2018 TechSAge Design Competition

1st place: Stand (Judy Kong; California College of the Arts) - The TechSAge Design Competition chose Judy Kong from the California College of the Arts as the winner with her entry named "Stand." Stand is a cane with a compressible mechanism designed to assist older adults in sitting and standing. Learn more about the design, and the inspiration behind it, in the news story here: https://catea.gatech.edu/news/cane-seniors-sit-stand

Finalists

  • MS Assistant (Ljilja Ruzic Kascak; Georgia Institute of Technology) - MS Assistant is a health and wellness self-management app that assists individuals aging with multiple sclerosis (MS). This evidence-based app helps users track their symptoms and share health data with providers. MS Assistant was developed as a dissertation project by Ljilja Ruzic Kascak, who recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech, who was awarded a mobile application seed grant from TechSAge.
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    Learn more here: https://catea.gatech.edu/multiple-sclerosis-app
  • PULSE (Robert Quinn, Andrew Gibson, Connor Collins, & Bruce Haantjes; Virginia Tech) - Designed for individuals with chronic back pain, PULSE is a tactile response system that monitors posture through a compression fit vest with embedded sensors and a mobile app. The student designer worked with residents at a local retirement community to develop the concept.
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  • Swivel Station (Kristin Anderson, LongC. Ho, Victoria Peskin, & Aditya Sharma; University of Washington) - Students developed a device that makes cutting food easy for everyone, especially people with mobility in one arm or with limited muscle strength. The Swivel Station allows the user to cut food with the press of a button, which automatically turns on a re-wired electric knife.
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  • Hermes (Ran Duan, Shuangyue Yu, Yanjun Li, & Brian Lynn; City University of New York) - Hermes, is a soft knee exoskeleton that ensures joint alignment, stabilizes gaits and provides active assistance for older adults.
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  • Stabliteeth (Alexander Hasnain, Than Huynh, Cody Guldner, James Nie; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) - Stabliteeth is a tremor-reducing, electric toothbrush that aims to support self-care and independence among people who experience tremors, such as those with Parkinson’s disease, ALS, & stroke.
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  • Gardening for All (Justina Thompson; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) – These accessible garden domes provide a space for older adults to connect with nature and socialize with others in the community.
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