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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. 

  • Alec brief: 


    fundatiOS: an operating system that evolves and becomes incrementally more and more complicated as it’s its user learns how to effectively interact with it. fundatiOS is designed to empower older adults to enjoy the benefits of technology.

    foundatiOS is written in processing and is hosted on a website that is accessible anywhere and via any device with internet capabilities. foundatiOS will start as a intuitive, easy to learn, sketch application and gradually become more complicated by introducing more UI elements, more applications and more functionality until it becomes a full fledged, Windows like operating system.

    Older adults are struggling to keep up with the current generation technologically. This has several consequences: it deprives them of the benefits of technology in terms of social connection, information gathering, and it leads the younger generation to underestimate the competence of older adults creating a stigma around the idea of aging.  fundatiOS helps seniors that who want to enjoy the benefits of technology but do not understand how to use it.

    foundatiOS will empower seniors and give them the power to rely on themselves technologically. Studies have shown that empowered adults are live almost twice as long as their disempowered counterparts.

    Sina Breif:

    Technology is everywhere and provides significant utility that can help empower and solve people's problems, but a large portion of the world still lacks technological fluency. ezOS empowers the elderly to use a resource they couldn't before. It gives them the ability to communicate with friends or relatives and to find answers to questions or problems they have. If they struggle to write with pencil and paper, they can access a wide variety of peripheral devices to write with on the computer, or they can use a dictation software. A computer can reveal solutions they were unaware of.

    Sadly, most older adults can't use computers efficiently because they aren't given the proper resources and don't have the same foundation as younger generations to understand how computers' systems and interfaces work. Most of the time technology for older adults is dumbed down to make it difficult for them to mess up, but they are still thrown into a complex system that often leads to frustration and failure. Instead, this mock operating system develops an understanding of the UI and systems from the basics. It introduces new concepts that always build upon old ones and eventually develops to give them the complexity of other systems they will encounter. At the start, it's very bare-bones, but as the user develops a better understanding of the UI and features they evolve basing every new element on the foundations from previous elements. 


     

  • Julian Kennedy

    ElectroMotion is a removable arm workout device that empowers older adults when using other electrical devices. It uses motors to generate electricity when the user does exercises similar to TheraBand workouts.


    Many older adults are made to feel dependent and disenfranchised within society due to their need for electronic devices such as motorized wheelchairs and other medical devices. In addition, older adults' dependencies turn them into pariahs within society. Although some older adults do need to fully rely on their devices, many are very fully abled in particular ways. In fact, the majority of residents spoken with at the Mount Pleasant Home expressed their enjoyment with arm workouts such as TheraBand exercises. The ElectroMotion is a device that empowers the older adult population to generate their own electricity through arm exercises. In turn, it enables them to change the perception within society that they aren't independent.

    The user of ElectroMotion will be able to bring the device with them and attach it to their arm at any time to exercise. The exercises that they do will turn a motor and generate electricity which will be stored. Whenever they want, they can plug their ElectroMotion into another device and use the electricity. The device is designed so that the user has control over what they use their electricity for: they could use it for a medical device, or just simply for some form of entertainment. The electricity is stored within two 5V capacitors which are charged by a bidirectional motor. The arm attachment is sleek and subtle which varies from other electronic workout devices which are bulky, non-discreet, and not portable. ElectroMotion will make older adults more independent and empowered within society, and, as a secondary benefit, make them more active. Hopefully, this will improve their roles and standing within society.

  • Please upload your completed Outline by Tuesday 10/23 morning

    Outline feedback to be posted by writing coach Wednesday morning


    The Brief - Part 1 - Outline

    As part of your portfolio for each studio, you will be asked to write a Brief for your project. The Brief is a written piece that will accompany your presentation and is a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What of your project through clear, cogent writing. It tells the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested.

    For students at NuVu Cambridge, to help you develop your writing, Rebecca, the NuVu writing coach, will provide feedback throughout the process. Rebecca is a published writer, a professional editor, and a teacher of writing. Her assistance is invaluable in developing your written communication skills. She will expect hard work and thoughtful writing and respond with thorough feedback on content and style.

    ------Copy & Paste this section below into a new post and answer ALL of the questions completely ---- 

    The Brief Part 1 - Outline

    Answer the following questions in full, complete sentences. Title the post "Brief Outline" and post it in the Writing Tab of your Project. Every student must do this assignment. Cut and paste the assignment below and write your answers below each point. You must respond to ALL items (#4 can be skipped if there is no individual client). Click Shift-Return to start a new line.

