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Smallest, lightest CPAP machine launches for sleep apnea patients on the go

4:56 pm by | 5 Comments

Z1 | From Human Design Medical

Z1 | From Human Design Medical

Human Design Medical‘s Z1, which claims to be the smallest, lightest CPAP machine, hit the market Tuesday. It works with all CPAP masks. The target market? Sleep apnea patients on the go. Weighing in at only 10 ounces and palm-sized, it makes the industry standard look as clunky as a boombox with the advent of MP3 players. It is also quieter than the industry standard.

The Boston-based medical device company also sells a Power Shell that allows the device to be used with a battery–without plugging in. This allows for ultimate mobility–more while sleeping (no need to take the side of the bed by the outlet) and even for long flights–without a loud, plug-in device, it’s a possibility for sleep apnea patients who are jet set–or weekend camping trips. But that feature also adds safety: if there’s a power outage, the device automatically switches to its battery reserve.

The Z1′s Bluetooth technology also allows patients to view feedback on their breathing patterns. The device even uses an “algorithm that learns from your breathing pattern and relieves machine pressure on exhalation.”

According to the company website:

The Z1 is data-capable and records all information on events and compliance. With our free software*, data is presented in a user-friendly interface where you can track your progress.

“We think that if we can engage device users in a more meaningful way – and create products that they actually like to use – we can be an integral part of their lifestyle and improve their quality of life,” SVP of Sales and Marketing Steve Moore said in a press release.

That integration will be important. While CPAPs are the standard of care for sleep apnea patients, compliance is the biggest issue. (After 12 months using the CPAP device, compliance among American patients is about 26 percent, according to Frost & Sullivan.) This kind of innovative device takes away some of the edge of a medical appearance, plus the bothersome sound. It will be interesting to see results in the future on how this human-centered design impacts compliance. (Or if it’s the mask that’s the main deterrent.)

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Lindsey Alexander

By Lindsey Alexander

Lindsey Alexander is an Indiana-based freelance writer and editor covering the medical device industry. She earned a degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's from Purdue.
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This is soo cool.  I love to see the innovations they are comming o ut with.  I do not travel much but thought it was very bulky to carry my big machine around when I could have a tiny one.   Now if they could make the mask less bulky and more comfortable. 


Tremendous to see continued innovation in the sleep medicine industry! There's a larger focus on making devices and sleep management software cooperate, all to help medical professionals better track treatment and ultimately benefit the patient. 


I am sleep apnea patient but those machines are hopeless as medical device. Presentiy involved in dental insert for sleep apnea and the device has problems affecting inside mouth and after 2 weeks TWO TEETH has shifted. So be careful on dental solution for sleep apnea

Sandra Walker Kincaid
Sandra Walker Kincaid

@Fortech  I'm a sleep technologist/respiratory therapist and also a CPAP wearer for many years. I have to say that while I love the CPAP I have, it would be great to have something so small. This is exciting news!! My dear husband and I have begun traveling quite a bit and this would be great for those cruises we are going to take! I would love to get my hands on one. What is the cost?

Thanks so much!


@Sandra Walker Kincaid Hi Sandra, I'm not sure of the price point, but you can buy the device directly from the manufacturer and other outlets. On the company website, there's a "How to Buy" tab. Hope that helps!

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