i-CREATe 2019 Prize Winners

i-CREATe 2019 Prize Winners

Congratulations to the following teams for their success in the Global Student Innovation Challenge:

Technology Category

GOLD – Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Stryde Tech – Design and development of a novel mobility enablement device providing independence and confidence for those who can not get from sitting to standing position on their own

Conventional walking frames do not assist people to stand up. Walking frame users require everyday assistance when standing up from seated position in order to even use their frame. Based on this global societal need, the conception, research, design, development, experimentation, validation, prototype production and proof of concept testing of this self-conceived enablement device was undertaken. StrydeTech is an innovative and life changing mobility enablement device allowing people to stand up independently by considerably reducing the stand-up effort. This reduction is achieved by lowering device handles to users seated waist height and as the frame rises, the user is assisted to standing position. A universal design approach is adopted ensuring that the developed StrydeTech device is both practical and useful irrespective of who is using it. A full scale power driven prototype was manufactured. Biomechanical gait analysis/experimentation was conducted to test real world suitability. Incorporation of smart technologies, including fingerprint/proximity sensors, are planned enabling StrydeTech to learn from the user to help the user. These benefits offer significant enhancements to rehabilitation efforts and everyday mobility and promotes independence, addressing an international societal un-met need. The StrydeTech product core function is to enable everyday activities, prolonging life, which is effectively priceless.

SILVER – National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Ramp Design

Our team has developed a water-resistant, fire-retardant, recycled cardboard ramp able to configure to 1-5 steps and curve a radius of beyond 90 degrees for deployment in constrained areas. The prototype ramp has been constructed such that it is made up of stages that are joined together to form the entirety of the ramp. The stages are held together by detachable yet reliable fasteners that allow for easy repair and replacement of the parts of ramp. These stages cater for different stair configurations and also for compactness when stowage. Additionally for stowage, the prototype ramp is collapsable due to the way the cardboard is interlaced and can be compressed about 70-80% of its original length. The prototype ramp has an incline of about 10 degrees and a textured surface to provide friction for rolling of the wheelchair going up and assists with grooves when the wheelchair is going downwards. The current first prototype was deliberately over-designed for safety as proof of concept and has a safety factor of about 3-5 times the required amount.  The current recycled cardboard used is in collaboration with a cardboard manufacturer in Singapore which produces its own recycled cardboard from pulp. Water-resistant and fire-retardant chemicals allow the cardboard to withstand certain weathering conditions and is safe for keeping in public housing while the material remains eco-friendly. The total material cost of the entire ramp is about SGD $420-$450, comparatively cheaper for commercially available aluminum ramps at SGD $600-800. We hope to lower this cost substantially through re-design and bulk production. Further development of the project includes experimental usage of recycled plastics and other materials. As well as lightening the overall weight of the ramp and increasing ergonomics and aesthetics for potential commercialisation. Integration of smart devices into the ramp is also an additional potential aim of the product.

BRONZE – City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Help Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs) and the elderly to identify objects with audio reminders

Our device is a low-cost NFC reader/writer designed for visually impaired persons (VIPs) to be used for audio reminders/identifying everyday objects. It allows VIPs to associate NFC stickers, which are cheap and can be stuck to many surfaces, with audio reminders set by the VIPs themselves. The reminder set will be played back when the device is simply placed in near proximity of the NFC sticker. This has a wide variety of applications including assisting in the identification of sensitive personal items, especially those with similar shapes, such as cards in a wallet, to everyday items including but not limited to books, CDs, and even medicine. This independent device is developed with feedback from VIPs and thus includes accessibility features designed specifically for VIPs, but it’s ease-of-use, low-cost and reliability may make it useful to other groups including the elderly who may be suffering from age-related memory loss.

