MS Empowered

    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.

Royal College of Art


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

Duration   6 months

Date   Jan. 2014 - June 2014


  Yuki is an Innovation Designer and Technologist working on creating products and experiences that create positive futures. He is a Design Researcher at the EPFL+ECAL Lab, where he is working on Digital Innovation to bring emerging technologies from the research labs at EPFL to people who need it. Yuki is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, holding an MA and MSc in Innovation Design and Engineering and an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursing a Masters of Advanced Studies at EPFL and ECAL in Design Research in Digital Innovation. He is passionate about using Design Thinking and Human Centred Design to create positive impact. Since his childhood he was inspired by technology and design. He is also interested in start-ups and getting new ideas to market. He is a Design London Fellow, which allowed him to attend Executive MBA lectures at Imperial Business School and to work on projects along side MBA students. With the Lines team he was fortunate to attend the European Innovation Academy and the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge to learn about patents, marketing, business and design.