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Grip-It

Grip-it

Spring 2015

 

A writing aide designed to assist those individuals who suffer from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, specifically with symptoms of hyper-mobility (joints that stretch further than normal) and subluxation (a partial or incomplete dislocation of a joint).

 

The objective for this semester long studio project was to find and exploit and opportunity gap in the market dealing with adults with disabilities and create a  compelling product experience for them.

 
 

Mood board

 

Context

 

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a connective tissue disorder, characterized by double-joints, stretchy skin and fragile tissue.

 
 

Due to the pain and pressure that using a pen puts on the finger joints, people with EDS generally have illegible handwriting, incorrect grip, finger dislocations, and easily tire after only a few minutes. Using laptops is also impractical because picking up the device can cause wrist dislocation or subluxation.

 
 

Research

 

In my primary research I was able to interview my brother and sister-in-law who both have EDS. While talking with them, they were willing and able to show me how they currently wrote and how that contributed to their pain. I was able to discuss with them what methods of pain reduction would be most beneficial. 

 
 

I also posted a survey to a number of EDS Facebook support pages from which I got 130 responses. The survey questions were open-ended and related to the areas of previously used writing aides, other technologies, related EDS symptoms, and potential improvements.

 
 

Task analysis

 

Competitive analysis

 

Ideation

 

Study Models

 

 I gained invaluable insights from building quick study models and testing them with my brother and sister-in-law. As the end user, they know what will feel best in their hands and what will help to alleviate some of the symptoms common to EDS.

 
 

Final Design

 
 
 

How It Works

 

Grip-it helps to alleviate symptoms experienced while writing for those with EDS. It comes in a variety of sizes to accommodate the many types of hand sizes. It’s internal coloring can be changed as well through  a connected smart device. Additionally, Grip-it is calibrated through a connected smart device based on the pressure exerted while writing, the amount of time spent writing, and the pain level measurements both before and after. 

 
 

Features