UNYQ Align™ is an Accessible Game-Changing Treatment for
Scoliosis; Reveals New Concept Brace Designed by Studio Bitonti for UNYQ
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DesignForAll—UNYQ, the San Francisco- and Seville-based pioneer in
personalized prosthetics and orthotics, today showcased their new
state-of-the-art scoliosis brace, UNYQ Align™, and their
personalized prosthetic cover, UNYQ Performance™, at a White
House event hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and
Office of Science and Technology Policy. UNYQ Align™ combines
3D-printing and digital design, powered by the Intel® Curie™ module,
into a stylish, customized, and lightweight medical device that assists
For this special White House event, UNYQ teamed up with Studio Bitonti,
led by famed designer, Francis Bitonti, to imagine a brand new type of
UNYQ Align™ brace. The result is not only fashionable, but, through
innovative topology optimization technology, Studio Bitonti and UNYQ
were able to reduce the material significantly to create their most
breathable and lightweight scoliosis brace yet.
“It was a privilege to collaborate with UNYQ on this solution. These are
the kinds of projects designers need to be paying very close attention
to,” said Francis Bitonti, CEO of Studio Bitonti. “UNYQ Align™
demonstrates how innovative technologies, designers, and technologists
can combine to revolutionize treatment of medical conditions and
dramatically improve the lives of the people who rely on assistive
Around 7 million US citizens suffer from scoliosis, a curvature of the
spine that afflicts both young and old. Bracing is the most common
treatment for children and teens, with prescribed usage of up to 16-18
hours a day. Traditional braces make it difficult for patients to reach
the minimum recommended bracing period per day because they are
constricting, bulky and perceived as unattractive.
UNYQ Align™ uses sensors to detect how long a user wears the device, and
monitors pressure points to ensure fit and function. A mobile app
collects the data for use by clinicians to make adjustments based on
empirical data. At 3.5mm thick, the new brace is lightweight and slim
enough to wear under a shirt, and comes in a wide variety of colors and
patterns. These innovations dramatically improve the patient’s
experience and impact their willingness to wear the brace.
“We are thrilled to have been invited to feature 2 of our products, UNYQ
Performance™ and UNYQ Align™ at the White House Event Celebrating
Inclusive Design, Assistive Technology & Prosthetics,” said Eythor
Bender, UNYQ CEO and Co-Founder. “I’m continually inspired by people who
have overcome personal barriers, and am proud we have developed products
that allow them more opportunities to do so.”
The White House event included remarks from administration officials,
industry experts, and designers, and featured a fashion show
highlighting inclusive creations.
Included in the fashion show:
The UNYQ Align™ concept scoliosis brace designed by Studio Bitonti for
UNYQ, was modeled by Grace Mosier, a 15-year-old with scoliosis. Grace
demonstrated how the tiny, yet powerful embedded Intel Curie™ Module
is helping her reach her treatment goals, while its stylish,
customized, and lightweight design gives her more confidence and
increases her willingness to wear the brace.
An example of UNYQ Performance™, personalized prosthetic covers, that
empower amputees to celebrate their authenticity in a fashionable way
was worn by retired US Marine Corps Sergeant, Kyle Garcia, whose left
leg was amputated after suffering a blast injury from an IED during
his third deployment in Afghanistan.
UNYQ Align™ will be launched to a limited number of the top clinics in
the U.S. in October. The UNYQ Align™ App will be available in the spring
of 2017. Sign up for updates at www.unyq.com.
UNYQ delivers personalized non-invasive
orthopedic devices that improve quality of life and celebrate user’s
authenticity fashionably. The company employs digitization and 3D
printing and cognitive systems to enhance device functionality and
democratize access to everyone affordably. To learn more about UNYQ, its
Hub Network and complete product lines, visit unyq.com.
About Studio Bitonti
Studio Bitonti creates tools that push
ideas into the world. It designs manufacturing processes, products, and
software to enable clients to use emerging technologies on a variety of
projects with a variety of materials. The studio’s goal is to help
clients produce their ideas with the most innovative tools available.
Studio Bitonti is based in Brooklyn, NY. More information can be found
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) expands the boundaries of
technology to make the most amazing experiences possible. Information
about Intel can be found at newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.