August 17, 2016

T came to work with us again, and this time we got to send him home with a prototype to field test.

Here is a video of T using the most recent chair!!!

And with the backpack! So stylish!

So now T is going to go home and see how it goes, does he take it with him? When and why not? 

If he does take it with him how does it go?

If he actually uses it, how does it go?

Then in 2 weeks we will powwow again to make any adjustments (or full...

August 11, 2016

We purchased new connectors, and have made a complete chair to send T home with.

Also a drawstring bag to use as or in a backpack.

T will be coming soon next week so we can check in again!

In the mean time we are working though the process of designing the instructions, this means writing up the steps with pictures, then giving them and materials to a few unsuspecting Olin students to see what they make of it. You can see our fir...

August 2, 2016

Our Pipe connector order has arrived!

It turns out pipe sizing is very confusing and although we ordered what we thought was the right size for the size pipes that we are using two of them are perfect and two are much to large. 

These are the two that fit.

The first, wrap around crossover, holds the pvc to the side of legs protruding from the bottom. The second the T hold the end flush. 

Although the second is more elegant, the fi...

July 28, 2016

Last week we discussed our learning from our co-design with Todd, since then we have made some orders and revamped the design.

Firstly we Bought 5 new Coleman Rambler IIs. Still our fav.

We tried out the same method of hose clamping extra bars to the top. Unfortunately the same twisting happened with the new chair.

However having the bar attached provided another option, we tried attaching the ratchet to the side of the chair bra...

July 22, 2016

Today T came to check out our first prototypes and co design with us. We rolled around and asked some questions and this is what we learned.

Time commitment and cost?

Less that 50 dollars and less than an hour to build!

(The start of our requirements table which will be added too and you can find  here )


"If I really feel I can trust what I make[...] if I can feel like I can have something to do with providing for my...

July 11, 2016

Based on last weeks learning we needed more chairs to play with, we also wanted to try some steel chairs to see if they hold up much better than the Aluminum.

This is what we bought:

Like last...

July 5, 2016

Last week we left of with the order of materials for our favored Up Chair Strategy!

You can find everything we ordered right here-

June 30, 2016

Some of our first ideas, and our first direction!!


Using 3 offset linkages to form a stable base for a chair seat, that would be raised though the turning of a lead screw.

Stacking stools

Lining up several steps that a person could push from up from sequentially to eventually get into tall enough chair to stand up from


Combining the structure and collapse-ability of tents to create a lightweight version of the stepping...

June 28, 2016

We left our first meeting with T thinking about a chair, that started of low enough to scoot onto but could get high enough to sit up from easily. Today we did a brief search so see if there is already an adequate solution.

Here is what we found:

There are definitely chairs designed to help people get up! Unfortunately these range from 350-10,0000 dollars and none way less than 15 lb, let alone are shaped to be able to bring wit...

June 23, 2016

We started by introducing ourselves and our goals: the team, Alisha Sarang-Sieminski (an Olin Bio Professor) and I, hope to practice User Oriented Design for One in the Mobility Space, and T hopes to enlist some engineers/designers to help him with his well founded anxieties around falling.

A little background: Because of spinal cancer T has and artificial lumbar as well as much lowered strength and dexterity in his legs e...

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