Designing a product for the correction of breast asymmetry resulting from post-surgical defects or congenital deformities.
An iOS application that can scan and identify key points on a woman’s breast, then use depth data from iPhone’s TrueDepth camera to calculate different measurements, such as breast volume, nipple position, projection of the breasts, and more.
Up to 88% of women have a form of breast asymmetry, and this problem is even more prevalent amongst women with congenital deformities and the 1 in 8 women that are diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. In many cases, this asymmetry takes a large psychological toll and despite surgeons’ best efforts these women are likely to still have noticeable asymmetry even after electing to undergo a reconstructive procedure. Current solutions on the market addressing this problem are far from adequate. Standard bras follow an archaic sizing system assuming that every woman has the same, perfect symmetrical figure with variation only in cup size and band width. Bras are painful, uncomfortable and do not take into account the unique needs of each woman. This creates an immense market opportunity for this project, which is the creation of a product that truly addresses the problem of breast asymmetry. This problem has a two-component solution: scanning and generating a 3D model of the breasts to determine the asymmetry, then designing and manufacturing a customized garment with supplemental padding to correct for asymmetry. For the purposes of this course, the main aim is to develop an imaging system to detect, measure, and 3D model breast asymmetry in women that will enable the creation of a customized product tailored to have more support and comfort than a standard bra can provide. In order to address accessibility issues for customizable products, this imaging system will be easily available to any woman through an iOS application on iPhoneX and above.