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The future of treating open wounds in the outdoors

Fall 2019

DSID 125

Sealr is a futuristic medial device that seals up wounds that the user may have gotten out in the wilderness. It has additional medicinal properties to help keep the user calm to keep them focused on reaching safety.

The Sealr does this by using new medical tech such as polyglycerol sebacate to seal up wounds as a synthetic skin. This can have additional medicinal properties infused into it such as antibiotics and numbing powder to help user deal with the pain.


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One of the largest drawbacks to first aid sealers such as band-aid is that they work well in dry climates. In other climates it has a hard time sticking on and temporarily sealing a wound.

Carry Weight

Most backpackers try to carry as many essential items in their bag for emergencies. Things need to be as space-efficient as possible.

Pain and Mental Factor

When one is in pain, their thoughts can be clouded. Being able to think straight is key to making good decisions in a survival situation. One bad decision can lead to death.


Key Things Learned from Experts

Survival products need to be:
• Stupid easy to use
• Quickly accessible
• Try not to do too much
• Easy to carry
• Non-intrusive
• Effective



Phase 1:

Started off with several AI Assistants that help come up with solutions for most medical emergency situations by looking for local medicinal plants. Scratched concept after doing a simulation and realizing it takes too long to receive instructions in an emergency

Phase 2:

Moved forward with solutions that were readily accessible and were effective at sealing up the wound. Attempted to tackle it with biomimicry with a design similar to a leech and an octopus

Phase 3:

With accessibility in mind, I created different variations that were quick to get to and compact. At the same time, found synthetic skin gel was a way to seal up injuries and be able to stay on in different harsh conditions.

Testing & Mock Ups


Handcuffs were the main inspiration for the accessibility of the product since they are always easily accessible to the user.

Ease of use

Attempted to define the application process with consideration of an injured user. Being able to use with one have was the goal. Tested the flexible model, a pro was how easy it was to slide up and down injured areas.


Ease of Use

Attempted the concept of a hard wearable to test accessibility. It required too much dexterity for certain situations. But the major plus was it was more feasible for current technologies to fit inside and how it would be manufactured.


Ease of Use

Attempt to create a latch that can be opened easily. Did not work well since it would stay on when pulled. Too tight

Ease of Use

The new version of the latch would fall off when a person would be walking. Too weak.

Handicap Usage

Attempted to try to merge them to see how it would work out.



The future of bandanges.



Front Lip

Channels fluid away from the injured area


Cures in 2 seconds

Gel has anti-biotics

and numbing powder to

help with primary first aid


Can be reused multiple times

Tank has enough for 2 uses

Press to Activate

Press area to get the device to start extruding.

Opening Band

Band opens out a little bit to allow for fast removal from wrist or belt loop

How to use


Grab off belt loop or wrist.


Palm the Sealr.


Press and drag over the injured area.


Outer Band


Outer Band

Extruder Assembly

Back Band

Exploded View

Break down of the parts that go inside.

Front Lip


Thank You!

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