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Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc)

Shefali Bohra

Alt-er is a tool for sports performance enhancement. It is designed specifically for amateur players involved in equipment sports who spend hours and hours training.

The players undergo a rigorous routine of repetitive actions (eg. forehands and backhands) during their training sessions. The pain in muscles is usually experienced hours after the session. Alter looks at specifically monitoring forearm muscles to lower the risk of tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis). An injury like that is usually dismissed in its acute phase of treatment and can disrupt a player's activities and training for a few months or years.

Opportunity, media item 1

Design a tool that can identify muscle overuse and alert players in real-time.

Proposition, media item 4

Work-related lateral and medial epicondylitis (commonly known as tennis elbow) is a common upper extremity musculoskeletal disorder that affects 4–30% of workers depending on the industry.

It occurs in up to 50% of athletes whose sports involve frequent overarm motions. Various trainers and players were involved in the development process.

Shefali is a Product Designer who is driven to explore various tangible mediums and technologies to address unmet needs. Her interest lies in healthcare innovation. Previously she has also worked as a Design Researcher and Strategist. She has recently co-founded Dotplot, a breast health monitoring tool.

Having won Imperial’s Venture Catalyst Programme 2022, she has also been accepted onto the InnovationRCA Startup Programme as well as is a part of MedTech Super Connector 2022.

Show Location: Kensington campus: Darwin Building, Lower ground floor

"This project is an exploration of predictive and preventive medical technologies that lie in the hands of the consumers. These are enabled by a combination of various sensors that are able to capture, process, and then inform the user. Deploying a succinct feedback system that users find meaningful is equally important."