    1. Write a A 1-2 sentence project description. This description should not include the name of the project and should be written in the third person. 
      1. What is the "soul" of your project? Describe the idea of the project in conceptual terms. This should paint a conceptual picture in the readers mind. (1 sentences)
      2. What is the "body" of your project? Describe the basic technical or physical construction of the project. This should NOT go into excessive detail, just provide an overview. Describe the project to someone with no technical knowledge in as few words as possible. The reader should be able to envision what the project looks like. ( sentences)

        Examples:
        Night Light Blankie: A child's sensory blanket that provides comfort and privacy in the high stress environment of the hospital using weight, textures, and light. The blanket transforms into a mini light up fort over a child’s head.
        Cocoon: a shroud that explores human spirituality and the concept of life after death through the use of repetitive religious iconography. Composed of over 300 pieces of laser cut balsa wood lined with space tape, the icons are arranged using a mathematical strange attractor.
    2. Why does your project exist? The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – 
      1. What social issue does your project engage? (1 sentence)
      2. Who is your project helping?  (1 sentence)
      3. How does the project change the world? This can be in a simple physical way or in a complex social way. (1 sentence)
      4. What important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise? (1 sentence)
    3. Who is the project for? Who will use it and in what context (1 sentence)
    4.   If you are designing for a specific person, answer the following:
      1. What is the client's name and what is their medical condition, if any? (1 sentence)
      2. How does their condition relate to your project? Include concise and compelling information about the client you are working with, their condition, and how that relates to your project design. (1 sentence)
      3. What is their personality like and how does it inform your design process? (1 sentence)
    5. How does your project work. In non-jargonistic language, answer the following 
      1. What is the basic technology behind your project? (1 sentence)
      2. What is technically innovative about your project? How does it differ from existing technology? (1 sentence)
      3. How does a user physically and mentally interact with the project? (1-2 sentences)
  • Oliver's Brief:

         The Table Walker challenges preconceived notions of walkers as purely medical devices. Walkers have been viewed as solely medical devices in the past, but this project changes that. The Table Walker is an organic-looking statement piece made out of MetaComb and Burlap composite materials with two sets of handles, one on top and one on the side, and some shelves, which are below its signature feature, the table. This hinged table folds down from of the top of the walker and uses locking supports to stay level. This table has an engraved chess board on the top so the user can play chess or checkers to interact with their friends. The Table Walker engages an issue that many older people face, which is that they can feel disconnected from the world around them. Using a walker does not help with this, as it forms a physical and mental barrier between older users and whoever they are talking to. The walker allows the user to initiate conversations since it looks so organic and futuristic. It also folds out to form a table, which lets the elderly user connect with others they invite to sit with them at the table. Our project helps the elderly person using the walker, as it allows them to connect with other people and is designed to not form a mental barrier. This walker will give the user a healthier view on life because of how they will be able to enjoy having a walker, not just as a medical device, but as an enjoyable device. This project raises the question of how people interact with the elderly, and if there is a way we can improve the lives of the elderly, leading to increased social interaction and community.

          The project is being designed for Priscilla, who feels cut off from the world by her walker, and she wants a walker that is functional as well as visually pleasing. Priscilla wants to be able to connect with other people and doesn’t feel like she can, especially with such an impersonal looking walker, like the one she currently has. It alienates her from the others at the retirement home, as none of them have a walker. Our project is a futuristic and organic looking walker with a table that folds out of it by using hinges and an axle. It also uses a folding brace to make sure it remains in the locked position. This also allows the user to eat and drink on the table without spilling anything. It also has another side that can fold out to double to the size of the table. It uses a new type of composite material inspired by MetaComb, which is cardboard stacked and glued together in a very specific way. It uses cardboard, epoxy/resin, and burlap, all laminated, to make the walker strong and light. The user tilts the walker onto its front wheels and rolls it forward a few inches. They then set it down, walk forward, and repeat until they get to where they need to go. They can then pull it up to a chair, pull the table up and push the other half over so it lies flat. This will let the user utilize the walker to its full potential.


    PJ's Brief:

         A stylish walker with a fold-out table designed to help an older adult feel more socially integrated and confident despite her disability. The walker is meant to help Pricilla feel less alienated whenever she is in public, and adding in a functional use. Having a more attractive walker can make her feel much more confident. To execute this PJ and Oliver made a futuristic, curved walker that can be used as a style piece and also features a folding checkers board that can be used for tea and coffee.

         My project exists because elderly people often feel socially excluded because the things they carry with them seem so medical and ugly. It helps Pricilla and any other older adult that might want to use a more stylish walking aide. Having an attractive walker reintroduces the older generations into society in a new light. It raises the question of why did it take so long to accept these people for the disabilities they could not help. Hopefully this will start to trend and will become a standard in society for older adults to be more integrated. Pricilla will use it in her everyday life to get around the assisted living home and also whenever she chooses to enter the world. The patients name is Pricilla and she has trouble standing up. We are making the walker more stable and strong so that she can lean on it to stand up. She is somewhat self-conscious and likes to appear as a stylish person. The project has lots of rounded edges for style and a folding table that breaks in the middle for storage on the walker. It hangs on dowel between the main supports. It can be propped up to use as a tea/coffee table or also a chess board. This is innovative because previously not much medical equipment has had attractive features. By adding this,  I hope this design will help people will become comfortable with illnesses and the cycle of life.

