Life Preservation Technologies (LPT), a team with deep global expertise in emergency response protocol and medical devices, sought to create a smart medical bag to better equip those responding to severe incidents such as terror attacks and natural disasters. Together, 10XBeta and LPT developed the LPTv1 bag in response to both their vision and requests from industry experts for optimization, improved safety, and better documentation methods.
10XBeta completed over 50 hours of user interviews and focus groups with elite military personnel and first responder teams from around the world, including fire chiefs, EMTs, flight nurses, and others, to better understand what responding to a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) entails. Throughout the research, concerns surrounded current bag designs and the immense need to rethink organization and ease-of-use. Users also highlighted the dangerous situations they often find themselves in when responding to an incident, such as active shooters, explosives, and more. Working with the LPT team, insights were prioritized to create a set of design guidelines and principles that aligned with user research and the founding team’s product goals.
Organization & Ease-of-Use
Modularity & Storage
Documentation & Record-Keeping
Lightweight & Durable
Once both teams aligned on the design guidelines, 10XBeta began form and function studies while researching parallel emerging technologies that might serve objectives.
In tandem with bag development, 10XBeta worked to design a brand that would serve LPT as a company, easily transitioning from the bag to all future product offerings. Using Life Preservation Technologies as a starting point, the team focused and built on the brand name of the company—LPT. The kit itself is known as the V01, implying that it is LPT’s first entry into the market they’re creating—smart, integrated, superior medical-responder equipment.
The primary goal was to create a brand that felt more technical, rugged, and trustworthy, while remaining flexible for future applications. To ensure universal recognition of the first responder at the scene of an event, the Star of Life and bold, large white MEDIC graphics were chosen as symbols. Lastly, brand, graphics, and coloring were developed to ensure the bag was recognizable to onlookers, day and night, at first glance.
Responding to emergency situations often requires a set of basic supplies to survey and secure the scene, then triage and provide care to those who are most in need. The LPTv1 would need to house the equipment to allow for such user scenarios while being durable yet lightweight. The target internal volume was calculated based on what the necessary medical aid items for a mass casualty event and what would be most comfortable for the user. The team also designed an internal organization system that incorporated weight distribution, modularity, and color coding for the user, allowing each item to be accessed effectively, relative to how frequent an item is used.
As the macro form took shape, the team began designing and developing the internal electronics and internal structure to test assumptions. Layered on top of the structure were various forms of visual and audio geared toward keeping the user safe and aware. Visual or audible feedback, such as buttons to control LED states, internal guiding lights for night visibility, and air quality readouts, help to accomplish this.
Externally, visibility of the first responder was paramount. The team tested a variety of designs and materials to best achieve a solid light band to span the length of the bag. By creating a custom light guide that reflected LED light strips, the team was able to achieve a solid light glow with a low profile.
It was important to the LPTv1 team to include a beacon that would allow users to extend and illuminate the scene, while documenting the scene for later use in deconstructing, analysis, and training. Once the desired form was finalized, the team worked to layer in electronics, which included a button-controllable audiovisual siren, GPS localization with WiFi + LTE position streaming, 360-degree video capture atop the beacon pole with WiFi + LTE streaming, and a multi-gas sensor module with WiFi + LTE data streaming.
The final set of bags was created using custom vacuum forms to produce the durable shell components. The metal frame and end caps were formed by our manufacturing partners and later fitted with electronics at 10XBeta in New York. Once components were ready to go, 10XBeta partnered with Wearable Media to determine optimal patterning and to complete final fabrication.
With initial prototypes first introduced in 2018, the LPTv1 design is widely recognized by the industry as a must-have piece of equipment. The LPT team is actively fundraising and demoing the bags worldwide at anti-terror and military exhibitions.