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Benjamin Chew

Benjamin Chew

Ever since I was young I always had an interest in creating things. It didn’t matter if I was making movies, writing stories, drawing made up characters or building castles out of cardboard, I enjoyed letting out my creativity. As an adult I have a passion for helping people and solving problems. At Humber I have learned the practical side of industrial design and have acquired new skillsets so that I can apply my imagination in a practical way. I've always been quite imaginative, and I hope to show that through my designs.

Meet Benjamin

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A short video about the designer.

The Four Essential Pillars for Design Excellence

The four essential pillars encompass human-centric design approach and the understanding of full-bodied, three dimensional physical interaction of user, product and environment. The projects generate innovative solutions using research-driven, evidence-based designs which focus on the user experience.

Enhancement of Human Lifestyle

The chair boosts the user’s serotonin levels naturally through therapeutic pressure and 4 different body exercises.

Salus can also connect the user to therapists and can record the user’s voice. This allows the user to vent out his/her problems and can act as a recorded journal for when a therapist is available.

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Human-Interaction & User-Centric Design

Salus meets the design criteria by interacting with more than three major external body-part areas.

By helping the user exercise, Salus utilizes the users’ arms, back, chest and legs. Salus allows the user to work out their entire body all from the comfort of their own smart chair.

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Ergonomics & Human Factors Design

Using smart technology similar to massage chairs, 6 rubber balls are located behind a fabric material and pushed forward to morph into the shape of the user’s spine.

The shape can be adjusted, which allows for the backseat to be flat for bench-press and other exercises. Adjustable armrests were also designed. Using automated controls, the armrests raise and lower according to need.

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Sustainability & Social Responsibility

Sustainability was implemented by using new materials such as Piñatex, durable polyurethane foam, and steel.

Piñatex helps the pineapple industry reduce their waste and creates a new biodegradable vegan leather for the chair. Steel is also one of the most sustainable building materials and is the most recycled material in the world.

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Salus - Physical & Mental Health Enhancing Smart Chair

Project Statement

Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are prevalent in the young adults of today’s western society. In recent years, the rate of depression has been increasing in young adults and continues to grow. Approximately 800,000 people lose their life to suicide every year, making it the second leading cause of death in 15 to 29-year olds. Substance abuse, major traumatic events, and changes in life stages are all common triggers for depression and anxiety. However, maladaptive coping methods such as excessive overthinking, withdrawal, and avoiding help are proven to be the primary causes. This is especially true in young adults where these traits are more common than any other age group. For these reasons, young adults are the primary target user for this project.

Thesis Summary Motion Presentation

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A video about the journey, process and features of Salus.

3D Design Development & Modeling

CAD Modeling Video

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A short video about the CAD development process and rendered animations created on KeyShot.

Physical Model Video

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A short video about the 1:4 scale 3D printed physical model.

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