Mpulse

Mpulse Medbase was a project that me and my team undertook in Spring 2019 in partnership with Georgia Tech and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. It was an automated storage solution for their planned hospital that was beginning construction that year.

My role in the project lies in the design of the Medbase itself, primarily with sketching and ideation, as well as creating the presentations and graphics we used. I also worked on research at Children's hospitals on-site along with the rest of the team.

Team



Mpulse won the Richard Martin Humanitarian Design Award in May 2019.

Storage at Children's in Egelston.

The problem.

Mpulse started with visits to the Children's hospital in Egelston, on the Emory campus in Georgia. What we discovered there was that they their storage problems with their ventilators and other expensive equipment were very extreme. Equipment barely had an organization system, and was often shoved into rows in small storage rooms on various floors, which lead to hoarding and equipment sitting unused. We saw that this situation could actually be life threatening, and set out to create a possible solution.

Shape & form moodboard.

Ideation.

With a problem in mind, we set out to design an automated and adaptable Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for Children's to use in future and current hospitals. This process involved tons of sketches (obviously), as well as some foam models and further research to see what products are already out there.

Sketches & Model

Highlighted sketches done by myself. Physical models made by Ken Kirtland.

Enter: Mpulse Medbase.

Our solution.

From our research, ideation, and communication with Children's, we came up with the Mpulse Medbase, an adaptable AGV storage solution that could both fit into their new hospital and retrofit their existing hospitals. The lid of the Medbase is detachable, allowing for easy maintenance and the ability to place different pieces of equipment on top. Mpulse functions as a system, which would allow the minimization of space needed to store each Medbase, as well as reduce the amount of manpower and manual labor needed to transport each piece of equipment. Plus, it smiles!

Adaptable

Adaptable

The adapter plate and footprint of each Medbase allows for retrofitting into existing hospitals.

Efficient

Efficient

Each Medbase automatically travels to where the equipment is needed and restocks par-rooms, removing the need for people to do those tasks.

Friendly

Friendly

Our Medbase was designed for a children's hospital and equipment, hence its small and friendly exterior.


Internals

Renders done by Dylan Fealtman. Internal parts found by Ken Kirtland.


Renders

Renders done by Dylan Fealtman.


Usage Storyboard

Mpulse storyboard