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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase
- In this phase, our team planned on completing all of the assigned deliverables within the problem definition in addition to conducting initial interviews and evaluate the existing prototype and project progress.
- Our team was able to establish team dynamics and team roles, as well as assigning tasks within the group for the remainder of the project.
- We conducted initial interviews with Joe Kabes as well as identifying potential community partners and stakeholders for future interviews and input on the project.
Physical disabilities prevent people of all ages and backgrounds from having the opportunity to be involved in many physical activities. Being physically active can help young children develop strong interpersonal and interaction skills as well as allow all ages to improve stamina and muscle strength while promoting general feelings of well-being.
In order to provide a solution Joe Kabes, founder of Inclusivity Incorporated, has developed and tested an initial prototype of the The Overcomer: Lower Extremity (OLE). The OLE is an assistive technology to allow children or adults who are confined to wheelchairs and walkers to participate in typical recreational activities such as soccer, hockey, golf and several more.
The goal of this project and partnership with RIT is to continue improving the current design as well as move the project from prototype to manufacturing. In addition, there is a parallel project to develop The Overcomer: Upper Extremity to increase the functionality of the device.
|Monroe Wheelchair||Project Advisement|
|Al Sigl Center||Project Testing Site|
|Union Medial Pharmacy||Testing Device Supplier|
Our project has no direct comparison within the target market and we therefore decided to instead benchmark a number of devices that serve a similar purpose to provide physical activity to either physically handicapped or rehabilitation patients.
|Monark Rehab 871E||PowerFit 3000||Resistance Gym 200||"Power Soccer" Guard|
|Cost (USD)||1450||1680||350||330 + Brackets|
|Mounts to Wheelchair||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mechanical Assistance to User||No||No||No||No|
|Monark||PowerFit||Resistance Gym||Power Soccer|
Please note we have no affiliation with any of the above devices and all devices are property of their respective owners.
Project Goals and Key Deliverables
- Working prototype made out of stock and/or locally manufactured parts.
- Detailed documentation of design.
- Test data to support safety and customer requirements.
- C1 - Cost - Must be between 500-1000 USD to be affordable.
- U3 - Installation - Must be installed in 1-3 minutes.
- S2 - Weight - Must be transportable with each component at 8-12 lbs.
- S5 - Manufacturable - Design must use as few "custom" parts as possible.
House of Quality
Design Review Materials
Plans and Schedule for Phase II
- Due to the nature of our project and it's involvement with children, we will begin submitting documentation to interview customers to the Institutional Review Board(IRB). The Board can take several weeks to approve project research plans.
- Develop email scripts, Interview Questions and sensitive information handling plans in support of IRB review.