Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting award-winning projects and ideas from this year's Core77 Design Awards 2012! For full details on the project, jury commenting and more information about the awards program, go to Core77DesignAwards.com
- Strong Arm Lifting Safety Garment
- Designer: Sean Petterson
- Location: Rochester Institute of Technology
- Category: Soft Goods
- Award: Student Notable
The Strong Arm is a device that makes lifting packages and materials easier and safer. Designed for materials handlers, the ergonomically designed Strong Arm reduces risk and fatigue when lifting materials at a factory, delivering packages or carrying a variety of loads.
How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
We were in transit from a field test when the awards were announced. We happened to be in unable to get service on our phones for the broadcast but when we arrived back on the east coast after the 20 hour drive we received the email with the news. We were exhausted but had enough in us to for a celebratory high five.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
Our latest developments are that we have been excepted into the Mass Challenge exellerator program in Boston. Which is an unbelievable environment to make a business out of Strong Arm Technologies, Inc. We are developing new products on the side from input we have been receiving from our field test partners. We are incredibly excited that this project has thrown us into the entrepreneurial world full speed and we are really taking on what ever life is throwing at us.
What is one quick anecdote about your project?
Strong Arm is a proven concept that has the potential to have a profound effect on industry. Our newly formed company will continue to develop real products with real human impact.
What was an "a-ha" moment from this project?
The "a-ha" moment was when we realized that not only are we making objects easier to lift but we are placing people in the correct posture. This revealed gigantic market opportunities for the product as $150 Billion is spent every year in compensating injuries from workers lifting incorrectly.