This is absolutely eye-opening. In an earlier post we showed you wheelchairs designed for wheelchair-unfriendly environments, and because most of us have seen wheelchair users in real life or on TV, we have at least a vague idea of what those without the use of their legs have to go through. But here we have a video of a woman with no arms showing you how she dresses herself every morning, a procedure I had zero concept of:
Take a good look at that device Tisha's using, a metal rod with a hook on the end:
She mentions that she's had it covered in aquarium tubing acquired at a pet store to make it a bit more "squishy," i.e. ergonomic. Which got me thinking: The video you just saw was less than five minutes, but after watching it, I bet you can already think of ways to improve upon Tisha's device. Think of the design questions popping up in your head: Is that hook the optimum shape? Is it too sharp, in case she misses and contacts her skin with the hook, or is the metal unpleasantly cold? Does the rod need to be straight, or would it be better if it had a slight arc to it at the end? Does the rod need to be cylindrical in cross-section to fit between her toes, or would a slightly elliptical cross-section provide better purchase and maneuverability? The upper part that Tisha manipulates between her chin and collarbone, is it optimally shaped? How and where does she store the device, and how does she typically retrieve it and put it back?
I hope that more folks with disabilities make videos like this, not just to share with others what their particular trials are, but to enable us designers to improve upon the objects they use.
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