A Good Life 5 - Parsons The New School for Design

A Good Life 5 - Parsons The New School for Design

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  • Wheelie

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Wheelieinuse_432_

    A new type of wheelchair for disabled animals

    This project was developed with advice from Jackie Woelz at veterinary physical rehabilitation unit of UC Davis.

    A wheelchair is the most important tool for mobilizing disabled animals, but the wheelchairs for animals have not been well-developed and there are many people who do not know about or cannot afford these products because the market is limited making the price very expensive. There have not been pet wheelchairs designed with the same ergonomic properties as human wheelchairs.

    Wheelie provides an ergonomic structure using memory foam that can support disabled animals and enhance their comfort. By designing fashionable wheelchairs, I hope to eliminate people's prejudice towards disabled animals and prevent their abandonment.

    Wheelie increases the mobility and independence of animals and allows their owners to see them as valid companions.

    Even though wheelchairs are for disabled animals, animal hospitals don't have wheelchairs. Wheelie wheelchairs could be available for rent and lease in the hospitals so they are affordable.

  • In Hye,

    I've been invited to give feedback to all Parsons students, regarding your thesis projects.

    I'm not a pet owner so I'm not as in tune with the prosthetic need for domesticated animals as you seem to be. How important is this is the grand scheme of things? Are there non-productized solution possibilities, like rehab or physical therapy that could be part of your design concept?

    It's great that you've considered cost here and have proposed a rent-to-use strategy, especially since these items are temporary in nature. This alone can have big impact and help reduce waste while simultaneously keeping cost down and giving pets a newfound sense of personal liberty.

    It's a very niche problem/solution, so be sure to include the research story and statistics to back it up. This will eliminate the guesswork in the minds of consumers and help communicate why it's important.

    Thank you! J.

  • Dogsling_177_

    In Hye,

    I actually have both a disabled dog and a masters in Design, so I feel well suited to comment on your work. My dog has lost most of the use of his rear legs due to a neurological disorder. He can drag himself around, but cannot run or walk any distance. He can't get up stairs alone, either (and I live in a three-story walkup). My dog will never get better and will need help for the rest of his life, so an aid like this is essential.

    This project, as with all ID projects, could be greatly helped by focusing on the end user, not experts. Partnering with users and trying to make a simple mockup can tell you so much about how to improve a concept.

    One HUGE problem with your solution is going to the bathroom. The dog would urinate all over your device, making it very unpleasant to use more than once.

    http://www.walkaboutharnesses.com/ makes a very simple fabric sling that serves the purpose of aiding my dog to walk and get up and down stairs very well. It has cut-outs to allow him to go the bathroom with some help. It cost $60.

    I also bought a wheelchair on eBay made out of PVC tubing for $100 with shipping. It was made by a very nice lady in Buffalo, NY.

    This concept has some potential that could realized with further research and development.

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