Muscular dystrophy also called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a Genetic, hereditary muscle disease that cause progressive muscle weakness, teens with this type of disease does not survive past their late teens and early adulthood. One of the problems that they have could be the lack of sociability they have with other people, they usually tend to not interact too much with society because they think they are different from others and depend from others. Scientists besides trying to get the cure for this disease by implementing new types of technologies they are also trying to get the patients to incorporate them to the society with different types of activities. High tables for public places, a new type of computer capable of writing what the user says, a digital pen capable of transferring information wrote on a digital paper to a computer are some of the products that exist in these days for them. One of the reasons I decide to make this project is because my cousin has DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) and I think that there isn’t a variety of products available for them to interact with others. I will try to design interactive furniture or a product to help them feel more independent in their life. My next step will be getting more information about their needs.
Some videos and information about this disease.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzftMcvplTc&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5zJ9sGtcdE&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWachrbiU58&feature=related http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.lifetool.at/rte/upload/integramouse/imlogomaxlowres.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.lifetool.at/showcontent.php%3Fsid%3D218&h=252&w=480&sz=33&hl=en&start=24&um=1&usg=__y5VfPaAXVtKvgf8nKMSHR965ozc=&tbnid=xY4wA1IZjkko3M:&tbnh=68&tbnw=129&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmuscular%2Bdystrophy%2Bcomputer%2Bhelp%26start%3D18%26ndsp%3D18%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN