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Handicare™ Haptic Lifts

Haptic Patient Lifts

Handicare™ Lifts

Handicare International™ asked our team to develop a first of it's kind, fully haptic, patient lift. The design and engineering, developed in conjunction with the team at Handicare, looked to use simple controls to allow doctors and nurses to confidently lift their patients without the aid of another person. The patented system uses touch-based input to recognize changes in the weight on the system to understand whether a patient needs to be lifted up or set down. The system will save millions a yeer in treatment costs and can even be implemented in the home.

Industrial Design


Use Cases

Concept Generation

User Analysis

Material Research





UI/UX Design







PCB Design


Mechanical Design

Enclosure Design

Firmware Development

Dev Ops

Turn Key Development

The Brash Team was tasked with designing and developing a revolutionary, and now patented, way of patient handling. The goal was to develop a patient lift that could be used by a single patient handler, without the need for a second set of hands to aid in the process of hoisting a patient from their bed. Using haptic technology, the team developed a system which would use light pushes or pulls on the patient sling to understand whether they wanted the patient to be lifted up or softly put down.

Haptic Movement

A revolutionary haptic feedback system was installed in to the Handicare system which relied on small differences in weight on the sling. When a patient needed to be lifted up, the liftbar was push upward just enough to notice a lighter weight and would then go upward at a gradual rate. In order to go down, the lift was pulled slightly to increase the weight and the system would recognize that as a command to go down.

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