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Getting Out of The Car

How can Helen (seniors) get out from her car safely?

Photo of Nahla Khogeer
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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

Helen, a friend's mom

This device would benefit anyone who dislike getting out of bucket seats - whether in the car or elsewhere, and as a driver or a passenger.  We came up with this idea when giving a ride for our professor's advisor, but Jeannie's car didn't have a grab handle in the front of the car for a holdfast to help her get out of the car.  Being able to pivot easily and then get a gentle boost to get out of the bucket seat would not only help elderly, but pregnant women, or people in casts, as well.

This idea came from Jeannie's blood pressure cuff, and trying to get out of her bucket seat! But not at the same time.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Making a prototype and a pump to test the "feel" of the concept, and getting feedback from the local senior community, as well as anyone else, to refine and improve.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Comments, suggestions, referrals to pump resources would be great.

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A student collaboration

Tell us about your work experience:

We are grad students, MAIA (Industrial Design) studying at SFSU


Join the conversation:

Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Nahla, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

How about the image on the second to last side and maybe a short sentence or two as a description?

Photo of Jeannie Llewellyn

Yes, Kate, we are also making our prototype and have even tested the inflating part to "boost" one up out of the bucket car seat.

With a "+" & "-" button push the seat cushion would inflate or deflate and assist the seated passenger out of the seat after pivoting to face the door.

Just wait for the presentation of the diagram and prototype!

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