On March 5, 2015, we spoke with 5 UD undergraduates – Adam Engelson, Amy Lalime, Jack Sherry, Matthew Spicer, and Gabriel Szczepanek – about their development of the MTrigger, an iPhone app designed to monitor and display muscle contraction, allowing physical therapy patients more flexibility and autonomy in their treatment.
With other features, including a game compared to “Flappy Bird” but controlled by muscle contraction, the app also has recreational and athletic outlets.
Working with the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP), their project is one of many included in UD’s Spin In program, allowing outside entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to the university for its resources, and in the process provide opportunities to UD students. During the interview, we played a brief introduction to the Spin In process from David Weir, director of OEIP.
During the interview, we covered a wide range of topics, from the technology behind the app, including electrodes, to the challenges of christening the MTrigger and otherwise preparing it for the market.
Listen to the Interview
|Adam Engelson, Amy Lalime, Jack Sherry, Matthew Spicer, and Gabriel Szczepanek
About our Guests
- Adam Engelson is a junior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a minor in Computer and Information Sciences. He collaborated with Gabe on the circuit design, signal processing, and building the circuits to process the signal from the muscular contraction and send it to the phone.
- Amy Lalime is a senior majoring in Marketing. She worked on developing the product for commercial sale and performed market research.
- Jack Sherry is a junior majoring in Marketing. He worked on the MTrigger! design, developing the product name and logo.
- Matthew Spicer is a sophomore majoring in Computer and Information Sciences. He created software to interpret the signal from the circuits and display the information on the phone.
- Gabriel Szczepanek is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer and Information Sciences. He collaborated with Adam on the circuit design, signal processing, and building the circuits to process the signal from the muscular contraction and send it to the phone.
- Beth Miller, 2015 Spin In Showcase: Student savvy helps entrepreneurs get products to market, UDaily, Feb. 16, 2015.
Photo and video by Morgan Dennison