Global Innovation Challenge 2021 - Winning Solutions
We invite you to be inspired by these amazing solutions that were created during the TOM Global Innovation Challenge 2021:
Grand Prize Winners
Drawing Dreams (Israel)
A constructive element which supports the hand, wrist, palm, and arm of Shani, a 5.5-year-old girl who loves drawing and playing.
The device creates tension between Shani’s lower and upper arm, creating a stable posture for the hand in a variable adjustable way so she can draw, play and eat independently.
This solution was developed by an all-woman team of students from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology together with Shani’s mother Orit.
One-2-Go Adaptive Toilet Seat (USA)
The “One-2-Go” is a portable adaptive toilet seat that is designed to allow 16-year-old Bower to use the restroom more independently when traveling. It is strong, light, durable, and adjustable, making it extremely portable and adaptable to almost any bathroom.
This solution was developed by the TOM community in New Orleans in close cooperation with Bower’s mother Jennifer.
Talker Mount (Germany/Spain)
The Talker Mount is a 3D-printed frame and electronic mechanism that lifts and lowers a talker tablet attached to a wheelchair table. With this mechanism, Franziska is now able to control the wheelchair and use the talker without help from a caregiver.
This solution was developed by the TOM community in Ingolstadt Germany and Madrid, Spain in cooperation with Stiftung ICP Munich Rehabilitation hospital.
Best Inclusive Design
Single-handed Cutting Board (Israel)
The Single-handed Cutting Board is simple, cheap, and easy to manufacture, made of metal handles attached to an existing flexible cutting board and a vegetable holder that attaches to the center of the board, allowing cutting and transferring vegetables to a bowl with one hand. This solution allows people with limited mobility (stroke patients, for example), to cut vegetables and other food items using only one hand.
This solution was designed by a team of students from Holon Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design department as part of the "Fixperts" course. It was developed with and for Shiri in cooperation with the Therapeutic Kitchen team at Loewenstein rehabilitation hospital in Israel.
Best Accessible Design
Friendly Access Pull Out Plug (Singapore)
The Friendly Access Pull Out Plug is a simple solution made of a velcro strap attached to a 3D printed base adhered to an electric plug which allows for easy extraction from any socket. It was designed with and for Lina, an elderly woman in Singapore who has limited dexterity in her hands, and was struggling to pull out cable plugs and sort them out while taking care of her house.
Quadriplegic’s Grabber Tool (USA)
The Quadriplegic's Grabber Tool is a system comprising an arm brace with 3D printed grabber attachment storage brackets. It is inexpensive, customizable, easy to attach when needed, and easy to store when finished. The tool’s open-source geometry allows for a community of users to create custom-made tools.
This solution was designed with and for Analy Perez, a designer who uses a wheelchair, with limited use of her hands, who wanted to manipulate small items