MERIT – National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

Ideal training ankle foot orthosis (IT-AFO)

The incidence of stroke in Taiwan is about 19.3 ‬‰. In the United States, there are 793,500 new stroke patients each year, and most of the surviving patients are affected by the sequela of stroke. Due to the global population aging trend, the incidence of stroke will increase, and rehabilitation and care for patients with stroke have become a worldwide social and economic issue. Traditional ankle orthosis is designed to control or limit abnormal ankle movements. Users need to wear them for a long time, which can compensate for the affected functions, avoid joint contracture, improve walking function, etc., but rarely have training functions. Since the ankle orthosis is widely used and needs to be worn for a long time, if it can be worn while having the effect of training, it can help the stroke patient’s own walking ability to improve. We developed an ankle-foot orthosis with training capabilities through three-dimensional printing and scanning technology. The customized ankle orthosis can be close to the user’s physiological motion axis, allowing for more precise movement control and increased comfort. The specially designed dynamic kit mechanism can give feedback to the user during walking to achieve the training effect.

MERIT – Thammasat University (Thailand)

ReArm

Traditional rehabilitation has often focused on providing stroke patients with the best possible sets of stretches and exercises to help stimulate both the physical and mental state to full recovery, although patients’ mays quickly recover their lower limbs using traditional methods, a large number of patients still have difficulty fully recovering their upper limbs. Functional Rehabilitation focuses on recovering the patients through doing activities of daily living which in turn gives patients a better neural coordination and control when doing daily actives. Unlike tradition rehabilitation, functional rehabilitation provides patients with an objective task which would directly benefit their execution of daily activities which in turn creates a looping effect making the patients use their affected limb more often, thus recovering faster. ReArm is a portable motor-powered exoskeleton capable of actively assisting patients by providing an anti-gravitation force to the arm. It is designed to give patients the ability to easily perform functional rehabilitation at home. It is also equipped with a spring assisted hand gripper to help patients open their hands to manipulate objects and to counteract spastic contraction.

BEST PRESENTATION – Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)

Stryde Tech – Design and development of a novel mobility enablement device providing independence and confidence for those who can not get from sitting to standing position on their own

BEST POSTER – University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

Active hip disarticulation prosthesis using RCM mechanism

The design of a single rotation remote center of motion (1R-RCM) mechanism for a hip disarticulation prosthesis (HDP) is presented in this paper. While the exsting HDPs bring the asymmetric troubles between the prosthetic hip joint and intact side, such as inconsistencies length of prosthetic thigh and integral one and the non-coaxial problem of hip joints. The 1R-RCM is designed with a double parallelogram linkage (DPL) and optimized by GA algorithm with mutiple targets of DHP.

BEST PROTOTYPE – Thammasat University (Thailand)

ReArm

 

Design Category

GOLD – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

Snaker Spoon

Our product is twistable as a snake so it can provide many benefits for adults and children with special needs who wish to feel more independent during mealtimes.  Snaker Spoon is composed of 3 parts, the spoon ​(Front)​, interface for angle turning ​(Middle) and the handle ​(Backside)​. A spring is used to connect 3 parts of snaker spoon to allow angle adjustment in addition with magnets in between each part to ensure stability during feeding. By twisting lower spoon part and upper handle part into your most functional angles, you can enjoy own meal more successfully. Each of Front or Back part allows 6 directions of twisting respectively and totally 36 combination of direction are possible. It compensates dysfunctions for everyone encountering difficulties during eating. Snaker Spoon allows feeding without limitation and let you have own angles to feed in comparison with the current commercial angled utensils. Its design is changeable to every other utensils such as fork or even knife!

SILVER – ITE College East (Singapore)

EasyPull

The project Easypull aims to make removing a power plug simple and easy for consumers. With its lever system, it requires minimal strength to operate. Making it suitable for the elderly or those who have neurological disorders which impacts their motor strength.

BRONZE – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

Nailed It !

