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Hironao Kato

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008


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    1 Pegasus wheelchair. Compared to standard wheelchairs, the size of this Pegasus is almost same size, but it uses many plastic materials instead of metal frame. This is looking beyond possibility of ordinary wheelchairs. The seat is connected to the bottom part and wheels balance with sensor to support a rider to stand. The wheels seem a bit smaller that standard type of wheelchairs, but sensors support its balance. This is a prototype model, thus it is not produced yet but it might be expensive wheelchair for people, because use of high technology which includes sensors, mortars for wheels, and material. However, this concept model has a potential more than its cost problem. This design allows disable people to do something in standing position.

    2 HAL (assisting gear) This is more high technological suitable gear for people who need to be assisted. The whole mechanism, size of every part is suited in each part of human’s body such as arms, legs, and back. Because of concept model (but works perfectly), whole color is white and each joint light up in blue. The function of HAL gives amazing effect to physical actions such what people want to do. The image shows a man bring 3 packs of 5-7kg rice, but actually he does not feel such a heavy weight. The battery pack on his back allows to work a few hours, but now they are developing it to long time use. In the future, HAL might be in such a hospital or other medical institutions, because this gear might be expensive for indivi...

  • 1:Annual report - New York State Department of Mental Hygiene.

    Author/Creator: New York (State). Dept. of Mental Hygiene. Thirty-ninth annual report, 1926/27, covers the operations of the State Hospital Commission and the State Commission for Mental Defectives for the period from July 1 to Dec. 31, 1927 and those of the Department of Mental Hygiene for the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, 1927.

    2:Report of the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane.

    Author/Creator: Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane. ; Thomas Story Kirkbride 1809-1883. ; Stephen Allen 1767-1852. ; John Austin Stevens 1795-1874. ; John David Wolfe 1792-1872. ; Isaac Wood 1793-1868. ; S.B Cullins

    3: AACN clinical issues in critical care nursing.

    Author/Creator: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Subjects: Intensive care nursing -- Periodicals ; Critical Care -- nursing care -- periodicals ; Nursing Care -- periodicals

    4:Journal of nursing care quality.

    Subjects: Nursing -- Standards -- Periodicals ; Nursing audit -- Periodicals ; Nursing Process -- standards -- periodicals ; Quality Assurance, Health Care -- periodicals ; Health policy and administration ; Health sciences ; Electronic journals

  • Mental Health Association of Westchester County

    The mission of the Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc. is to promote mental health in Westchester County through advocacy, community education and direct services.

    Description: MHA of Westchester is a frontline resource for individuals with emotional difficulties and mental illnesses. MHA champions the rights of those who have trouble speaking out for themselves including the elderly, victims of abuse, and children in foster care. The agency strives to improve public understanding of mental health and mental illness by raising awareness on a wide range of mental health topics through workshops, conferences, lectures, meetings, and publications. Our rehabilitation services help adults, who are recovering from serious mental illnesses, live successful and satisfying lives by engaging in meaningful social, educational, vocational, and recreational activities. MHA's direct services, which include clinic-based mental health treatment and support services, home- and community-based treatment and support services, and school-based projects, serve over 3,000 adults and children and their families annually

    NAMI-NYC Metro

    The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York City Metro, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As one of the largest affiliates...

  • 2_132_

    The first image, this is a physical idea and concrete approach that a patient who needs wheelchair is able to stand and do something by himself or herself. The point is they can do something beyond disadvantages and be more close to others. The second image is more advanced technology used. This wearable support suit enables a patient do same as other people. However, those items solve just physical disadvantages of them. The true problem is communication between people involves care people and patients. One fact of their issues is miscommunication or no-communication. For example, a wheelchair is one of product that is in between patient and care person. There is a conversation while they are walking, this is good communication to grow their relationship. However, if one of two do not want to talk to anyone or cannot talk, one huge gap would appear between them.

    Looking into their daily tasks, a care person help patient’s tasks such as wearing, eating, going restroom, and walking around, but basically those tasks do not need conversation, in other words, “just doing their daily job”. This might be no problem for ordinary people, however, this is such a huge problem for those care people and patients. From my previous posting ’one story of my thesis’, one guy who is working mental hospital is claiming this “just doing their daily job”. This is not only for mental hospital, but also other care facilities, miscommunication influences even care people and both of their mental ...

  • 2_132_

    The first image, this is a physical idea and concrete approach that a patient who needs wheelchair is able to stand and do something by himself or herself. The point is they can do something beyond disadvantages and be more close to others. The second image is more advanced technology used. This wearable support suit enables a patient do same as other people. However, those items solve just physical disadvantages of them. The true problem is communication between people involves care people and patients. One fact of their issues is miscommunication or no-communication. For example, a wheelchair is one of product that is in between patient and care person. There is a conversation while they are walking, this is good communication to grow their relationship. However, if one of two do not want to talk to anyone or cannot talk, one huge gap would appear between them. Looking into their daily tasks, a care person help patient’s tasks such as wearing, eating, going restroom, and walking around, but basically those tasks do not need conversation, in other words, “just doing their daily job”. This might be no problem for ordinary people, however, this is such a huge problem for those care people and patients. From my previous posting ’one story of my thesis’, one guy who is working mental hospital is claiming this “just doing their daily job”. This is not only for mental hospital, but also other care facilities, miscommunication influences even care people and both of their mental h...

  • Hospital061113_3_560_177_

    During the summer, I had to think about what I am going to do in my senior year. At that time, I was thinking more environmental issues and poor people in the world for the thesis before I meet her. My thinking was just vague idea and had no-focal point. At the mid of summer vacation, I had a chance to go back to Japan only one week. I could see a friend of mine that I have made since second high school. She is one of friends who know what other old friends are doing now.

