Date
September 22, 2019
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In the world where everyone is trying to design profit-making products, where the aim is to serve the maximum number of people, few are left out.

I understand that designing something for less no. of people is not profitable but these people deserve better ways.

Even they deserve an equal opportunity.

I’ve designed an assistive device for people who don’t have a thumb to help them to write. You must be wondering why these people and why writing? I’ve focused on an ignored area.

Yes, people have created plenty of prosthetic and assistive devices, but they cost a lot and not all of them can afford them.

Researchers have found that when you try to write something it actually gets engraved onto your brain and helps you to remember.

In the education system here in India, we are supposed to write our exams till graduation. Writing is an essential skill in education, work, and personal life. It helps you to share your thoughts, feelings, and ideas with others.

The aim of the project was to make it cost below 1000 INR i.e. 14.38 USD. The final product was manufactured in less than 500 INR i.e. 7.19 USD.

The final product consists of a combination of 3D Printing and Velcro. The manufacturing technique and parts for the product are easily available in most of the cities.

People in need can *Download-for-FREE*get it 3d printed for them. They can buy the rest of the parts in less than 50 INR i.e. 0.72 USD. All the necessary instructions of assembly and usage will be provided while you download the product file.

There are places where 3d printing is not available. For those places as well as for people who cannot afford that much amount of 3d printing cost, I’ve designed a DIY product. This DIY product can be made out of an A4 drawing sheet and a tape. That’s it. It will cost them less than 20 INR i.e. 0.29 USD.

Both right handed and left handed people can use this product. It can adapt to different finger dimensions, i.e. anthropometrical dimensions are well considered.

The product not only helps them to write but draw also. It also helps them to hold spoon which may help them to eat. It may also help them to paint.

The product is not only useful for people who have lost thumb but also for them who don’t have enough strength in the thumb. When I user tested it, the user did not have thumb and index finger as well.

“Disabled People get used to the Daily Life and they manage to do everyday tasks, but as Product Designers it’s our responsibility to design Better Ways for them.”

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