IDEO + neurometrix design wearable drug-free substitute to help treat chronic pain
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neurometrix a health-care company based in massachusetts teamed up with IDEO to develop ‘quell’ to help treat chronic pain for people suffering from conditions such as nerve, arthritic, back, leg and foot pain. using a wearable intensive nerve stimulation, this device triggers widespread relief and in a clinical study, reduced chronic pain and use of medication in the majority of users. 

IDEO-neurometrix-quell-chronic-pain-relief-designboom-02the neurometrix ‘quell’ is a simple band that wraps around the leg




neurometrix came to IDEO to help create the industrial design, interaction design and mechanical engineering to bring ‘quell’ to the consumer market. the main unit is placed in a sports band with a lightweight, slim design that fits comfortable on the upper calf, and delivers therapy for chronic pain to the body. the patented technology is customized and automatically adjusts the therapy dose for optimal relief. an accompanying app developed by atomic object, allow users to track treatment sessions, measure and understand the quality of their sleep as it relates to their pain, and personalize device settings. ‘IDEO’s expertise in leveraging consumer insights around our neurotechnology and application to pain relief translated into a lightweight, high tech, product design that seamlessly fit into our end users’ lives,’  says president and CEO of neurometrix, dr. shai gozani. 


IDEO-neurometrix-quell-chronic-pain-relief-designboom-03 the main unit that applies the therapy dosesIDEO-neurometrix-quell-chronic-pain-relief-designboom-04 the accompanied app