Team Vision for Problem Definition PhaseThe Problem Definition Phase allows us as a group to come together to learn about each other and our project. We must not look into the design aspect of our product, but what our problem statement is, what our customer wants, and as engineers what our own requirements become.
Within the first 3 weeks of fall semester, our team will meet twice per week to work through our:
- Problem definition
- A stakeholder list
- Customer questions
- Customer interview using said questions
- Customer requirements
- Engineering requirements
Starting the second week, we as a group will come together and plan out the best course of action for the remaining 13 weeks of MSD I. We will choose a project manager as well as the roles held by all other members of this 6 person group.
Once all areas of concern listed above are completed, we will revise all work to return the most concise and accurate Problem Definition Phase for the public. This will allow all those who do not have time invested into the team and project the chance to understand the goals we are striving for and how important P17012 can be for those with knee joint concerns.
All work completed will go under review Thursday, September 8th, 2016 and the Problem Definition Phase will come to a close.
Project SummaryCurrent knee braces work to stabilize the knee. Depending on how vulnerable the knee is, there are different levels of braces from compression sleeves to bulky velcro strapped braces with solid metal framing. When walking down terrain such as a mountain for hiking, knee braces readily available to the public will not absorb shock well. One brace with this capability was designed by Spring Loaded Technology, however it is both expensive and the patient must go through multiple fittings by an Orthotist to create a proper brace on an individual basis.
The goal of this project is to create an inexpensive knee brace that absorbs shock of the patient’s motion. The brace should not cost more than $100 and be comfortable enough for a patient to wear without pain after extended periods of time. The design/prototype must not limit movement to the patient and should be flexible in terms of wearing over or under clothing. If possible, data logging will be added to smartphone device app stores concerning health metrics.
Project Goals and Key DeliverablesThe customer expects a fully functional knee brace with several stretch goals related to "smart" hardware add-ons for data analysis.
- Delivery before ImagineRIT
- Customer acceptance before end of MSD II
- Functional Knee Brace
- Add-on "smart" electronics
Customer Requirements (Needs)A preliminary interview was conducted with the customer in order to discover the customer requirements.
The customer interview notes were revised and compiled into a more readable format below.
Finally, the interview was reviewed so that customer requirements could be derived.
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
- Users vary physiologically
- Environment variability during use
House of Quality
Design Review MaterialsProblem Defintion Review Presentation
Plans for next phaseProject Schedule
Individual Three Week Plans