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  • Ben Ferguson
    An assistive device made to help older adults or others who have trouble standing get up more easily.

    The Stand Assist provides support and independence for all people. It was created to help older people with weaker muscles who have a hard time standing and and help them feel more empowered. This will also allow older adults to do more activities by themselves. The device consists of an exoskeleton knee brace, gears, and a motor that when activated by a switch fully extends the brace to push the user from a sitting position to standing. Also when pressure is released off the thigh area it will activate the brace to work. Although a motor is being used there is no need to worry. The motor is very quiet and is small. The Stand Assist was inspired by a woman named Persilla. She has arthritis and walks with a walker. She has to use a lot of momentum to get up from her chair and bed and this assistive tool is designed to give her an extra push so she does not have to work as hard and risk hurting herself. She really likes things that look nice so this affected the design to make the device look sleek and pretty.

    Jakob Sperry

    An assistive device to bring more independence to the elderly by helping them stand up from a sitting position with more ease and comfort.

    Stand Assist intends to bring more independence, empowerment, and efficiency to elderly people who have a hard time doing things quickly and autonomously. Designed specifically with Prisilla in mind, this assistive device helps the user stand from a sitting position with more ease and comfort. Respecting Prisilla's strong personality and valuing of her appearance, this device is unobtrusive and attractive, with a sleek, prettily etched wooden frame, and is easily put on and taken off so it does not have to be worn when not in use. Before sitting down, Prisilla will attach the device to her legs. Then, when she wants to stand, she can begin her normal routine of rocking back and forth to build momentum. When she first attempts to stand, the Stand Assist will detect the effort with pressure sensors and kick in. The added torque of the motor will supplement her muscles and help her get up more efficiently. 

    Maddie Johnson-Harwitz

    An assistive device to bring more independence to the elderly by helping them stand up from a sitting position with more ease and comfort.

    Modern society does not do enough to assist the elderly and care for their mental health, and much of the elderly population struggles with feelings of helplessness.The Stand Assist is designed to combat these issues and enable the elderly to feel empowered and independent.The Stand Assist was designed for a client named Prisilla, who was severely weakened by a coma that she was in for seven months. She also suffers from arthritis in both her hands. Due to her weakened muscles, she has extreme difficulty getting up from a chair.It can take her ten tries to fully stand up, by throwing her body forward and catching herself on her walker. The design of the device is minimalist and pretty to appeal to Prisilla, who is very proper and likes things to look nice, and reluctant at first to use an assistive device.

    Although it was designed with Prisilla in mind, the Stand Assist is an assistive device that can empower many elderly people who struggle getting up. The Stand Assist fits as a knee brace, with a motor that, when activated by a pressure sensor, straightens the brace until it is fully extended and push the user from a sitting position to a standing position. The Stand Assist is designed for elderly people with weaker muscles who have a hard time getting up, leaving them feeling helpless and dependent on others; with the aid of the Stand Assist, they can stand up on their own.