Country: United States quell
Year: 2015

  • Include in specific packs of chronic back pain: A new business model of “personalized well-being” could be launched offering non-insurance products in order to promote prevention and well-being
  • Include as a part of health insurance for post-traumatic pain: offer Quell as a part of insurance package, and its’ usage can be recommended for post-trauma chronic pain
  • Sell as a specific well-being non-insurance product on a prepaid basis: The device could also be sold separately from insurance packs to customers  

Concept

  • Quell uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation* (TENS), that delivers electrical currents to the nerves for relieving pain
  • The device can be customized through a calibration process, which is designed to cater to varying levels of pain and sensitivity by optimizing the level of stimulation. An electrode is in direct contact with the skin and stimulates sensory nerves in the calf, and serves to carry neural pulses to the brain that in turn trigger the body’s natural pain relief mechanism, releasing endogenous opioids (opioid-peptides produced in the body) into the spine

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Consumer Benefits

  • Quell promises to relieve different types of chronic aches, from nerve pain to lower back problems
  • Users of the device will also have the option of using their smartphone to automatically track and personalize their pain therapy

How to use

  • Quell is a slim device that is slipped into a sports band and worn around the upper calf. It also connects to an iOS app (Android on the way) over Bluetooth 4.0, which enables the user to monitor their therapy sessions and also allows the device to double as a sleep tracker
  • Quell is worn for 60-minute long sessions, and pain relief lasts up to another 60 minutes. However, it is recommended to give 30 minute gaps between sessions

Illustration

  • Introduction on Quell on Vimeo
  • Engagdet blogs about Quell

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