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PALM

Inclusive Hair Straightener

Consumer Hardware

Health & Assistive Design

Product Design

User-Centered

Electronics

Beauty 

Co-Designers

Lori Cyr

Occupational Therapy Coordinator/Clinical Resource Therapist

Mary Pack Arthritis Program and OASIS Vancouver

Denise Kendrik

Occupational Therapist

MS Clinic UBC

Problem Space 

Self-expression allows one to distinguish themselves from others and validate their own ideas. Many individuals with different musculoskeletal disorders, like Arthritis and Muscular dystrophy, lose the ability to style their hair.

While some don't see physical appearance as a necessity, these barriers can become detrimental to others.

Approach 

Palm was created through an extensive iterative process of

research and prototyping. It emerged through co-designing with occupational therapists who helped evaluate

what the key pain points were in hair styling. With all of that in mind, I began prototyping with foam, wood, and computer aided design and 3D printing. 

Each step in the prototyping phase was met with user testing and deliberation. All to insure the most comfortable and easy user experience.

Outcome

Palm is an inclusive design hair styling tool that empowers

individuals, who have limited hand mobility, with the capability

to style their own hair.

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Pain Points: 

The struggles that individuals face when it come to hair styling can be attributed to three main pain points
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Restricted joint flexion and extension
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Weak grip strength 
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Muscle spasticity
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Scroll down to see the innovative features that Palm brings to hair styling!
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