Students’ Pill Pal, HugGloves to Assist the ElderlyBy Boscia, Ted; Scientific Computing,
Publication Date: December 13, 2010
Article features 4 assistive products designed to aid seniors and people with disabilities in their activities of daily living. Designed by Fiber Science and Apparel Design students at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, the innovations include (1) the Pill Pal, a watch with 3 compartments for pills that reminds wearers to take their medicine; (2) a shoe powered by a wireless battery that keeps the wearer’s feet at the optimal temperature and improves circulation; (3) the Push-Up, a portable seat cushion that gently raises a person from an armless chair; and (4) HugGloves, battery powered lightweight gloves made from a carbon based fabric that conducts electricity to stimulate the hands and alleviate the symptoms of arthritis while the wearer sleeps. The students developed their products with input from seniors and integrated sustainable components into their designs, with recycled aluminum being used in constructing the Push-Up cushion and an implanted piezoelectric generator recharging the heating shoe battery from the movement of walking feet.
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