Constructed Environments Studio: #14 – Cooper Hewitt Museum Reflection

PROTOTYPE, WALKING STICK SYSTEM (MULTI-COLORED)

  • Prototype designed by Michael Graves
  • Made in 2015
  • Aluminum, Polypropylene, TPE, TPU
  • No technology
  • Walking stick
    • This walking stick designed by Michael Graves provides a user friendly option for the disabled in need of walking assistance.  The design creates a more stylish, and more stable while also flexible cane.

WHEELCHAIR, MOTIVATION ROUGH TERRAIN

  • Designed by Motivation
  • Manufactured by Merits in 2005
  • Steel, wood
  • Uses general support and wheel technology
  • “This wheelchair navigates rough, unpaved, and uneven terrain”
    • This wheelchair uses a third wheel rather than four to create extra stability when navigating uneven terrain, successfully allowing a wheelchair user to access more areas that are not paved

MAGNETIC SHIRT, MAGNAREADY ®

  • Designed by Maura Horton
  • Manufactured by MagnaReady in 20013
  • Two-ply cotton, magnets, buttons
  • Uses magnetic technology
  • “Embedded magnetic closure system behind the shirt’s buttons”
    • This simple design fix allows people with disabilities to wear the same type of clothing as everyone else by simplifying the more difficult stages of accessibility in the product allowing the user to have more dignity in their appearance as well as the independence that comes with the design.

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