What's the big idea?
We all fall victim to Father Time, but does that mean we have to leave our homes? Soon 20% of the US population will be between the ages of 64-84 and fighting for their independence. The RPA is designed to help caregivers and nurses provide patients with more independent care.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
Invacare supplies popular patient handling equipment like wheelchairs, scooters, sit-to-stands, and lifts. All of these pieces of equipment are popular when handling an individual with limited mobility. Most transfers require the use of two or more of these devices.
How are you different from that player?
Wheelchairs, scooters and lifts are all great, but are useless if you are unable load or propel them solo. Imagine: it is night and you are in bed. You grab your iPad to summon your R.P.A. which arrives charged to lift and carry you to the bathroom and then back to bed. That is different!
How's the world different with your idea in it?
I have never had to ask anyone for help with going to the rest room, getting out of a chair or going to bed. But I did see what it can do to people. I watched my father take care of my late mother for years, like a saint. This product gives more ease to caregivers and dignity to patients.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
Our first Robotic Patient Aid is designed to adapt to different patients, and has different drive systems to operate in a variety of facilities. Good margins will allow us to buy tooling and decrease costs quickly. The ability to add features and services will only increase our markets.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
Our team has the machinery and ability to build different prototypes, and the facilities for inventory and assembly. We want to put together the best team and products to achieve better patient outcomes.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
Our newest RPA has received a lot of interest from healthcare professionals. We would like to move forward and build this new RPA to gain sales and more feedback.