Xinyi Wang (Chelsea)
I am the type of person who is curious about knowledge in various areas. I majored in physics as an undergraduate, but I generated an interest in product design when I saw that some design works could be designed that way. Creative and innovative designs fascinate me, which requires me to keep observing social issues and to keep learning cutting-edge technology and knowledge. I want to enter this industry after the PDE programme.
Lateral Raise-Wheelchair Users
In my major project, I am focusing on the health issues faced by wheelchair users. The research shows that up to 80% of wheelchair users have undergone shoulder impingement due to overuse of the shoulder. Medical advice suggests doing exercises to avoid stiffness and strengthen shoulder muscles. However, it is difficult for wheelchair users to use the equipment in gym as the current market rarely considers specific requirements and constraints for wheelchair users.
My design is to develop indoor fitness equipment which is suitable and easily used by wheelchair users. This equipment allows wheelchair users to exercise shoulder muscles. The design process places an emphasis on human factors and ergonomics. My motivation for this project stems from the lack of attention and available solutions in the market for disabled people.