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2014

List of projects undertaken in the year 2014. This includes volunteer, capstone, and class projects.

Hair Washer

Leo Mitchell

The Need

Individuals with physical deformities suffer from the inability to complete simple daily tasks that many take for granted. Washing your hair and eating are two of the many daily tasks that require hands that most people don’t even think twice about. People born without hands or arms have an especially difficult time because so many tasks require the use of your hands. In some instances, getting help can be frustrating or even embarrassing for people. Having someone come to the bathroom and help with showering or brushing teeth is a struggle that can be eliminated.

The Project

This project aims to solve one of the many struggles in the life of someone without arms. This hair washing system will enable any individual who is unable to wash their hair without help to easily complete this simple task. This system will incorporate a shampoo dispenser, scrubbing tools, and combing tools. Currently, various methods of scrubbing are being investigated to find a good balance between functionality and cost for the overall system. The next steps will be to create up to three different prototypes to experiment with to identify a final design to move forward with.

Current Status

This project is in progress.