  •  Mila - Older adults are frequently unable to perform tasks they used to enjoy. The Writing Glider is a writing assistive that is designed for older adults that allows the user's arm to write with a constant, fluid motion. The Writing Glider is slipped onto the forearm like a cuff bracelet, lightly applying pressure to the wrist. The device has padding on the inside to keep the wearer's arm comfortable and secure. On the bottom of the device pieces of felt are stacked together to create a smooth gliding motion. This will help wearer move as they write to maintain good control over their hands.

    The Writing Glider focuses on giving older adults the ability to do the task they use to enjoy. Writing can be a form of storytelling, communication with family, or taking notes on new skills and abilities. This can be important for older adults as it keeps them stimulated with enjoyable occupations. The Writing Glider was designed for Alice, who has an auto-immune disease, carpal tunnel, and arthritis. The second client is  Bobby Joe, who suffers from Parkinson's Diseases. Their medical conditions impair their fine motor skills, so that they have difficulty writing, but the Writing Glider restores their ability to write. This device encourages designers to think of ways older adults be integrated into society in a functional and fulfilling way that can bring them enjoyment and is empowering. 

    Lucy - Writing Glider: a writing assistive that helps the user freely move their forearm while writing. The assistive has different attachments to fit the needs of the user and to help the user write on different surfaces.

    The Writing Glider was made to help a woman named Alice take notes in class. Alice loves school and wants to go back but she lost fine motor movement in her fingers making her handwriting uneligible. The Writing Glider enables her to write by moving her forearm. The writing glider consists of four parts: an armrest, a ball caster bottom (for rougher surfaces), a felt bottom for smoother surfaces, and a pencil holder that gives you more control over the pencil.

    To use the user will insert the chosen bottom into the armrest and slip their arm between the strap and the armrest to tighten the strap they will pull the loose end away from their arm. They will insert a number two pencil into the pencil holder and proceed to write.

  • Gandhi once said, "be the change you wish to see in the world." That is basically what I have done. I wanted a tray for my wheelchair, but couldn't find one that worked for me. With the help of NuVu, my new school based in Cambridge Massachusetts, I invented the Universal Arm. When I first started NuVu, I had wanted to build a wheelchair that could fly as well as go under water. My boss told me we needed to start small and then get big. He told me to come with a wish list of all the attachments that I wanted for my wheelchair. The Universal Arm and the Rowing Motion lever were part of that wish list. There were twelve students who worked on the attachments for a period of two weeks. I had three team members who worked with me on the Universal Arm and its attachments.  I continued improving the Arm after they left. I soon realized that I could use the arm, which attached to the arm of my wheelchair, for other purposes. For example, when not using the tray, I can attach a cup holder, a tripod, and a canopy for protecting me from rain to the Universal Arm.

    The other great thing about the Universal Arm is that it allows me to control everything from the front which is a great advantage, specifically for people in wheelchairs. If you are in a wheelchair, you don't have to worry about having something taken from your backpack in crowded places. The Universal Arm is cheap, 3D printable, customizable, and foldable. All the attachments can fit inside one small briefcase.

    It took more than twelve versions to finally come up with the final working version of the Universal Arm. The most frustrating part of the whole process has been the canopy, which is still a work in progress.  When I met President  Obama this past week, I realized that all my hard work on the Universal Arm was worth it. Having met Obama motivates me to do work even harder. Five years ago, back in Afghanistan, it would never have crossed my mind that one day I would be sitting in the White House shaking the hand of the most powerful man in the world. It all made me realize that while there may be many challenges in life, there are also many possibilities within my reach.

    After a year of living in the United States, I set some long term goals for myself. One of my goals is to open a school for street kids back home. Many of these kids are creative kids like myself. Unfortunately, they are born with an AK 47 next to them and grow up brainwashed by the hatred of an enemy and war. I want them to be born next to a 3D printer so they can grow up thinking of inventing something that will change the world in a good way. When I started NuVu this past year, I realized that this is exactly the type of school that I want to open. At NuVu you can be a filmmaker, an engineer, inventor, scientist, fashion designer, or a graphic designer. There are superman brains from MIT and Harvard to help you along the way if you get stuck or need help. NuVu is a universe of opportunities for creative minds.

    Many students at the White House on Monday were scientists. That was the focus of the White House Science Fair. It was a celebration of young scientists. My school will be named after my American Mom, who is not a Muslim, and will focus on innovation and film. When I first told my mom that I will name my school after her she said, "well Sweetie that is very sweet of you, but beside the fact your school would be named after an infidel, the movie industry is also something that many conservative Afghans oppose." That is my over all goal to open their minds and introduce them to the outside world. If I had not come to America, I would never have learned that we are not enemies. This country is made of immigrants from every country and there are millions of Muslims Living here.  To make a long story short, my business plan for my school will follow the plot of the movie, Pay it Forward by Mimi Leder.

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