For this weeks group meeting it was time to show my ideation stages and how I have used my research to devise my own concepts! This is a list of some of my favourite ideas that went to the the modeling stage:
This simple idea comes from not being able to open Jars. As you can see, the white section on the top would be placed on a jar, where the blue holders will grip the jar. Rotating the jar from the lid will open the jar and mean that no force will be needed from the user to access the contents of the jar.
I am aware that their is already a product that can do this on the market, however this product is quite large and I would like to research if it is possible to reduce the size and give it another function other that just to open jars!
The black marks on the inside of my concept are their to remove the seals from milk bottles and the like. Below is an example of this:
(Enercon Industries Ltd, Braineet)
As you can see by the comedic image on the right, this is something that even able bodied people find frustrating and maybe my device will be able to open the jar or bottle and remove the seal, which with remove any of these things being an issue!
Extending jar opener
So here we have another device for opening jars, however this still requires the user to apply force to it, but less force. The contact point between jar lid and opener would be made from non slip material which will dramatically decrease the amount of force needed to take of the lid.
Then for those who struggle with rotating their wrists, the adapter can be attached to the end of the handle to provide leverage on the device. The removes the amount of rotation needed on the wrist, thus helping the less able to open the jar:
Below is a quick model of a little, dual tracked robot. This robots purpose is to move around a work surface, whether that be a desk or kitchen top, or on the floor and move small objects around so that the user does not need to. This will reduce the amount of mobility that the user has to do around the house and may provide some much needed pain relief on leg and foot joints by not needing to walk around as much.
The talking tablet box
Never forget to take your tablets again!
The idea here is that people with arthritis have to take lots of medication during their week. The basic design of this tablet box already exists; however these concept will have a small computer built into the base with the concept on the right having a sensor. The purpose of the computer is to keep track of the days of the week and with a small inbuilt speaker the device will be remind the user (at the time of the day necessary) to take their medication. Then depending on which day it is, the sensor will detect when the is ready to open the box and will open the box on the correct day.
The slanted design on the left is there for ease of use. The computer will remind the user, the sensor would open the box and the slanted design will aid the user from having to complete rotate the box to remove the medication from the box.
The automated chair / bed / bath
This concept may remove the need to walk around the house entirely!
The idea here comes from the comments that people with arthritis find it difficulty to get out of bed, off the sofa or go for a bath. This 3 sectioned design with use an automatic, hydraulic system to stand the person up, sit the down, lie them down and with developments this could contain some sort of system that allows them to go up and down stairs easily.
£239.20 (Recliner, 2017) £5994.00 (Alpine HC, 2017)
These designs are already used in the market, the one on the left is a reclining sofa that can lift the legs of the user and recline them to a comfortable position. The products on the right is an entire bed that can go from lying completely flat to sat-up positions.
These designs are great at what they do, but come with quite a price tag as shown above. What if my design could incorporate these ideas at a much more affordable price with more functions built into it?
The concept here uses magnets to help the user pick up new devices in their house.
As you can see, the top images show the user inserting the handle onto a mock up, compatible jug. The 3rd image shows the jug being lifted up by the user, using the handle.
From this final concept I thought:
Why not just get rid or grip?
So below is the same mocked up jug, but only using the palm of the hand to lift the jug.
Of course the issues here are, what if boiling water was in the jug, wont that burn the hands of the user?
So then use non heat inducting materials with a non slip surface that will allow for the best use of the jug with better grip for the user and higher functionality!
From this ideation, I aim to develop these models. This will help me decided which of these ideas is worth perusing and what else i could add to these designs to make them the best versions possible.