During a visit to the dentist, 23-year-old industrial designer Leah Kenttämaa-Squires began thinking about how to improve dental care in developing countries. Before the dentist had arrived, she had already had come up with the basic design for a dental and medical chair that facilitates transport of medical equipment. “When I got home, I researched on the Internet about what’s on the market, what’s been used and what are the problems,” recent graduate of Purdue University Leah Kenttämaa-Squires explains. “Then I interviewed dentists and doctors about what they needed to treat patients in Third World countries.”
Known as the Mantis, the patent-pending portable medical chair can be used for dental care and physical treatments. “We call the chair the Mantis because of its design to morph into different shapes for different uses,” Kenttämaa-Squires explains. When not in use by patients, the lightweight chair can be converted into a dolly, enabling it to be used to carry supplies. It also can be used as an examination table.
The table could be on the market in as soon as two years.
Kudos to Leah for identifying a need and then designing a piece of equipment to meet that need. And they say the youth of today feel entitled and are unambitious…