P17047: The Overcomer - Upper Extremity


Project Summary Project Information

How might we ensure that users with physical challenges will be able to independently incorporate themselves into physical activities without feeling an active limitation?

Design, prototype, test, and spec a device that attaches to at least 75% of wheelchairs, walkers, and standers, which will provide its users with the ability to strike, throw, and catch; actions that they would otherwise be unable to perform on their own.

The OvercomerTM is a form of assistive technology that allows the physically challenged to engage in physical and social activities from their stander, walker, or wheelchair. It should allow the users to interact, socialize, and enjoy activities that they would typically be unable to participate in. Currently there are no universal assistive technologies available that allow physically challenged individuals to participate in recreational activities. A prototype has been developed for lower extremity functions which has a base attachment as well as a hockey stick, catching net, soccer ball guide, and bowling attachment. The prototype attachments have limited functions and are not in a manufacturable state. Currently, there is no prototype for any upper extremity attachments.

The goal of this project is to design and develop the upper extremity portion of The Overcomer which allows its user to participate in a variety of physical activities ranging from gym class activities to physical therapy exercises. The Overcomer must be affordable, durable, easy to transport, user friendly, and compatible with most mobility aids. The end result is a highly functional prototype to be manufactured and marketed.

The Overcomer must not impinge on any other patents and it must meet all standards and regulations for attachment to Class I medical devices. The product should not interfere with the functions of mobility aids and should cost between $500 and $1200 for purchase.

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Joe Kabes uses a bowling ramp attachment on The Overcomer with his student

Joe Kabes uses a bowling ramp attachment on The Overcomer with his student

Project Name The Overcomer: Upper Extremity

Project Number P17047

Project Family

Start Term 2161

End Term 2165

Faculty Guide Gerald Garavuso, gxgddm@rit.edu

Primary Customer Joe Kabes, JKabes@inclusivity-fitness.com

Sponsor AutoDesk

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Team Members

Left to Right: Emma Sarles, Jamie Moore, Hannah Folby, Robert Henry, Elizabeth Nicolas, Amy Hughes

Left to Right: Emma Sarles, Jamie Moore, Hannah Folby, Robert Henry, Elizabeth Nicolas, Amy Hughes

Member Department Role Contact
Hannah Folby Mechanical Engineering Lead Engineer hlf9470@rit.edu
Amy Hughes Biomedical Engineering Purchasing Agent ach9479@rit.edu
Robert Henry Industrial Engineering Project Manager rjh2680@rit.edu
Elizabeth Nicolas Biomedical Engineering Contact Liason ejn9104@rit.edu
Jamie Moore Industrial Design Designer jsm3843@rit.edu
Emma Sarles Industrial Design Visual Planner ses9066@rit.edu

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Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

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