1. MassChallenge finalist pumped up by autism vest

    MassChallenge finalist pumped up by autism vest
    Mullen co-developed the vest’s DeePAD technology, which is licensed from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. It’s based on research started when he was earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering there and continued during Ph.D. studies. The vest, which sells for $2,000 and comes in three sizes, is fabricated by medical device manufacturer Dielectrics Inc. in Chicopee. It has a removable hand pump that allows the child, his parent, occupational therapist or other caregiver to inflate or deflate the internal vest “bladder” to apply the desired level of deep pressure to the child.
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