that deploys upon detecting the onset of a fall and protects the individual against fall related injuries. Our Initial Prototype was fortunate to be featured by San Diego Tribune Union.

  • Primary MVP

    Jun Lu08/20/2016 at 20:23 0 comments

    After discussing extensively with the Embrace team, we have decided to first explore and experiment with a fall protection system that is primarily non-electronic. Using only the characteristics of the chosen material we aim to achieve 50% absorption of the impact force.

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Debbie Leung wrote 08/29/2016 at 20:59 point

Hi, Jun,

This is one of the ideas I want to develop but I don't have enough time and resources to do it all by myself.  I am also interested in assistive technologies and have started on developing some. 

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Jun Lu wrote 08/29/2016 at 22:45 point

Thank you very much! Our group is very dedicated to the cause and would love any feedback you may have. I think your project is very cool and needed. Stay in Touch.

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esperanza9512 wrote 08/22/2016 at 10:27 point

I'd like to call these airbags a life-saving device, please keep comments more appropriate. 

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