Binocular Holder (Bonnie)
“I’m really excited about my project to create some type of device that will enable me to independently hold & operate a pair of binoculars and my hope is that we can create something that is universally designed and would work for other disabled people that have limited use of their arms and hands. I’m starting a bird-watching program at work and this type of assistive technology will help us serve more people. To get a sense of a possible design that can be used as a place to start from I found this online, https://sites.duke.edu/atdesign/2012/10/01/birdie-buddy-wheelchair-mounted-camera-and-binoculars/ I’d also like to have an auto focus capability so having people with mechanical and electric engineering experience might be useful.”
Gait Walker (Susala Kisber)
“Working on this project could be a great opportunity for enabletech students to get exposure and be involved with a project that has been in progress at enabletech for a couple of years. The end product could very well become a mobility device that becomes covered by insurance and in turn becomes a valuable resource for many people.
Currently the walkers and gait trainers sold and covered by insurance are not designed with input from people who use them and do not meet many needs of users. This device will have components that can improve a user’s gait, stamina and endurance while decreasing social barriers that impede interactions with others and access to opening doors and navigating activities like shopping. It will have features that have never before been available in the US market with some not available anywhere. The design is also unique in its ability to be more easily transportable than other devices on the market anywhere.
The project evolved out of my need for a better device and work done with enabletech and Stanford’s Design the Future. People often stop me on the street wanting to know more about the device and wishing something like it was available in the US. They are excited to hear that there are plans underway to create one that will be hopefully covered by medicare.
I’d love to work with the enabletech students to get a provisional patent application filed, have enough of a prototype and design created to have it for my use and to approach companies who already make rollators and gait trainers about buying the design so they can produce it and make it available widely. Of course, I’d like the students to be credited as co-inventors and to profit from any sales made.”
Edge Sensing (Daniel and Stanford Stickney)
“We would be delighted and honored to continue working on our edge detection wheelchair. It has been a privilege working with such amazing souls. Sneh you’re a slice of heaven, Riddhi you too my friend! Our current team under Drew Miller is excellent. Nothing but kudos to Drew Miller, Jamie Walton, Jacob Bryan, Kaleo Leonhardt. They all have been rock stars. Improving Daniel’s quality of life and others through very unique and challenging times.”