The objective for this project was to collaborate with the Dental Hygiene and Occupational Therapy faculties to understand oral health needs, and analyze the activity for teeth brushing among older adults with early dementia. We were then to design or propose a solution that facilitates independence in teeth brushing among this population.
After extensive research into our assigned demographic, we decided to design a highly interactive system that utilized motion sense technology to guide the user through the steps required to accomplish the task. We also placed emphasis on the ergonomics of the toothbrush handle as well as the placement of motion trackers to communicate with the interface system.
The final design incorporates an ergonomic handle which guides users to brush without disrupting markers located at the bottom of the handle. The curving form of the brush provides gripping comfort for individuals using the brush, whether it be independently or with assistance.
This project was an excellent introduction to the importance of collaborating with different disciplines when developing a product. The knowledge and experience of the Occupational Therapists gave our group invaluable understanding throughout design process and allowed us to solve the given medical issue with appropriate design.
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