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Project Overview

A number of coaches and athletes in the Genesee Region of Special Olympics New York are interested in adding bocce to the selection of sports in which athletes compete. In order to compete, athletes must be able to throw out the pallina, then roll the bocce balls onto the court. The device will assist athletes in performing these actions while preserving the strategic aspects of the game that come with selective ball placement.

From Michigan State University Adapted Sports Festival

From Michigan State University Adapted Sports Festival

Athletes will benefit from the physical competition as well as their new ability to participate in a social sport.

The primary challenges of this project are:

  1. Designing a system that can be used by individuals with a wide variety of disabilities
  2. Designing a system that is portable and easily transferred from one athlete to the next

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. BES-0527358.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Administrative Information

Project Name
Adaptable Bocce Ball Launcher
Project Number
P08004
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Track
Assistive Devices and Bioengineering
Start Term
2007-2
End Term
2007-3
Faculty Guide
Dr. DeBartolo (ME)
Faculty Consultant
consultant name here (consultant dept here)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
none
Primary Customers
Laurie Kennedy, Regional Director
Julie Bell, Program Specialist
Robin Mitchell, Associate Director of Program
Customer contact information
Special Olympics New York (Genesee Region)
lkennedy@nyso.org, 586-7400 x102
1 Grove St., Suite 216
Pittsford, NY 14534

Team Documents

Project Background

A number of coaches and athletes in the Genesee Region of Special Olympics New York are interested in adding bocce to the selection of sports in which athletes compete. In order to compete, athletes must be able to throw out the pallina, and then roll the bocce balls onto the court. The current barrier to participation is that many athletes lack the strength and/or mobility to be able to throw or roll the balls used for bocce. The customer envisions a product that will be adaptable for athletes with a wide variety of sizes and abilities and usable on a variety of different bocce courts. The ideal device will provide assistance without removing elements of skill from the game that come with selective ball placement. Athletes will still be required to train for aim and proper launch speed/force. The device will make the game of bocce accessible to athletes participating in the Special Olympics, as well as casual participants.

Problem Statement

The fundamental problem for this project to solve, is to design a safe system that can be used by individuals with a wide variety of disabilities and be easily transferred from one athlete to the next and portability.

Objectives/Scope

1) Create a device that can be used for training local athletes to compete in Special Olympics bocce. 2) Create a device to make the game of bocce accessible to a wide range of participants. 3) Create an adapted bocce device that can easily be duplicated.



Senior Design II (Final Documents)

Detailed List of Prototype Cost

Copy of BOM SENIOR DESIGN-FINALIZED

P08004 Poster

Final Poster

Final Paper & 2 Page Project Summary

ConferencePaper

NSF_project_P08004_2-page_summary

Assembly Manual

How To Assemble the Device

Assembly Drawing and Custom Parts

Final Assembly Drawing

15 degree swivel stops

handle bar plate assembly

hindge mount

Base Plate

wheel mounts

Prototype Test Results

Copy of sensitivity and accuracy analysis

Test Results Specs Met


Senior Design I Documents

Presentations & Customer Documents

Adaptable Bocce Ball Launcher Presentation

Adaptable Bocce Ball Launcher Mid-Project Review 2

Customer Needs

Customer Specs with targets

Meeting Customer Needs

Drawings & Bill of Materials

P8004 RAMP ASSEMBLY DRAWING

P8004-1 BASE

P08004-2 COVER

P08004-3 RAMP

P08004-4 LEGS

P08004-5 HANDLE BARS

P08004-6 CALIPER MOUNT

P8004-7 BASE TO SWIVEL

P8004-8 SWIVEL TO PLATE


Bill of Materials_2.21.08


Off The Shelf Parts

1544T300-Turn Table

1803A330- Hinge

8871T34-Damper mount

Brake Parts and Wheels

90128A247- 1/4-20 socket head cap screws

90272A153- 6-32 screws

90272A194- 8-32 screws

90272A247- 10-24 screws

90273A296-12-24 screws

90675A007- 6-32 nuts

90675A009- 8-32 nuts

90675A011- 10-24 nuts

90675A029- 1/4-20 nuts


Other P08004 Documents


1-Page Project Summary

calculations

collision calculations

notes from detailed design review_2.15.08

Sensitivity analysis

SDII 11 Week Plan

Organizational Chart

Customer Design Review

concept 2

Advantages vs. Disadvantages

Customer Design Review

Pugh Diagrams

Risk_Assessments_and_Mitigation

Plan_to_meet_customer_needs

Design Concept Review with Customer

System Level Design

System Architecture


Core Team Members


Angela Marcuccilli-ME; Brad Johnson-ME; Bryan Fleury-ME; David Ferguson-ISE; Yash Singh-ME;


Strategy & Approach


Assumptions & Constraints

1. The team will design the device to work on bocce courts currently used by athletes in the Rochester area; accounting for differences in the courts, especially on hard, smooth, flat surfaces

2. Government and/or Special Olympics regulations

Issues & Risks

1. Skill aspect of the game will be lost with over design. 2. Devices will be too complicated for athletes to use/ learn. 3. Not all of the Athletes disabilities will be covered with one set of devices. 4. Devices will not be accepted or used. 5. Device does not have reproducibility/repeatability.

Planning

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Customer Constraints

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

Published Documents

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Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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