2017 TechSAge Design Competition

1st place

Releaf (Justin Chang, Phillip Chang, and Dan Sipzner; University of Pennsylvania). Releaf is an assistive-wearable glove designed to promote active gardening among seniors by increasing grip strength and reducing hand fatigue. The design featured a leather glove that uses cables, servomechanisms, and a sensor controlled by the pinky to engage and disengage active assistance when gripping tools. Read news story here: Assistive Glove Wins TechSAge Design Competition

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Other Category Winners

Nettle (Audrey Fox; Parsons School of Design in New York City). Nettle is an intuitive, screenless interface for connecting people using a teapot and mug and employing the beloved rituals of making tea. Two people in different places can communicate using a web-connected teapot, which uses the pouring of hot water to signal a user’s availability to have a conversation over tea. *Social Connectedness category winner

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MODU (Lamar Pi; San Francisco State University). MODU is a customizable, modular tray that attaches to walkers or wheelchairs to provide individuals with mobility impairment with a stable, multipurpose surface for activities and storage. *Health at Home category winner

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