Athena, 2015


Athena is an open platform for breast pump research and development. It’s a software-defined, sensor-equipped pump operated through a smartphone. The Athena can emulate the motor operations of popular pumps on the market, or configure settings automatically through any combination of user adjustment and sensor feedback. Athena makes pump parts interoperable, allowing users to try on or reconfigure elements from different, existing pumps on the market (such as flanges, tubing, pumping cycles). Athena provides an API to data-driven pumping, and is an open platform for the development of radically new pumping experiences and interfaces.


Created by Tal Achituv, Daniel Goodman, and Savannah Niles with Support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Wellbeing Initiative at the Media Lab.


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