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  • The problem we decided to tackle was that little Saeed could not use the the laser cutter on his own -- he required John's help. Ideas flowed as we empathized with his condition, and we used a wheelchair to see how difficult it is to lift the cutter top and focus the laser. We created a a staff with three tools that can lift the top, focus the laser, close the top. We went throught multiple iterations and eventually finished with a fully laser cut wooden staff. Our ultimate goal is to allow disabled individuals to make more effective use of maker spaces to create what their dreams hold.

  • The purpose of the Screw Box Reacher is to help anyone who comes to Nuvu and is handicapped. Our device will help them reach different screws at difficult heights without spilling the entire screw box. This circuited reacher grabs onto the screw box with a front clamp and then as somone pulls it out a motorized wheel places a track to stabilize the box so it wont spill.

  • 1. Design Problem and Solution:

    Problem: At Nuvu space is very limited and certain spaces are not accessible for those with disabilities. An example of this are shelves in the shop that are really high up.

    Solution: The Screw Box Reacher makes it easier for someone in a wheelchair to reach up and pull screw boxes towards them.

    Detailed solution: The selfie sticks makes reaching screw boxes easier, the track on the stick slides under the box and the motor moves the track back and forth to bring the box towards the person.

    2. Further Elaboration:

    Main Story: Our project solves the problem of screw boxes being too high in the woodshop because the reacher can grab different types of of screw boxes and bring them down safely.

    Mechanics: The mechanics behind our project is the first clamp on front of the grabber. This part grabbed onto the screw box with a tight grip. Then when you push the selfie stick button a motorized wheel spinned and  places a track underneath the box when you pull it out so that the box will not fall. The motor is circuited through a selfie stick and spins a wheel that slides the track underneath the box. In order for this to work you have to pull the box and then press the button.

    Development: We progressed with our project through many different iterations. We first made this out of cardboard and moved through different wood iterations and experimenting with the idea of a track to stabilize the screw box.

    Challenges: Some of the challenges we faced included how to stabilize the screw box, how the track would fit, how the track would move, and how the reacher would grab onto the box. Other challenges we faced was using Rhino because this was our first studio. Also, we had a hard time creating the track and making sure the motor would work.

    Iteration 1:The first iteration was an idea that we came up with to grip the screw box without it falling and spilling the tools. The feedback we received from this iteration was to make the mount more sturdy and having it also push in the tool box. We used this feedback by using a spring that the box can hook on to, after unhooking the box the front of the mount will push the box back in.


    Iteration 2: As we made changes to our first iteration we decided to have the track move which would make bringing  the tool box to the person easier and move safer. We used a portable motor that was hooked up by two wires, red and black.The wires were connected together on one side then connected to a battery. On the side of the motor was a wheel that would eventually move the track under the tool box for stability and easy access.We also decided to use a clicker to control the track with the push of the button and it also saves energy from the battery.

    Iteration 3: When we started to create our third iteration, we received feedback about all of the wires being exposed and the clicker and battery being taped to the stick. We then decided to 3D print a battery pack and a clicker ring that would slide onto the stick.The selfie stick was opened up and the wires were placed inside.


  • Observation: Feedback I recieved from my coaches are that I needed to think of a way for the track to mount to the pole. Also, the wheel was being placed in the wrong position and not going on the track. In addition, the track was not the correct size of the space holder, it was too big or too small and I needed to find a way to fit it correctly without using another piece of thin wood.

    Synthesis: I synthesized these ideas making a double track that allows the wheel to spin in place. I synthesized the mount problem by making a piece of wood that is screwed into the mount and can hold the stabilizers while the track is in the air. Lastly, I sanded a piece of wood down that allowed the track to fit in the stabilizer.

    Decide: I made the first descion of the double track because it was an easy fix to make a double track. the descion of the of the mount made it that I didnt have to glue and this provided a steady structure. For the track fitting, this peice of sanded wood made it that I didnt have to make a new track and it was easily fixed. My future descions are to make this out of metal and to make a better system for the motor to operate.

    Make: Like I said, today I pieced everything together. I put together the mount to the track, make the track fit, and the made the wheel spin with the track moving. My partner also put together the circuit of the motor and stick but also she 3D printed the mount and the battery holder

  • Observe:The feedback I got today was to create something for the battery and eliminate wires. Also to start on the presentation.

    Synthesize:I created a battery holder that will be attached to the ring and the holder of the selfie stick. Also the wires will be put into the selfie stick.

    Decide: I have to recreate the Battery holder because it didnt come at as I pictured.

    Make:Today I made a battery holder and a mount for the top of the selfie stick.


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  • The wheelchair canopy protects anyone that needs a wheelchair from rain, snow, and other elements. It folds back to stay out of the way when not in use. It has a ratchet mechanism that allows the user to position it however far up or down they need, and its modular design allows it to be quickly attached to any standard wheelchair.

    When we spoke to a person who uses a wheelchair, one of the issues we heard about was weather, and how to avoid it. Since two hands are needed for full control of a wheelchair, holding an umbrella is very inconvenient. Our project frees both hands without increasing the width profile of the wheelchair, so it can still fit in an urban environment. The project would enable any wheelchair user to get through the weather without inconveniencing them or complicating their movement.

  • For our project, we decided to try and ease the life for people in wheel chairs by making a modular rail system for wheelchairs. The rail system was designed to be open source and as a standard so many different people with different needs and wheelchairs can use this system. We made 2 great attachments but many more could be made. Ours comes with phone/tablet stand so that they could read a book or watch a movie without having to hold their phone or tablet while doing so. This would also enable them to eat or drink or propel themselves around while listening to music, FaceTiming with someone, or just to have easy access to their phone throughout day to day life. The problem we were trying to solve was the lack of an easy attachment system for gadgets to improve their lives, along with the problem of having to keep ones phone in their lap while propelling themselves which could lead it to fall on the floor and break or to get lost. This is important because we realized on the first day of the studio that despite the huge demand for wheelchair gadgets, there are few inexpensive simple luxuries that most people in wheelchairs might find very useful and would improve their lives greatly.