SEATING ASSISTIVE DEVICE ⋅ NIEL LIESMONS ⋅ OPENDOT & UGENT (master thesis) ⋅ 2016
This project is an original Open-ended Design, meaning with this that the initial briefing for the master thesis (between UGent and Opendot) was to focus on such a solution.
"Involving users in the production of personalized assistive artefacts to suit their individual needs can enhance the quality of those products and avoid early abandonment. This dissertation discusses a set of projects that have that goal and introduces a measuring tool for assistive seats for children with cerebral palsy. This tool enables occupational therapists to dynamically measure and quantify the 3D geometry of a child’s pelvis area as well as how it should be supported. This data can then be used to produce high quality custom assistive seats using rapid manufacturing techniques. User tests were developed in order to explore the speed, accuracy and the pleasantness of interacting with the measuring tool. Results have shown that it is as accurate and nearly nine times faster than its current competitor." Niel Liesmons
How? The measuring components can move and find the correct fitting position by adaptable connections built with gears and track pads.
What? Shape, Proportions, Dimensions, Function and Users' needs
When? Production (the measurement occurs before the production of the seating device)
Who? Designer, Occupational Therapist, User
Why? Primary needs
How much? Range
How many? Low to High Volume (the product is designed to be produced with digital technologies)