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.
The primary challenges of this project are:
- Designing a system that can be used by individuals with a wide variety of disabilities
- Designing a system that is portable and easily transferred from one athlete to the next
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- Project Name
- Adaptable Bocce Ball Launcher
- Project Number
- Project Family
- Assistive Devices
- Assistive Devices and Bioengineering
- Start Term
- End Term
- Faculty Guide
- Dr. DeBartolo (ME)
- Faculty Consultant
- consultant name here (consultant dept here)
- Graduate Teaching Assistant
- 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)
- firstname.lastname@example.org, 586-7400 x102
- 1 Grove St., Suite 216
- Pittsford, NY 14534
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.
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.
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 CostCopy of BOM SENIOR DESIGN-FINALIZED
Final Paper & 2 Page Project Summary
Assembly Drawing and Custom Parts
Prototype Test ResultsCopy of sensitivity and accuracy analysis
Senior Design I Documents
Presentations & Customer DocumentsAdaptable Bocce Ball Launcher Mid-Project Review 2
Drawings & Bill of MaterialsP8004 RAMP ASSEMBLY DRAWING
Off The Shelf Parts1544T300-Turn Table
Other P08004 Documents
System Level Design
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.
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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)