Slide 1 - Tulane University - Ne by fjhuangjun


New Orleans,
Design Show
April 8, 2006

Team Design                     First Place Winners -- Feeding Device

              Members: Megan Bevill, Tal Drori, Grey Nuttall, Jordan Sangerman
Team Design                               Feeding Device
The Goal: A spoon support system will assist our client with independent feeding. The client has cerebral palsy
and has difficulty with independent feeding due to muscle spasms and fine motor involvement.

The Product: The design consists of : (a) a Steady Spoon from Sammons Preston Rolyan which keeps level
even in the event of tremor or changes in arm position, (b) parallel two-member architecture drafting lamp with
side table clamp, (c) spiral- spring assembly to allow the spoon to spin from scoop to bite orientation, (d) a
velcro spoon attachment.

Team Design                                  Feeding Device

The design will dampen spastic movements of the hands and
eliminate spills from the utensil. The client will be able to
scoop food and position the spoon for hands-free biting. The
spoon is removable for washing.                                 Product demonstration

Team: Pho Dac Biet To Go!            Second Place Winners --Motorized Easel

           Team Members: Zak Cohen, Nga Le, Mary McCarty, Khanh Nguyen, Beau Swann
Team: Pho Dac Biet To Go!                                      Motorized Easel

The Goal: The client is an accomplished artist who has osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition which results in fragile
bones. Range of motion is severely limited. Mode of transportation is a motorized wheelchair. The team endeavored to
produce an easel which will allow the client to independently move a canvas. Prior to this project, the client painted on a
vertical canvas while lying on the floor or table. Any movement of the canvas or easel had to be done by another person.

                                                                                          The Product: A motorized
                                                                                          easel has separate pulley
                                                                                          systems operated by motors
                                                                                          to provide the vertical and
                                                                                          horizontal movement.
                                                                                          Mounting the easel on wheels
                                                                                          provides the front/backwards
                                                                                          motion. The team plans to
                                                                                          place the entire structure on a
                                                                                          track and use another motor
                                                                                          to operate this movement. A
                                                                                          tilting device similar to those
                                                                                          on computer monitors will
                                                                                          accommodate a rotational
                                                                                          movement. Large clips attach
                                                                                          the canvas to the easel can
                                                                                          easily be adjusted for different
                                                                                          canvas sizes.

Team: Pho Dac Biet To Go!     Motorized Easel

                            Demonstration       7
Team: Krewe BME                  Third Place Winners      –Assisted Drawing Device

 Members: Nate Lawson, Crystal Lumby, Navya Nair, Rachel Redmann, Scott John (not pictured)   8
Team: Krewe BME                                          Assisted Drawing Device

The Goal: Cerebral palsy severely affects a public school student’s creative ability. The client requires the
assistance of an occupational therapist to participate in daily classroom activities. Her most successful
drawings are produced when her hand is guided by an assistant. The goal is to provide an assisted drawing
device allowing more independence.
The Product: A modified pantograph which enlarges or reduces a primary drawing includes the following
modifications: (a) the image transferred onto the user’s paper is half the size of her hand movements, (b) a
cushy ball fits atop an easy grip handle, (c) a guide (rod below the cushy ball) prevents the user from applying
enough force to break the writing utensil, (d) the fabrication of the wood bars in the pantograph provides a
natural resistance to the user’s hand to prevent jerky movements.


Team: Krewe BME                                    Assisted Drawing Device


   The device is designed to be a functional, child-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing product. The
   client is very creative and needs a way to express her ideas on paper.

Team: The Solution                     Emergency Locating System

    Members: Lee Crawford,, HoChi Sit, Olumide Aruwajoye, Nathan Southard (not
    pictured)                                                                    11
Team: The Solution            Emergency Locating System

The Goal: An emergency locating system will solve the
issue of locating people with physical disabilities during a

The Product: Specifications include: a Global
Positioning System receiver, encode, 5-watts radio
transmitter operating at 406.025 MHz, and lithium
battery. The EPIBRS (Emergency Positioning Indicating
Radio Beacon) will be used in the operation of a device
mounted onto the client’s mobility assistive equipment .
The proposed system will allow the clients to call for help
without using cell phones or landline communication.

