Joints And PAth Stabilizer

Joints And PAth Stabilizer

Tony Whelan and Ignacio Heusser
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In this presentation, there are two devices that were once one project. The projects are Joint and Path Stabilizer. 


Joint brings an understanding of one's movement and alters joint movement. Joint exists to experiment with movements that humans would not otherwise utilize. This project makes the user compensate for lost movements thus creating new movements. Joint makes us question the way we move and why we move, is it the fastest way of moving? Is it the most comfortable? Are these disadvantages helpful in any way? The project can be used by anyone to gain a better understanding of how they move. There are two pieces of wood on either side of the user's knees. The user's legs go through the two openings on the pieces. The user then loses movement in their legs, they cant move them more than a few inches. The pieces can rotate out to free up movement. There are two pieces of wood around the leg with the shape of a U with a hole for your legs. The two pieces are connected by wood strips. There is nothing like this project currently.

Path stabilizer is a wooden device with spikes that attach to the user's legs to show how hard is to move around when habitual motions are restricted. The goal is to express the difficulty some people experience walking, an integral part of most people's lives that many take for granted. The hope is that using it would make builders and engineers think more carefully about how they design walkways, to make them more comfortable for people with disabilities. A wood structure attached to the user's legs with rubber strings, it contains spikes that poke the legs painfully unless the user uses a strategy to walk through its uneven sidewalk. Some ways are to balance yourself to one side while the opposite footsteps on a flat service where there is no uneven surface or cracks in your path. Walking with precision and trying to not get spiked. This might sound dangerous or torturous, but it symbolizes the reality of the discomfort and difficulty more than 40 million Americans face when walking.