magen

deliverables

  • Product Development
  • User Testing
  • Rapid Prototyping

CLIENT

  • Samsonite Corporation

COMPLETED

  • December 2018

MAGEN, the Hebrew word for 'shield', is a line of products aimed at saving lives through performance enhancing equipment. The two backpacks and the protective vest, Mantaray, Electricray and Stingray, are designed to streamline medical rescue operations in both combat and civilian scenarios thanks to their additional performative features described below.

After serving as a project manager in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), I experienced how in the line of duty every second counts. Working alongside combat medics and EMTs, I understood how these overlooked rescuers, with inefficient medical bags and obstructive safety gear, stand in harm's way when providing life-saving treatment.

Problem

Combat Medic

* Training footages

"Even during boot-camp, our backpacks were always extremely heavy".

Key drawbacks:

  1. Unstable
  2. Flimsy compartmentalization
  3. Troublesome when treating injured soldier
* Training footages

“GOD FORBID IF THERE’S AN ACTUAL INJURED SOLDIER, IT WILL TAKE ME FOREVER TO TAKE OFF THE BulletProof”.

Key drawbacks:

  1. Manually cut
  2. Heavy duty, requires time and effort to remove
  3. Avoid ammunition storage when cut

EMT

* Training footages

“IN A SITUATION WHERE EVERY SECOND COUNTS, GETTING TO THE INJURES QUICKLY WILL BE A GAME CHANGER”.

Key drawbacks:

  1. Bulky wear
  2. Restricted movement
  3. Heavy

methodology

Synthesis

Ideation

Experimenting

Manufacturing

Assembling

Consulting

Feedback

mantaray

Mantaray is a user-friendly integrated medical kit bag with existing equipment (gauze, syringes) and flak jacket.

It relies on a conceptual shock absorbing mechanism, similar to the one used in vehicle suspension systems, to reduce the weight of the bag for the user.

electricray

For the benefit of the soldier, the rapid removal bulletproof vest, Electricray, allows the medic to work more quickly and effectively.

Electricray can streamline the entire process, shaving off minutes from the rescue mission which can greatly impact the lives of the soldiers out in the field.

stingray

Stingray, a modular EMT medical bag, is designed with a concealed rapidly deployable ballistic shield for high-risk situations.

Keeping in mind the mission and the movement of the EMTs, the Stingray enables maximum functionality and protection without compromising the essential task of providing aid.

modularity

The ergonomics of the backpacks were key factors in developing the modular system. They were designed to allow easy access to the critical equipment needed to stabilize the patient, without needing to remove the backpack.

Various compartments for different category of equipment like gauze and heart monitors make for maximum efficacy. Even distribution of weight allows the back from swinging from side to side without destabilizing the medic.

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