‘The most common problem in a project is that you do not know what problems there are.’ With that device in mind, Torbjörn Gerdenfors and Mårten Bernstad have pushed their project forward. Barely a year after the first contact with Smart Textiles and the start of the project, they are adding the finishing touches to the final prototypes of a product designed to help bedwetting children.
In 2006, Mårten Bernstad started thinking about how to solve the problem of children who wet their beds at night in an easy, safe, comfortable and environmental way. But not until the spring of 2010, when he and his colleague Torbjörn Gärdenfors were introduced to Smart Textiles, did the project really take off.
“Since we completely lacked knowledge of textiles materials, we needed a little help,” says Torbjörn Gärdenfors.
For bedwetting children there is no good solution today. Protective bedspreads, diapers and medication are the three most prominent solutions on the market.
“Most children are deeply ashamed to wet their beds. It also means the parents have to get up in the middle of the night and change sheets and pyjamas,” explains Torbjörn Gärdenfors and continues:
“Our basic idea is a product that keeps the urine from leaking onto the bed itself. The sheets don’t get wet and the children don’t have to be ashamed if they wet their beds away from home. This is a product the market isn’t able to offer today.”
For a long time, Torbjörn has been working on developing new technological products, and has discovered the advantages of developing a prototype early on in a project.
“By developing a prototype, you discover the weak links at an early stage. Usually, you know what problems there are. The problems that you don’t know are the really problematic ones.”
During the course of the project, they have cooperated closely with technicians in Prototype Factory and Swerea IVF.
“We have received a lot of help with material choices and the fabrics parts. It has been a lot of fun and very stimulating to learn about a new line of business,” says Torbjörn Gärdenfors.
The patent application has been submitted, and the company Pjama AB, which was started along with the project, has been given a small office space. They are now in the process of developing the final prototypes to be tested on children. They have been in contact with child health centres and nurses in their hometown of Malmö.
“We’re waiting on results from the field studies. Solving the final problems always takes a little longer, but this is an exciting phase. Hopefully, we will be able to put the product on the market this autumn.”
Written by: Therese Rosenblad