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The Smart Shower is designed to enable individuals to shower independently with the use of only one hand. The device ensures safety, remaining stable in a fixed position with the help of an antilock system. The Smart Shower device consists of 14 major parts. The arc is constructed of ¾” copper tubing bent to create a 180-degree arc 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 then clamped into a custom-made aluminum canister. Inside this canister sits an aircraft engine valve spring, which creates a force perpendicular to the arc, allowing the arc to remain stationary in any position. The force that this spring creates is not greater than the force needed to change its position. The user can move the arc to any position and it will remain in that position. The aluminum canister is fixed to a ball joint apparatus, which allows the arc to rotate and swivel. The ball joint is rigidly 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 water feed hose is a 200 psig. Safety hose coiled to prevent binding during use. The total cost of this device is $408.00.
Notes: Designers: Justin Goldstein, Adam Krause and T. M. Kaikobad http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2005/SUNY%20Stony%20Brook.pdf State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Mechanical Engineering 113 Light Engineering Building Stony Brook, New York 11794-2300
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