Development of a transportable device to facilitate access for people with reduced mobility
During water sports activities (kayaking, sit up paddling, floating devices) in a “natural” environment, lakeside, ocean or river, the transfer of PRMs onto their device can be tedious and even more so after the activity, when they disembark. This complexity during the launching process results in a limitation or even an impossibility to accept PRMs during nautical activities. This reduces their access to activities and impacts on their physical condition. The aim of the project was to design a device to facilitate access to the water and to provide a system to reduce the effort required by the supervisors. A multidisciplinary team, consisting of engineers, students, therapists, water experts and PRMs worked on the design of this device.
During the design phase, the system specifications were first defined including the system constraints and the main functionalities. Subsequently, the team prepared and conducted measurements and field experiments. The measurements and findings were then used to design the device. Several design iterations were carried out and the final concept was evaluated by experts for accessibility and therapeutic purposes.