Emergency preparedness has become a prevalent
issue in the United States because of recent
events involving terrorism and natural disasters.
Hundreds of people lost their lives during Hurricane
Katrina and many are still missing. Many deaths
were secondary to people’s inability to call for help.
If these individuals could have been located, their
lives could have been saved.

Team: The Solution                           Emergency Locating System

                                                          The team plans to start a
                                                          company within the personal
                                                          response industry. This company
                                                          will act as a Mission control
                                                          Center that will filter pertinent
                                                          emergency responders. The
                                                          clients will maintain service
                                                          through a monthly service

        Chart overview of emergency action
Team: Biowomen                              A Chair on Wheels

             Members: Katie Nobes, Lauren Reese, Kate Hamlington, Candice Pridjian
Team: Biowomen            A Chair on Wheels

 The Goal: A preK student with amyoplasia
 congenita suffers from joint stiffness along
 with muscle and nerve degeneration. She
 uses a special chair with casters that fit under
 preschool tables. The team’s goal is to alter
 the device to provide more comfort and

 The Product: The alterations to the chair
 include: Maximum maneuverability allowed
 by caster wheels, an adjustable footrest that is
 unobtrusive for the other students in the class,
 a head pointer for craft-making and other
 class uses, new cushions and upholstery, and
 a storage bag to hold markers and the head
 pointer. The cushion coverings are easily
 removable for washing, and the head pointer
 and footrest are both adjustable.

Team: Biowomen                          A Chair on Wheels

Because the client requires her chair at school,
the team could not make alterations until after
the design show. A mock up of her chair was
built for the prototype review. All the pieces are
easily removable for easy attachment onto the
actual chair.

                                                            Meeting the judges

Undercarriage view of chair base and caster wheels          Close up of footrest
Team: Refugee All-star Design                  Van Transport System

         Members: Jon Dendy, Anita George, Jaime Giraldo, Kurt Lesniewski
Team: Refugee All-star Design                               Van Transport System

The Goal: The client has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a disorder characterized by brittle bones. Due to the nature of the
disease, the client has to ride lying on a pad on the floor of a minivan. The team devised a safe, comfortable and less
restrictive chair as a method of transport.

The Product: The chair is a raised
platform upon which a 4 inch
Tempura-pedic pad rests. The top of
the pad is just above the level of the
van’s window to allow the client
viewing access. Surrounding the
platform is a safety net attached to
the frame and hung from the roof by
steel wire and carabiners. In event
of a collision and/or a rollover, the
net is designed to catch the client
and slow her down as gently as
possible to prevent striking a hard
surface. The platform is constructed
of PVC reinforced by steel wire, and
locked into place using the original
seat base. It is covered with a
removable skirt which can be
interchanged and washed. The pad
has a removable case for similar

Team: Refugee All-star Design   Van Transport System

                                                       The judging
                   Front view

Team: Pro Bono                         Emergency Communication Device

                 Members: Ryan Griffin, Daniel Howell, Powell Kinney, Scott Rowley   20
Team: Pro Bono                                        Emergency Communication Device

The Goal: This product is a communication device designed for use during
any natural disaster when normal means of communication are down.
                                                                           The Product: The design is an
                                                                           Emergency Communication device
                                                                           (ECD) capable of keychain remote
                                                                           activation. The system repetitively
                                                                           sends a voice message receivable
                                                                           on a standard AM radio. The
                                                                           synthesized voice has location and
                                                                           other customizable information
                                                                           included as needed. The ECD
                                                                           mounts on a wall, has status
                                                                           information of the user and a two
                                                                           mile effective range. The unit will
                                                                           operate for a fixed period and will
                                                                           then stop operating without user
                                                                           action. Rescuers can pick up the
                                                                           distress signal by using an ordinary
                                                                           portable or car radio. The ECD is
                                                                           customized for each user’s needs.
                                                                           The transmitted message is
                                                                           preprogrammed with info that will
                                                                           direct the rescuers. It also prompts
                                                                           the user for specific action and
                                                                           remits info regarding the ECD’s
Team: Pro Bono                                             Emergency Communication System

