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REACH concept is a project that came together at the 24 Hour Inclusive Design 4 Health Challenge.
REACH looks to facilitate the well being for people living with Motor Neurone Disease. This is enabled through providing a power assistive garment which helps in moving the arm or leg. Working in a team of Doctors, Nurses, Designers, and Patient provided deep insights gathering and rapid prototyping opportunities to validate our concept.
Michael, who is a patient with Motor Neuron Disease was showing us a product he already uses to assist him with his walking. Because of the disease he had difficulty in moving the muscles in his foot. An elastic band lifts the foot up for a more natural gait, to prevent him from falling.
Reach is a garment that takes this idea to assist the movement in a subtle manner.
The project is now taken up by researchers at Sheffield.
Featured in: The Star
Project for "24Hour Challenge" at "Design4Health"
Location - Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Project Type - Hack-a-thon, Partnership with NHS
Project Lead - Jim Dawton, Lise Pape (RCA)
Graphic Designer - Elizabeth Raby (RCA), Dario Martini
Design Engineer - Yuki Machida
Patient Collaborator - Michael Iles, Chris Yeardley
Doctor - Chris McDermott
Concept Communication - Graphic
Concept Mock-up - Strings
Year: 2013, July | Duration: 24hr
Supersaturation - Structural Growth
PlayPod - Future Transport/Cities
FoodChar - Carbon Negative
Kumo Homes - Affordable Living
Murr-ma - Amphibious Prosthesis
REACH - Force Assistive Grament
Project Anima - Second Skin
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© Yuki Machida 2015