TechSAge 2018 Design Competition

Stand

1st Place
Judy Kong
California College of Arts

he 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.

Read more about the design, and the inspiration behind it.

Stand

MS Assistant

Finalist
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. Ljilja was also awarded a mobile application seed grant from TechSAge.

Read more about the MS Assistant app.

Download the MS Assistant project poster.

MS Assistant App

PULSE

Finalist
Robert Quinn, Andrew Gibson, Connor Collins, and 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.

Download the PULSE project poster.

PULSE

Swivel Station

Finalist
Kristin Anderson, Long C. Ho, Victoria Peskin, and 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.

Download the Swivel Station project poster.

Swivel Station

Hermes

Finalist
Ran Duan, Shuangyue Yu, Yanjun Li, and 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.

Download the Hermes project poster.

Hermes

StabiliTeeth

Finalist
Alexander Hasnain, Than Huynh, Cody Guldner, and James Nie
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

StabiliTeeth 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.

Download the StabiliTeeth project poster.

StabiliTeeth

Gardening for All

Finalist
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.

Download the Gardening for All project poster.

Gardening for All