Tech Transfer—Origami Adult Diapers
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 576 , Segment 5
Episode: Puerto Rico, Co-Sleeping, Origami Diapers
- Jun 19, 2017 11:00 pm
- 20:00 mins
Guest: Spencer Magleby, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, BYU; Mike Alder, Director of BYU Technology Transfer Office There’s a big market opportunity on the horizon for makers of a product area that’s a little sensitive to discuss. Adult diaper sales are expected to increase 48 percent in the next few years. Compare that to baby diaper sales which are only expected to grow by 2.5 percent, according to Bloomberg News. In a decade, diaper companies Kimberly Clark and Procter & Gamble expect to be selling more diapers for adults than for babies. The reason is pretty simple – the baby boomers are aging, and they’re going to want some better options than exist right now. A team led by BYU mechanical engineering professor Spencer Magleby took some cues from origami to design a better adult diaper.