Innovative Aid Design of Moving Kitchenware for Elders

Fong Gong Wu, Hsiao Han Sun, Yu Chi Lin

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Abstract

Elders mostly suffer from degeneration, which causes problems of their daily lives. Aging has become a big issue of scientific researches nowadays. Elders mostly live alone or alone with their spouse. Since they prefer cooking themselves to eating out, cooking still plays an important role of their lives. Associated with high temperature, cooking behaviours are known to be high-risk tasks in our houses. Heavy kitchenware may also enhance the risk of suffering from carpal tunnel syndromes. With the lost of muscle mass and the cognitive degeneration, it will be far more dangerous for elders work in the kitchen. Morphological functional innovation is a method combined with functional innovation and morphological chart. The process of this method is to analyse functions of current products, and then re-compose these functions by morphological chart after adding expected new functions. Solutions were filtered by the method Analysis of Interconnected Decision Areas (AIDA), and use Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to chose the final solution. For the result, a glove, wristband and elbow band composes this wearing aid system. In this wearing aid system, we reformed the glove by adding ribbons, so as to imitate the muscle structure of our palm and forearm in an easy way. Our idea is to make a wearing system that has the same function with our hand muscles. Similar to the “exoskeleton” concept, our design is pretty much like an “exomuscle” system. In this research, we have also evaluated our wearing aid system. We determine the difference before and after wearing our system by collecting and analysing the EMG data. Experiments have shown that our exomuscle system does have some effects. The results show that the difference before and after wearing the exomuscle system is significant, and mutual effect happened. We have collected data from biceps, flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS) and flexor carpi radialis (FCR), and after wearing the aid system, the loading of FDS and Biceps reduces while the loading of FCR increases. The loading decrease of FDS tells us that the aid certainly helps grip power, and the loading increase of FCR reveals that it may cause more ulnar deviation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6266-6273
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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