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Attune: Haptic Feedback Garment

After a concussion, enduring symptoms known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS) can last for weeks and even years - causing hyper-sensitivity to a variety of external stimuli.

People who suffer from PCS can have difficulty navigating public transportation, where demanding and often unavoidable auditory environments threaten to trigger residual symptoms.​

Attune helps people with Post Concussion Syndrome navigate public spaces.

 
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PCS makes
public spaces

feel like hostile environments.

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Headphones

INTERFEARENCE

Noise-canceling headphones interrupt incoming auditory stimuli and send information to the garment.

Arduino

FEEDBACK

The garment translates info into haptic feedback. This is achieved with an Arduino in the prototype.

Felt + Quilt

INTERFACE

Feedback is communicated through soft, heavy materials which also provide weighted blanket therapy, a technique used to appease children with autism.

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Categorical

Delineates between speech, tonal, and a-tonal sounds.

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Spectral

Communicates a stimulus’ value along a spectrum.

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Neutralizing

Evens the peaks, troughs, and abrupt changes in the environment.

 

Product Design | User Research | Prototyping

Heel: Custom Canine Splint

After surgical procedures, veterinarians bandage treated limbs with layers of gauze wraps and splinting materials to protect the healing wound.

 

The resulting bundle can cause further injury by impairing the pet’s ability to walk, and requires regular removal and replacement for inspection -
a time consuming process which risks re-injury.

Heel makes post-op veterinary care less intrusive and more cost-effective.

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The problem with post-op veterinary care.

Dr. Laura Cuddy

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Veterinary Surgeon

University College, Dublin

ACCORDING TO

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Gauze bandages

WASTED MATERIALS

Large quantities of gauze bandages, elastic wraps, and tapes are a significant cost to the hospital and the owner.

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Standard splints

FORCED FIT
 

Standardized splints fit a limited range of breeds and sizes. The forced fit can often cause more complications than they solve.

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Custom splints

COST PREVENTATIVE

Custom splints and casts are enormously time consuming, and often cost far too much to be a viable option for the owner.

Cushion

CLOSED-CELL EVA FOAM

Low working temperature (52 - 62° C)

Non-toxic / safe for chewing

Biodegradable

Moldable shell

POLYCAPROLACTONE

Low working-temperature (52 - 62° C)
Re-formable at skin-safe temperatures
Highly durable

Fastner

NYLON / POLYESTER

Water resistant
Highly durable
Non-toxic

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Heel reduces waste of wraps and bandages. Straps are easily removed for recycling, and the shell is biodegradable. 

 

The EVA foam liner is not yet repurposable, but companies like Nike and GreenMax are working on more sustainable alternatives.

A NOTE ON SUSTAINABILITY

Product Design | CAD | Rendering

Hearth: Woodfire Backpacking Stove

Backpacking stoves typically require disposable fuel canisters, which add critical weight and volume to the traveler's pack - not to mention the environmental implications.

Hearth reduces dependency on disposable fuel canisters by utilizing local fuel sources.

 
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Ideation + iteration

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T.E.G.

POWER SOURCE

Thermo-electric generator converts heat into electric charge to power the fan.

Hoods

PARTICULATE BARRIER

Protects fan from fuel debris.

Base

HEAT SINK

Creates a substantial enough heat differential for the T.E.G. to generate a charge.

Duct

AIR FLOW + STABILITY

Balances cookware and allows for air flow.

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