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Slip on below-the-knee prosthetic for quick home use

Walker

340K

 amputees  in the US

$12Billion

 paid annually in health insurance  for amputees in US 

185,000

 new below-the-knee  amputees every year in US

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Parker

Parker is a  below-the-knee amputee  who lost his leg at the age of three.  He has grown  used to his condition  but  still has complications  putting on his prosthetic.

Understanding Parker

Working in a team(Grayson, Josh and Bethany) to deeply   understand Parker's daily life  and the emotions that come from his  experiences unique to his condition. 

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To find out more about all the details about prosthetics, I reached out to Breakey Prosthetics. July Lajoie showed me that  putting on prosthetics takes two to ten minutes.    This is  time wasted  out of every morning.  Amputees must also see their prosthesis regularly to  adjust the sockets  as their residual limb changes size and shape.  Wheelchairs take too much space and crutches can be cumbersome to use.

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How might we put on a prosthetic leg faster?

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Ideation

Thinking of different ways a prosthetic leg can take form based on Parker's interests and daily experiences related to his leg.

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Inspiration

 Ease of use and coziness  is the goal and what's easier than a slip on?  I decided to take the trade off of not being completely secure for comfort and ease of use.

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Tight Details

Focusing on finer details such as  proportion, material, and strap.  Deciding to make a plush, bouncy, and quick slip and strap prosthetic. Made to wear at home.

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Too stumpy

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Too narrow

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Too close to a pegleg

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Vacuum forming a core to ensure a  secure fit  onto the user's residual limb

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Using pre-existing prosthetic socks as a liner for comfort and easy cleaning

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large strap to quickly put on

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