Justin Chang, Philip 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.
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
San Francisco 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