|Project Summary||Project Information|
Currently, there is a limited number of accessible machine options that have the ability to strengthen primary standing/balance muscles surrounding the hips, front of pelvis, inside/outside of the upper thighs, and glutes for individuals with balance impairments, such as Cerebral Palsy, other disabilities, injuries, or elderly people.
In general, standard exercise equipment does not ensure stability and safety for these individuals. The machine either lacks a surface for the user can grip to keep balance, or the user needs to step up or lift themselves into the arm rests which is difficult for balance impaired individuals.
Industrial Design students started this project with the Studio 9.30 program this past summer. They have defined the problem statement and the general project scope, in addition to designing and building a prototype for the balance machine. The physical prototype is primarily for proportional reasons at this time, as the design has gone through various iterations for improvement. There is an updated CAD model of the team’s final design. This model is fairly developed; however it still has a lot of mechanical and electrical developments, in addition to a large amount of potential for improvement.
This MSD project would aim to develop and build an accessible exercise machine that will help strengthen muscles and improve range of motion while allowing the user to feel secure. The machine is intended to be set up anywhere with enough space for it to be used properly, such as in a gym, a physical therapist's office, or a home gym. Ideally, this machine should adjust and accommodate for any individual’s needs so he or she may have a positive experience.
Work Breakdown: By Phase
|MSD I & II||MSD I||MSD II|
Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)
Work Breakdown: By Topic
|Project Management||Design Tools||Design Documentation||Implementation||Validation||Presentation & Dissemination|
Communication & Minutes
Pugh Concept Selection
Design Review Documents
Imagine RIT Exhibit
- RIT Studio 9.30
- Rochester Accessible Adventures
- RIT Student Life Center