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Brian Pham

Ever since I was a child, I always had the time of my life creating objects using legos, and expanding my creative thinking. I still bring that fun, enthusiastic energy into every project I work on. I thought Mechanical engineering was the right way to go but I am so glad I got pushed into this stream of design. Every product we and every object we see tells a story and I like to be a part of the process. To see your creation from 2D to 3D is a surreal experience. Being able to hold your own product that you made with your own hands is what it means to be an Industrial Designer.

Meet Brian Pham

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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

People diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) are at danger of harming themselves due to the consistent tremors and constant shaking when crossing uneven terrain due to a lack of walking support and suspension.

This leaves people with PD to lose interest losing interest in getting exercise which puts a strain on their mental health. Providing the ability for people with PD to walk without putting all their attention into their step is worth studying because of the potential it has to help motor (balance, gait, strength) and non motor functions (apathy, fatigue, depression) aspects of the disease. FLINGO is intended to rectify the user's full mobility of the lower limbs by improving balance during walking while making sure the user is taking long strides to feel confidently independent.

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Human-Interaction & User-Centric Design

FLINGO’s app monitors the distance of each foot placement with its built in gyroscope, accelerometer and goniometer near the lower half of the exoskeletons.

This is done to let FLINGO know how much power the device should input for every step. Trekking stick supports can be used if they require extra support for balancing. The weight of the user is dispersed throughout the forearms to release the strain on the wrist. Doing so makes it easier for the user to disperse their weight while also having the same amount of control in their hands.

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Ergonomics & Human Factors Design

FLINGO incorporates rumble motors for the user to be able to receive feedback throughout the exoskeleton, traveling from the hips all the way to the shins.

Having a haptic feedback system vibrating across the lower half of the body gives the signal on how big the step was. Smaller steps would result in smaller vibrations indicating that larger steps would need to be taken to improve gait.

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Sustainability & Social Responsibility

The materials FLINGO uses have been selected for their durability and reutilization cycle.

This ensures that if broken down, the device can be put back into the system for more products to be made. 3D printed handles are sculpted to the user’s hand and can be replaced as well as the interchangeable footing for different terrain.

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FLINGO- Stabilizing Walk Assisting Exoskeleton

Project Summary

Walking on nature trails is a wonderful way to conduct cardio and maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, those who are physically impaired, often patients suffering from hypokinetic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, face the risk of falling when approaching the outdoors. This is due to lack of walking equipment that offer little support and suspension made for uneven terrain. Those who have limited mobility rely on external aid in case of any injuries. How can we improve the nature trail experience for the physically challenged? Keeping these patients safe, comfortable and energetic would allow them to experience a better walking experience and promotes healthy living and a healthy mindset. In turn, this would create a productive and active union of healthy people and decrease the number of unhealthy individuals. This thesis evaluates the needs of the physically impaired and improves upon current mobility instruments through innovative thinking, in-depth ergonomic study and analysis of their maneuverability through the help of certain doctors and specialists that concentrate on movements of the lower muscle group. The result of the studies will maximize the impact of better quality living. Interviews and observational studies will provide details for a better understanding of user behavior. A one-to-one scale model will assist in establishing guidelines of necessary ergonomics and evaluate the correct full-bodied human interaction points. A solution will be developed for the physically impaired to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking.

Thesis Summary Motion Presentation

FLINGO

FLINGO is a walk assisted support solution that combines a high torque motor with haptic and visual guidance for the uneven outside environment. This allows walking to be an approachable exercise for those who are physically impaired.

Thesis Development Process

Poster showing the full design and development process of FLINGO

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3D Design Development & Modeling

CAD Modeling Video

FLINGO 3D Model

All CAD models, animations, and renderings all came from Solidworks version 2021.

Physical Model Video

FLINGO Physical model

1:3 scaled model of the entire project. Made with my own personal printer, sanded down the highest grit of sandpaper and coated with the classic Rustoleum primer. I guess you'll have to wait to see my final polished model at the show!

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