Human Design Medical (Boston, MA) has launched what it claims is the smallest and most portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The Z1 device, that weighs only 10 ounces, can fit in the palm of the hand or in one’s coat pocket, and with a 26 decibel rating it is advertised as being quieter than conventional CPAPs.
Unlike most CPAP machines, Z1 does not need its own carrying case when traveling and can even be taken on a plane. An optional PowerShell system of the Z1 houses a 14.4V lithium ion battery in a neoprene case and can provide at least 8 hours of continuous positive airway pressure. The device immediately moves over to backup power mode when there is no supply available and can be conveniently used during overnight camping trips.
The Z1 has a large backlit LCD display that shows power status, pressure setting, ramp time and progress. The display also provides feedback to the user when he or she is programming the ramp or pressure settings. Apart from the small footprint of the Z1, its other main advantage over conventional CPAP machines is the sophisticated algorithm in the system that monitors the user’s breathing patterns and relieves the air pressure when the user is exhaling, so that there is no fighting with the machine.
Here’s a demo video of the Z1:
Product page: The Z1…