CareCube was born at the 2015 Jefferson Health hack, the inaugural version of the event. The product and team, including Benjamin & Bond’s Justin Kunkel, won first place in the “Reducing Readmissions” track winning some interesting prizes and the attention of the local medical community.
The idea started as a re-application of a concept originally encountered in the Smart Home community, and is a tangible object that sends feedback to a patient’s care team and family based on its physical orientation. The entire prototyping phase took place over the course of 36 hours, largely at NextFab, a South Philadelphia Maker Space. The cube itself is made of laser-cut acrylic and with the processing accomplished using an Arduino board.
Not content to simply toss a winning idea in the icebox, Justin and the rest of his team have continued development of CareCube. The product is currently being reengineered for production at scale, with an eye towards a clinical trial in the near future.