Thursday, February 7, 2013

One Prototype Down, Many More to Come!

Today, Team PivoRest got the chance to talk with an occupational therapist about the finished first prototype of the armrest. The feedback showed that we are headed in the right direction, but certainly still have some obstacles to overcome. The range of motion of our device is good, and it would provide most patients with a comfortable way to keep their arm in the rest. Also, the accessibility of having it functional on both sides of the wheelchair would help therapists with their job. One of the major obstacles that was pointed out was the need for the right, locking ball and socket joint. We have looked at some possibilities for this, and keep exploring other options, to ultimately find the best one. Lastly, we have looked at our first model, identified it's flaws,and have started improving it in a second, more refined design. One which will fit the needs of patients better, and is one step closer to out final design.