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Manual vs. Power Assist vs. Powered?
This challenge is open, allowing you to design the device type of your choosing. We are putting a heavy emphasis on manual devices and especially power assisted devices. If you choose to design a powered device we ask that you keep a focus on designing an active lifestyle device.When choosing which type of device you would like to design please note that the first and second awards are specific to manual devices but all other awards are open to all device types.
Can I submit a previously completed/finished product?
You can submit anything that falls within the challenge requirements. A completed design or product could be acceptable, provided it does not violate any copyright, patents, IP, or applicable laws.
Crowdsourcing allows for a broad range of people and backgrounds to participate in the design of a product. Because of the differences in culture, experiences and knowledge, uncommon answers to the problem can be found. We believe that different perspectives stimulate broader and more robust solutions to problems we are trying to solve.
Why additive manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing opens the door for a number of different opportunities:
Adaptable: Want a custom back? A cup holder? A new modular component? Unlike traditional manufacturing, modifications like these in an additive environment won’t require re-designing the entire device
Cheaper: When making small batches-- from a single prototype to a few customized products-- part-specific tooling can be expensive. Additive manufacturing can reduce or even eliminate the need for tooling, parts in the product assembly, and entire processes in the production line.
Scalable: Printing a prototype is as easy as printing the product, so why not test the final form? Innovation happens faster when there’s no penalty for scaling your production.
Who are we designing for?
There are many different types of mobility device users, all with different preferences are requirements to match their level of movement and mobility. When designing your lifestyle device here are a few user types to consider.
- Monoplegia - which affects only one arm or leg
- Hemiplegia - which affects one arm and one leg on the same side of your body
- Paraplegia - which affects both of your legs
- Muscle stiffness of arms, legs or both
- Muscle weakness of arms, legs or both
- Difficulty of fine motor movements
Why “Lifestyle Device” and not “Wheelchair”
The current term "wheelchair" is specific to a medical device. We are using the term lifestyle device to add focus on amplifying the relationship between function and design, inviting you to think outside the realms of a traditional wheelchair design.
Can I design a prosthetic or something similar?
Within this challenge we are focusing on a lifestyle device for mobility rather than prosthetics. If you would like more information on the specifics of what will be considered a valid entry to the challenge you can check out the challenge requirements.
- Why “Lifestyle Device” and not “Wheelchair”
- Can I design a prosthetic or something similar?