Compact Dressing Station
Our project aims to develop a device that allows patients with physical disabilities to put on and take off various articles of clothing with their available range of motions.
Tell us about your team.
What are you looking forward to most as a team this year?
Emma: I’m looking forward to working with my team to solve a problem that I’ve familiarizing myself with the design process and
From a team lead perspective
Yasmine: I’m looking forward to getting a more solid foundation in the design process through a project that is much different than past projects I’ve been on. Since I recently switched majors, I’m also looking forward to moving forward with a slightly different academic viewpoint.
Grace: I’m excited to design a device that could potentially impact a lot more people and make some lasting friendships in the process
Andy: I am most looking forward to working on a brand new design project and applying my skills and experiences to solve a problem.
What is a challenge you expect to overcome this semester?
Yasmine: I hope to be able to manage juggling 2 big group projects this semester and keep on track with both
Grace: Balancing school life and extracurricular life as a new student!
Andy: I hope to work well with a new group of people.
What are the biggest key insights you’ve gained for your project?
Yes, we interviewed a physical therapist in the Houston medical center called Sarah Snyder! We learned from Sarah that the most common body motion issues for independent dressing include the inability to reach one’s back to grab the other side of his T-shirts/sweaters and lift up one’s bottom when pulling up pants.
What is your new HCW statement?
How can we make the daily task of dressing as normal as possible for arthrogryposis patients in hospital and home settings?
What are your hopes for your project?
We want to make sure that everyone understands the design process and contributes insights to the final prototype that helps teenagers get dressed more easily!
- Reduce the gap in the time it takes for a child with arthrogryposis to get dressed and the time it takes for a child without arthrogryposis to get dressed
- A child between the age of 12 and 18 can get dressed independently without the aid of a third party
- Adjustability (long term)
- The product is generic enough that it can be minimally adjusted to apply to a wider audience
Measures of Success
- Childen/teenagers are able to dress themselves independently
- Childen/teenagers are able to reduce the time needed to dress themselves
- Childen/teenagers are able to learn to use the device with little and short instruction
- Children/teenagers are able to move around the device with normal capabilities (backpack, car, etc)
- Children/teenagers report feeling more independent in their daily dressing habits
Build / Test
What did you initially build / test? What does your prototype look like and how will you improve on it?
We initially built our rigid frame prototype by using a v-belt and making it rigid with sticks attached to the front side of the belt. And we attached elastic bands on both sides of the belt. After arthrogryposis simulation, we decided to improve on our design by using longer elastic bands, shorter sticks connected with medical tubes (more adjustable), and adding clips for pants.
What do you plan on doing in the upcoming week?
Get longer bands and medical tubes to make a refined prototype. We are also conducting a user interview with a 7-year-old patient from the Shriner’s and reaching out to Sarah for further advice and suggestions.