This project is very close to my heart as it tries to help the elderly people to remain safe and healthy. The project initially was called Walk’Em, but has since switched to a more simple name. It began in January 2017 and is still ongoing.
Problem: As people grow older, their bodies become frail. There are more than 32 million Americans aged 65 and above. The US Center for Disease Control had estimated that over 29 million elderlies had fallen in as recent as 2014, and nearly 7 million of these resulted in injuries.
Goal: Preventing falls among the elderly people and eliminating the stigma attached with the usage of assistive devices, hence promoting safer mobility habits among them.
Tools: Solidworks, Rhinoceros, Rapid prototyping, CNC, Experience Design
Conclusion: The project was a quarter finalist in the NYU Innovention challenge. It also received a prototyping fund of $500. The research was shown in the NYU Tandon Research Expo. It was also showcased during the New York Disability Day Parade 2017 through the Ability Project.
To assess the issues faced by the users, every team member participated in an empathy exercise, where an assistive device was used for a day, and found out the difficulties in using them. The devices chosen were among the elderly people: cane, stationary walker, rollator, rolling walker, and hemi-walker.