Nail clipping is a usual grooming task for everyone. It requires strong lateral pinch and finger dexterity to hold commercially available nail clippers. However, for people with weak pinch strength and poor finger dexterity as well as arthritis, nail clipping may be a difficult task. Thus, our palmar grasp nail clipper is designed to benefit the public and these populations. “Nailed it!” allows people to clip nails using palmar grasp in neutral wrist position effortlessly, without imposing stress on distal finger joints. Thus, it reduces joint pain. The non-slippery paddings provide comfort and prevent sliding out. It is easy to carry because of its small size and lightweight. A common nail clipper is nailed on a R-shaped spring clamp with a thick iron wire looping over the lever of the clipper. After putting the iron wire over the end of the lever, users can operate “Nailed it!” with palmar grasp. When the clamp is pressed, the wire pulls down the lever of the clipper to cut the nails. “Nailed it!” is a cost-effective and energy-conserving universal design which can promote performance and independence in nail clipping.

MERIT – Singapore Institute of Technology (Singapore)

Troll-E : Mobility enabled

As Singapore’s ageing population grows, the capability of the elderly to perform Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) competently, becomes a cause of concern. Such activities include general mobility, personal transportation and shopping for groceries or necessities. To come to grips with this concern, Troll-E was devised as a means of a Personal Mobility Vehicle (PMV) to better facilitate the grocery shopping experience of the elderly. This Land Transport Authority (LTA) compliant three-wheeled vehicle has two different modes: ‘Mobility Mode’ and ‘Trolley Mode’ which are activated through an easy 3-step process: Lock, Slide and Kick. Despite other Personal Mobility Aids (PMA) in the market targeted for the elderly, Troll-E considers 3 important factors that the former fail to; the high selling price (Affordability), the negative stigma accompanying the usage of these PMAs (Society) and the versatility & user-friendliness of the product (Usability).

MERIT – Ming Chuan University, MCU (Taiwan)

Prosthetic amphibian

The innovative design of the prosthetic leg mainly uses FRP Glass Fiber for its core material. The pneumatic socket design provides for more comfortable use of the amputee’s foot; allowing them more life needs, such as walking, running and cycling.

BEST PRESENTATION – Ming Chuan University (Taiwan)

Prosthetic amphibian

BEST POSTER – Kobe Design University (Japan)

Liberty of Walker

The innovative design of the prosthetic leg mainly uses FRP Glass Fiber for its core material. The pneumatic socket design provides for more comfortable use of the amputee’s foot; allowing them more life needs, such as walking,Our device as streamlined style with strong water proof form, and LED device are able to provide the safety issues, the LED device are not only design for user but also design for noted the people near by. And parking device is able to charge the battery and rent service in the same time, that make “Liberty of walker” become more convenience ever, and we are strongly believe “Liberty of walker” can bring user on totally new experience and offer user into one’s true comfortable style without any pressure and inhibit. In 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympics can support the great number of transportation problems as we thought, and after the experience we earned, we will try our best to make “Liberty of walker” become more fitness with it. All you have to do is sit on our “Liberty of walker” and take by assist with it. Your legs will feel less pressure and make user walk as comfortable with Omni assist device. User should be equality as human right, if they can’t walk so far, that will be unnecessary at all, at the meantime, why we have to make user to use the useless walker for take a walk or take rehabilitation for it. That is definite not a friendly treatment as a human being. running and cycling.

BEST ERGONOMIC  – Chulalongkorn University Demonstration Secondary School (Thailand)

Active Exo-spine (AES)

Back pain is one of the common health issues. Unfortunately, it can be severe or even fatal for elders who are immensely fragile if not being prevented. Consequently, people have been creating several types of equipment that help to prevent and cure these health issues. One of them is called back support, however, a critical drawback of this equipment is the inconvenience. While users wear back support, they are not able to move voluntarily and can sometimes have breathing difficulties. As a result, we decided to design preventive equipment for back pain that allows users to maintain their ordinary actions called Active Exo-Spine or AES. Other preventive equipment will be replaced as users will be able to wear the AES throughout the day without any inconvenience. The design of AES is an imitation of human spine with a flexible compact structure which gives AES a significant advantage as it allows users to move their upper bodies freely. Even so, when AES detects an abnormal posture of a user, it will then control and fix the user’s spine into the correct position.

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