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ATDF 2008. Casey Judge Dan Higgins Mike Harradon David Muchene. Our Client. Peter Morency Age 17 Junior at Lowell Catholic High School Suffered a stroke at just ten days old Has cerebral palsy Lost total motor control over the left side of body. What is his main problem?.

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atdf 2008

ATDF 2008

Casey Judge Dan Higgins

Mike Harradon David Muchene

our client
Our Client
  • Peter Morency
  • Age 17
  • Junior at Lowell Catholic High School
  • Suffered a stroke at just ten days old
  • Has cerebral palsy
  • Lost total motor control over the left side of body
what is his main problem
What is his main problem?
  • Tying shoes
  • Has to wear special drawstring shoes
  • Cannot tie laces
  • Would love to be able to wear shoes he likes the looks of
possible solution 1
Possible Solution #1
  • Light up shoes- make his drawstring shoes more aesthetically pleasing with the addition of fun lights.
  • Problem- common product already on the market
possible solution 2
Possible Solution #2
  • Radio shoes- make ordinary shoes more fun with radio that turns on when one walks
  • Problem- very annoying
possible solution 3
Possible Solution #3
  • Muscle Wire Shoes- Laces made with muscle wire and tighten when electric current sent through them. Hooks would hold shoe closed after contraction.
pros and cons rated 1 5 5 best 1 worst
Pros and Cons (rated 1-5) 5=best 1=worst
  • Safety – 4
  • Long lasting- 3 (reusable yet might need to be replaced over time)
  • Original- 5
  • Helpful – 5
  • Size – 5
  • Affordable- 5
  • Possible to build?- 3
possible idea 4
Possible Idea #4
  • Automatically zippering shoes- use a pully system zip and unzip shoes
pros and cons
Pros and Cons
  • Safety- 5
  • Long lasting – 4
  • Original-5
  • Helpful – 5
  • Size – 2 (could get bulky)
  • Affordable – 2 (may require lots of parts)
  • Possible to Build? - 3
possible solution 5
Possible Solution #5
  • Hydraulic shoes- hinged at the toe, and opens with hydraulics
  • Problem- Overly complicated, clunky.
possible solution 6
Possible Solution #6
  • “Roll down Shoes”- shoes with tops that roll down
  • Problem- Unrealistic and difficult engineering
possible solution 7
Possible Solution #7
  • Handheld Shoe Tying device – utility that would tighten standard shoes
  • Problems-

Device would need to be carried around

Little added functionality

possible solution 8
Possible Solution #8
  • Muscle wire controlled zipper – Muscle wire would be attached to zipper and contracted to open or close it.
pros and cons1
Pros and Cons
  • Safety- 4
  • Long lasting – 3
  • Original-5
  • Helpful – 5
  • Size – 2 (may be large)
  • Affordable – 2 (muscle wire is expensive)
  • Possible to Build? - 2
possible solution 9
Possible Solution #9
  • Automatically velcroing shoes – Muscle wire pulls velcro over to hold shoe closed
  • Problems-Does not fix attractiveness of shoe.Complex design
possible solution 10
Possible Solution #10
  • Electromagnets hold shoe together – Electromagnets on either side of the shoe are turned on to pull shoe tight
  • Problems-Very strong electromagnets would be neededWould require much battery power.
final conclusion
Final Conclusion
  • Solution #3

Muscle wire pulls sides together

Hooks latch upon contact

Battery pack contained in heel

Activated by remote or emergency button on shoes. Hooks release upon repeated contraction of muscle wire.

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Assistive Technology Design Fair 2008

Casey Judge, Dan Higgins, Mike Harradon, David Muchene

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