by Saif Haobsh (MDE ’19), Erin McLean (MDE ’19)
Aging in place requires distinct kinds of tools and provisions for mobility, many of which have ergonomic constraints or implications. For this project, design a prosthetic, broadly considered, that enhances mobility.
We looked specifically at the case of people affected by Bell’s palsy, a temporary unilateral facial paralysis disease that has a high recovery rate within six to nine months. We designed a conceptual subdermal/wearable hybrid device that could reanimate the paralyzed side of a face based on muscle data from the nominal side. Our goal is for this device to be used to enable better emotional communication, as well as physical therapy treatment to prevent muscle degradation.