         Activating device

In an unactivated (ready) state, the unit awaits input from either the remote control or external buttons on the wall-
mounted unit. Once activated, the transmission begins and continues at a series of non-repeating intervals. In
order to avoid mistaken activation or continued transmission after rescue, the user is required to acknowledge the
device once every eight hours. Any automatic deactivation is noted clearly by the device both visually and aurally.
This product was designed to be an additional life-line during a natural disaster when normal means of
communication are often down.

Team: BANG'N                               Deck and Ramp system

 Members: Mohamed-Aly Bakeer, Kelly Anderson, Vaughn Nossaman, Natalie Guthrey, Phil Newton
Team: BANG'N                                            Deck and Ramp System

The Goal: A deck and ramp system will enable our client to access to his front yard, back court, and home. His
home is about 30 inches above ground level and has several access points to the ground level, all which require the
use of stairs. His muscular dystrophy condition makes it difficult to access the stairs. He expects of use a
wheelchair at some point.

                                                                                            The Design: Due to
                                                                                            the physical restraints
                                                                                            of the property, the
                                                                                            ramp will be only 30
                                                                                            inches wide, 12
                                                                                            inches less than the
                                                                                            standard 42 inch
                                                                                            ramps in the city. It is
                                                                                            very important to our
                                                                                            client that the space
                                                                                            in the back courtyard
                                                                                            is not compromised.
                                                                                            To accomplish this,
                                                                                            the ramp extends into
                                                                                            the backyard at a
                                                                                            grade of 6:1 rather
                                                                                            than the standard

Team: BANG'N                   Deck and Ramp System

  Side image, wall removed

                                       View from back courtyard to front gate

                               Design features include: (a) slip guards and edging blocks to
                               prevent falls, ((b) pressure treated lumber lifted off the ground
                               to prevent water accumulation, (c) semi-modular for ease of
                               assembly- (the system is tied together with removable
                               screws), (d) aesthetics and usability—the system opens up
                               extra space outside the back door, which can be used for
 Sample of deck construction   hobbies.
Team: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)                        Classroom Ramp

              Members: Apu Borcar, Lauren Lipuma, Shawn Sarwar, Heather Vinet
Team: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)                                        Classroom Ramp

The Goal: The client is a four year old with amyoplasia, a condition which causes joint contractures. She uses a
wheelchair for mobility. The school’s computer lab is a portable building outside of the main school building and is
not wheelchair accessible. Individuals enter and exit by stairs. The team’s goal is to give the client access to the
lab via a ramp system located at a secondary entrance.

                                                                                        The Design: A ramp system
                                                                                        will enable wheelchair access
                                                                                        to a trailer classroom. The
                                                                                        ramp has to reach a height of
                                                                                        31.25 inches, and must have
                                                                                        a 1:12 slope (5 º), as
                                                                                        specified by the Americans
                                                                                        with Disabilities Act. Total
                                                                                        ramp length is 31.25 feet with
                                                                                        a width of 42 inches. The
                                                                                        ramp must not block the
                                                                                        other entrance or the
                                                                                        sidewalk. Therefore, it is
                                                                                        designed with an 180 º turn
                                                                                        attained through the use of a
                                                                                        5 by 8 foot landing. The
                                                                                        design also includes a 5 by 5
                                                                                        foot landing at the entrance
                                                                                        to allow the user to make a
                                                                                        90 º turn into the classroom.

Team: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)   Classroom Ramp

                                               The ramp includes a
                                               handrail 3 feet tall
                                               supported by posts 4
                                               feet apart. There is
                                               also a 3 inch curb at
                                               the edge to keep the
                                               wheelchair from
                                               straying off the ramp.
                                               Lattice work will be
                                               placed under the
                                               edges of the ramp
                                               and platforms to keep
                                               other children from
                                               crawling under it. The
                                               load capacity must be
                                               at least 50 pounds per
                                               square foot.

Candid shots

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