Austin Kahn

The Background

The average mattress has anywhere from 5 to 7 zones off stiffness designed to fit the contour of the user's body. However, there is no current system that matches the user to their ideal mattress based on pressure maps

I was offered the opportunity to work with a company that is developing a system to improve the mattress buying and owning experience



Product Need


Step 1: Generated Personalized Body Pressure Map

Step 2: Generate Pressure Map of In-Store Mattresses

Step 3: Match Customer's Pressure Map to a Mattress 

Original Concept


There were several issues with the proposed concept, so it was back to the drawing board to redefine the product


3D Renders

Using Autodesk Fusion 360, I created several 3D renders to communicate the many different directions for the product 

Building The Prototypes


Testing The Prototypes

Client Feedback

Three designs were submitted to the client for consideration. Receiving feedback from engineers and participating in discussions regarding compromising design/functionality for cost allowed me to experience the real life relationship between designers and engineers


Refining the Form

The friction-fit slider was chosen because of manufacturing cost and complexity

This stage of ‘focused ideation’ allowed me to narrow down to a form that communicates both stability (wide base with ‘feet’) and portability (spots for handles)

The Second Prototypes

Two 3D printed prototypes were presented to the client.

The main concern was the reliability of the sliding motion, so a working prototype was needed to test the threads on the inside of the housing