    While we had a dinner, she started to talk about what other friends doing now and their situation. I already know that a few of other friends are working in public welfare, but I did not know what kind of welfare institution they belong. She told me that two of them are working in psychiatric facilities and taking care mental patients every day. I know those two men well, one guy was a pro-boxer until few years ago and another guy was a member of gang. They had some troubles during high school and always had too much energy. I was thinking they could be doing well in any area of job since they have enough stamina and patience.

    However, she let me know that they want to give up their job these days, because they have an invisible problem in working condition. Concretely, they could not sustain their mental health she said. They are working as care workers and stay with mental patients everyday. She finally told me the real voice of one of them when she had a chance to talk to him.

    In their conversation,...

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    Group members: Areum Joo, Emily Kim, Hironao Kato, Nicole Kung

    Project: Recoup Student: Jiyeoung Lim Problem: E-waste Irresponsible consumption and unsustainable product life cycle Mission: to lengthen lifespan of mobile phones NFP: Collective Good

    Strengths

    • The concept pinpoints a specific area of e-waste (cell phones)
    • Reuse, reduce, recycle
    • Designed to fit the general mass market

    Weaknesses

    • Solution

    ➢ Over complicated ➢ Very expensive to develop as an actual product ➢ Requires a redundant amount of transportation resource ➢ Cell phones are of incredibly high technology Parts are likely to be outdated by the time it reaches the manufacturers ➢ Not appealing to for-profit companies

    • Material

    ➢ Wood: issues with durability, sustainability, and conductivity. What happens to the plastic shells of used cell phones? ➢ Circuit board unlikely to be reused

    Proposed idea

    • Problem with current project

    ➢ Too expensive and difficult to manufacture ➢ Does not actually solve the issue regarding e-waste ➢ The design feasibility is questionable

    We recognize that Jiyeong’s main goal was to create an alternative use of e-waste. To help actualize her vision, we have broadened our scope to all types of circuit boards in addition to cell phones. Currently we have very limited resources to safely dispose of circuit boards, therefore we propose to up-cycle the e-waste into architectural material. With this solution, we hope to develop various means of transfe...

  • Hospital061113_3_560_177_

    During the summer, I had to think about what I am going to do in my senior year. At that time, I was thinking more environmental issues and poor people in the world for the thesis before I meet her. My thinking was just vague idea and had no-focal point. At the mid of summer vacation, I had a chance to go back to Japan only one week. I could see a friend of mine that I have made since second high school. She is one of friends who know what other old friends are doing now. While we had a dinner, she started to talk about what other friends doing now and their situation. I already know that a few of other friends are working in public welfare, but I did not know what kind of welfare institution they belong. She told me that two of them are working in psychiatric facilities and taking care mental patients every day. I know those two men well, one guy was a pro-boxer until few years ago and another guy was a member of gang. They had some troubles during high school and always had too much energy. I was thinking they could be doing well in any area of job since they have enough stamina and patience.

    However, she let me know that they want to give up their job these days, because they have an invisible problem in working condition. Concretely, they could not sustain their mental health she said. They are working as care workers and stay with mental patients everyday. She finally told me the real voice of one of them when she had a chance to talk to him, “Can you imagine people w...

  • Pic2_282__132_

    Group members: Areum Joo, Emily Kim, Hironao Kato, Nicole Kung

    Project: Recoup Student: Jiyeoung Lim Problem: E-waste Irresponsible consumption and unsustainable product life cycle Mission: to lengthen lifespan of mobile phones NFP: Collective Good

    Strengths

    * The concept pinpoints a specific area of e-waste (cell phones)
    * Reuse, reduce, recycle
    * Designed to fit the general mass market
    

    Weaknesses

    * Solution
    

    ➢ Over complicated ➢ Very expensive to develop as an actual product ➢ Requires a redundant amount of transportation resource ➢ Cell phones are of incredibly high technology Parts are likely to be outdated by the time it reaches the manufacturers ➢ Not appealing to for-profit companies

    * Material
    

    ➢ Wood: issues with durability, sustainability, and conductivity. What happens to the plastic shells of used cell phones? ➢ Circuit board unlikely to be reused

    Proposed idea

    * Problem with current project
    

    ➢ Too expensive and difficult to manufacture ➢ Does not actually solve the issue regarding e-waste ➢ The design feasibility is questionable

    We recognize that Jiyeong’s main goal was to create an alternative use of e-waste. To help actualize her vision, we have broadened our scope to all types of circuit boards in addition to cell phones. Currently we have very limited resources to safely dispose of circuit boards, therefore we propose to up-cycle the e-waste into architectural material. With this solution, we hope to develop various me...

  • TWiST

    Well-being

    Imagine the place where you spend most of you time each day. Where is it? “On the chair” Imagine it as you most want it to be…

    1What is your number 1 vision for change that will make it that way?

    Sitting on a chair, this is one of the worst postures for human’s body, but we need to sit on a chair to work. However, all human beings are all different, and nobody has same body, thus, we cannot have perfect chair for individual. Ideally, the chair can be adjustable in any form and any size that reduce the stress of sitting for a body.

    2After your number 1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit?

    If it is possible to focus a benefit, everyone is released from muscle pain and stress of sitting long time, and they could work effectively.

    3Give some example of what you can do (on your own/with a group) to make your vision

    From physical direction, use transformable material and design. But we can plan how we would produce many people as much as possible as a group. Or we can plan how to build it by people. We can provide idea and system, then people who like this might build by themselves.

    Imagine your neighborhood the way you most want it to be.

    4What is your number 1 vision for change that will make your neighborhood that way?

    People are working as a group and there is several levels of groups. Neighborhoods are one of small local community that is the closest to you or your family. In any culture, people care about its distance between you and others. Ideally, a ...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design