Designed by James Teh, the T.Jacket lets parents far away use an app to give their children a “hug” when needed. The system features real-time remote monitoring of activity and pressure levels, as well as remote pressure application.
Deep pressure therapy is a sensory-based intervention often used by therapists to assist individuals with sensory processing difficulties, such as those with autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The jacket can be used to apply pressure when a child becomes agitated or anxious to help soothe them.
Co.Exist reports that the lightweight jacket’s inner layer contains small pockets of air in the shoulders and stomach areas linked to embedded electronics. There is also a motion sensor to gauge frustration and an alert is sent out to notify the parents or therapists, who can then set the jacket’s pressure to soft, medium, or strong levels, depending on what the child needs.
The jacket is due to be ready by September and it can be pre-ordered for $399. The video below shows the different scenarios where T.Jacket could be used: