The purpose of our sharktank project is to aid seniors in an aspect of life that everyone has difficultyin. We created a portable chair, where a cane can be attached and detached.This way, seniors can take a seat anywhere while still having the cane forsupport.
Having grandparents of our own, it was a common complaint among themthat it was often hard to find a place to sit in public places and even if theywere fortunate enough to find any, the seats would be too hard and providediscomfort which opposes the purpose of a chair. The portable cane chair as wecall it, eliminates the problems complained by seniors by letting them be ableto sit on a comfortable chair wherever they want. It is portable, lightweight,and provides mobility aid that a cane offers with the comfort and rest providedby a chair. For theelderly, comfort is vital and a necessity in seats as theyspend a majority of their day sitting due to their mobility declining with age.
As people get older, their muscles tend to become weaker and fatigue quickly.This limits their endurance to participate in physical activities or even simpleactivities. In result, when the elderly try to exercise to maintain their health,they find discomfort and pain. This is the reason why it is essential for themto have a chair available wherever they are, while using the cane for supportwhen moving around,Currently on the market, many of the productsare just portable chairs.
However, seniors don’t want to carry a chair whereverthey go, while also having to buy a separate cane. There are some products onthe market that are similar to ours, by combing a chair and a cane, but thereare many attributes which makes our product better than its competition.First, our product is very portable because ofthe removability of the cane and seat, making it lightweight. The products onthe market are so bulky and heavy, that the cane cannot be used comfortably. Inaddition, other similar products have a model that requires the cane to be putin front of the person when sitting which is very uncomfortable and distractingwhen doing other activities.
In comparison, our model solves this issue bymaking the cane detachable and thus removing the cane from the person’s view. Ourproduct can also be used as a cane or a chair separately instead of being fixedinto a combination which makes its usability not only limited to the elderly,but anyone of age. In our product, littleeffort is needed and has a very simple design, making the usability and accessibilityvery good. The person using our product can learn how to use it without anyinstruction and doesn’t need additional help, as it is very self-explanatory. Theonly work required is taking out the cane when they need to sit and putting onthe chair seat which is very simple and doesn’t require a lot of force.
Thisway, even if a senior has limitations in gripping or holding on to things, theyshouldn’t have any problem. Also, because of how portable and lightweight itis, the elderly will have no problem carrying it around with them. It makes itvery accessible for one to bring it with them throughout their everyday lifewithout having to feel pain by taking it everywhere they go. Even though it islightweight, it is still sturdy enough to support anyone using our chair. Wemade sure that our product can be used for anyone, even if they have certainlimitations that prevent them from using it. Ever since we were able to walk as a kid, wewould always find it tiring to walk for a long time or even stand in place whilewaiting in line for something. Especially in lines for rides at an amusementpark, people have to wait in line for at least two hours.
When thinking of anidea, we realized that if we couldn’t stand the pain as young strong kids,there is no way the elderly could. We couldn’t imagine what it must be like forthe elderly to walk or stand up for a long period of time. For example, ourgroup member’s grandfather has back problems which makes it difficult for himto walk for a long period of time without having multiple stops to take a seatand catch his breath again. His grandfather has always had back problems butsometimes that wouldn’t be the biggest problem. For instance, he needed to takea seat to get some rest, but there was no seat nearby for him to sit. Hethought of maybe carrying a small chair with him when he would go somewhere,but carrying a chair would eventually tire anyone out which would result in noone wanting to carry the chair anymore. After thinking about portable chairs,we remembered that canes are commonly used to help the elderly walk.
So then wethought about what it would it be like to have a cane that his grandfathercould use to walk and also provide a chair if he ever needed to take a seat.With a chair always with him wherever he goes, he can still take a seatwhenever he wants and never have to worry about seats nearby or having to fightfor a seat. While it may seem like a problem only his grandpa faces, there aremillions of elderly around the world that struggle with this same problem.