Working with an interdisciplinary group of engineering, science, and humanities students at Carnegie Mellon, I developed this articulating seat lift concept for a startup mobility company. The group was tasked with helping reduce the chronic back injuries common among nursing home aides, who often need to lift patients unaided after they use the toilet.
I constructed a quick physical proof-of-concept to demonstrate the primary innovations of our design, primarily the frontal grab bar and tunable angled scissor lift, both of which put our concept well ahead of existing products
I was able to facilitate creative brainstorming sessions with team members who didn't consider themselves creative, use my quick-sketching ability to articulate my and team members' ideas, and utilize my familiarity with user research to help us gain insights from users and stakeholders through interviews in the nursing home.
With our limited time and resources, we used some basic human factors observation and engineering analysis to determine the necessary dimensions, tolerances, and durability for our mechanism.
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