Alex Hang Chuek HoIndustrial Design & Technology BA
Muscle weakness within the older adult population is one of the major contributors to a fall, especially lower extremity weakness escalating the risk up to four times. Studies have shown that certain muscles located in the lower extremities (Tibialis Anterior, Gastrocnemius and Soleus) contribute to balance, stability and blood circulation. When weak, these can lead an individual to become unstable on their feet and have a higher risk of falling along with poor circulation while remaining sedentary for long periods of time. L.E.E aims to tackle this issue through muscle stimulation and strengthening, thus reducing the risk of a fall for the older population by innovatively initiating the dorsi/plantar flexion's (pointing toes up and toes down) of the foot and providing resistance. L.E.E uses human-factor-centred design techniques with an iterative design process in order to offer a minimalist design approach that further aims to remove the negative connotations associated with these types of products. Furthermore L.E.E exhibits an intuitive grip pad and aesthetics to differentiate between where human interaction and mechanical functions take place, by using sharp geometric lines in conjunction with soft filleted curvatures.