Smart ShowerBy Goldstein, Justin; Krause, Adam; Kaikobad, T.M.; NSF 2005 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 198-199
Publication Date: 2005
Description of a shower device which enables individuals to shower independently with the use of only one hand. The Smart Shower consists of 14 major parts. The arc is constructed of ¾” copper tubing bent into a 180-degree arch with a 30” diameter. At each end, a 360-degree range nozzle is fixed perpendicularly to the arc facing the other nozzle. The arc is clamped into an aluminum canister inside which is an aircraft engine valve spring, which creates a force perpendicular to the arc, allowing the arc to remain stationary. The aluminum canister is fixed to a ball joint apparatus which allows the arc to rotate and swivel. The ball joint is mounted to the shower wall at mid-chest level. The water feed is located at one end of the arc to allow a full translation. The arc is self-contained so that only one water inlet is needed to supply two outlet nozzles. Due to low water pressure nozzles and ½” fittings diffused to ¾” tubing, the pressure drop between the two nozzles is negligible. The Smart Shower was developed at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2005/SUNY%20Stony%20Brook.pdf