A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is a medical device that helps people with obstructive sleep apnea breathe more easily as they sleep. These bulky, wall-powered machines typically reside on a patient’s bedside table. During use, the patient wears a mask tethered to the unit by a six-foot-long breathing tube. These factors make traveling with CPAP machines nearly impossible for most patients.
Human Design Medical and Smithwise worked to design and engineer the new ZI™: the lightest and most user-friendly, portable CPAP machine on the market. Exceptionally quiet, easy-to-use, and small in size, the 10-ounce ZI brings a new level of performance to the market.
In addition to developing the Z1, Smithwise also developed its PowerShell, the first fully integrated power solution for CPAP users who need a completely portable, built-in power source. Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, the Z1/PowerShell system offers up to eight hours of cord-free use.
Trying to fit all of the machine’s mechanical components into a fraction of the device’s normal size, while also integrating an eight-hour battery life required expert engineering solutions. Through a rigorous design process, the team developed a portable solution that has been unobtainable until now.
All of these features combine to create a powerful medical device while introducing a more approachable, consumer-focused product that accommodates users’ active lifestyles.
The ZI became commercially available through the Human Design Medical website in early 2014.
The Z1 established a new standard for portable CPAP machines by combining class-leading size, weight, and acoustics. Competitive products are an average of 50% heavier and 1.7dbs louder than the Z1 based on an average of competitive products at cpap.com.