Clever modular mobility aid helps those with disabilities in the developing world

January 28, 2015 by  
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A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts for everything from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people with disabilities , thanks to a design engineering student from Brunel University London .  Cara O’Sullivan, 21, from Battle, East Sussex, realized the opportunity after a year’s placement with the Medical Engineering Resource Unit (MERU), a unique charity in Epsom, Surrey. Cara explains:  “Whilst visiting Kiya Survivor’s physiotherapy center in Peru, I realized that while the developed world can be generous in donating unwanted walkers and crutches, they come from a wide variety of different manufacturers and so perfectly good parts from one walking aid can’t be used to repair another one.  Back at Brunel, when it came to developing a project for my final year, it was clear that I could use my design and engineering skills to help not only the youngsters I had met in Peru, but those in similar circumstances around the world.  The key element is to simplify everything – walking sticks, crutches and walkers – to design core interchangeable components which work together like Meccano and, just like the toy, can be easily and quickly disassembled and re-used.  By being so adaptable, the walking aid will be able to meet the user’s exact needs and provide the required support throughout changes in their condition. The system is more sustainable and cost effective because the walking aid will gradually evolve with the user rather than having to get an entirely new aid each time their condition changes.” + Brunel University London The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brunel University , Cara O’Sullivan , developing word designs , humanitarian design , Kiya Survivors , Mecanno , Mecanno mobility aid , MERU , mobility aid , mobility aid design , mobility aid developing world

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Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

June 12, 2013 by  
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Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of picking a piece of fruit out of a bowl only to toss it out because it’s covered in a nasty layer of mold? Student designer Jagjit Chodha hopes to put an end to wasted fruit with a new bowl that can actually alert you that your fruit is going bad before it starts to happen. Read the rest of Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bowl monitors rotting fruits , Brunel University , Brunel University London , food innovations , food testing , food waste , Jagjit Chodha , Made in Brunel , Made In Brunel Design and Engineering Show , Molding Fruit Alert , produce waste , reducing food waste , reducing produce waste        

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