The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched the Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge.
It’s a challenge to mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and other designers to contribute initial designs for better prosthetic devices and assistive technology.
Prosthetic devices act as a replacement for a part of the body. Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, software or computer system used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability.
The idea is to accelerate development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities.
The Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge has four goals.
- Improve patient care and quality of life for our Veterans and their supporters.
- Create an open ecosystem of designs of prosthetics + assistive technologies.
- Demonstrate the value of rapid prototyping and co-creation to develop personalized technologies for Veterans and infuse practices into everyday healthcare processes.
- Spread awareness of VA’s prosthetics + assistive technologies capabilities.
The official launch of the Innovation Creation Series took place on May 15 at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center.
A list of the challenge areas facing veterans is posted on the Innovation Creation Series website.
- Develop novel upper extremity devices at the end of the prosthesis for daily use.
- Create a medication pill box that allows the flexibility to hold medications that need to be taken up to 8 times a day with a reminder system for each time medication needs to be taken.
- Design a device to remotely change the speed and grip strength of a prosthetic device for our Veterans with upper extremity injuries.
- Create a way to reassign motions and buttons on gaming controllers to provide alternative access for veterans who are using them in therapy to improve eye hand coordination, fine motor control and/or range of motion.
- Create a device that can dampen tremors when someone is performing fine motor tasks.
From May through June, the online open innovation challenge website will have:
- Online video + training tools on designing + prototyping
- Experimental engagement via lpsos Girls Lounge PopUp Box
- Link to a shared repository of design
Designers, engineers, and others can contribute initial design solutions to the posted challenges – by using the tools provided by Innocentive and GrabCad, which are both online open innovation challenge sites.
The VA Innovation Creation Series will accept proposed solutions submitted through the end of June.
The VA Innovation Creation Series will culminate in a 2-day Make-a-Thon Finale event on July 28-29 at the Richmond VA Medical Center where the online designs will be built and tested to showcase how they meet the needs of Veterans and service members.
This event is also supported by the Ipsos Girls’ Lounge Collaborators: GE, Google, Toyota, and Hino Trucks.