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Questions Assumptions & Plans
heat, cold(salt on the road will corrode metal), humidity, sun exposure, rain, wind
transportation(bike, bicycle, bus, walking)
what is considered cool or attractive
what is considered frightening or shameful
politics/ government funding or support
kneeling, bending, light lifting
personal physical build
Need statistics about the developing countries with the most users in need for access and ability
About Insurance operations
Due to cutbacks in medicaid a lot of funding was lost for prothetic users and the companies that created them- some went bankrupt
Need to do more research about this
About not for profits/ charities
Range of Motion project
Hope to Walk
Should try calling representatives of these companies to inquire about how they go about partnering with different companies and why.
Here is a list of all international groups
Where do they get their funding and how much funding is there?
The Given Limb Foundation
The Hanger Ivan R Sable Foundation
More able bodied, but also more active and working
Physical labor is a means of making a living for caring for self or family
Manual labor jobs involve standing for long periods
Moving fast and slow over large distances
lifting equal or more weight to body
using heavy equipment
being in close proximity to dangerous scenarios and equipment
Needs more support & comfort
showering, bending over, kneeling down(prayer), sitting down are all points of vulnerability
may need to use a wheelchair but too prideful to
More vulnerable to infection
Ohio Willow wood (since 1907)
check out OMEGA-
OTTOBOCK since 1919
Brand -Respectful, engaged, human, authentic, playful, open-minded, enterprising and bold
dedicates some of its efforts to the environment ...the company uses unmixed recycling systems for metals and plastics as a standard
Ossur since 1971
the Company works with individuals, clinicians and diverse communities to support a better quality of life for millions of people around the world
brand is "life without limitations"
Honesty, Frugality and Courage-values
organized their solutions into three categories...
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 became effective on January 1, 2012. The act declares that slavery and human trafficking are crimes under state, federal, and international law and requires that retailers and manufacturers doing business in the state of California disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chain
Noted for manufacturing practices
supplies links for grants and charity funding...
offers online education about their products...
This needs to be elaborated upon to find what has been tried and did not work
o&p since 2003
This needs to be elaborated on to find what other companies did not do
185,000 new amputees yearly, 2 million total
40 Million people are in need of prosthetics globally and only 5% have options
Use existing manufacturing techniques and systems to create a innovation bridge to connect more users
Knee – $80 cheap $800-$4000
Pylon – Negligible cost <$20
Tube clamp - $20-60
Foot $45 - $2000
Socket - $3,000-$7000
mostly labor costs
Need to look into shipping/assembly/manufacturing processes to better explain cost of each piece
Challenges (also see questions/ goals)
Hygiene – Access to clean water,
Unemployed customer base living on ~$1/day
Metal 5 year life
Some cultures rest in a squatting position
Atrophy of leg muscles
How to contain the tissue in the socket so it doesn’t push out.
Consider body weight and load of carrying weight and G-forces
Our users will be adults
prothesis replacement/ or part replacement
Several factors will affect the lifetime of a prosthesis, such as changes in the patient’s weight, a change in the patient’s needs, and wear and tear on the device. In general, a prosthetic device can last months or years
often the socket is what need to be replaced most often
Business will be for-profit
need a defining map of business structure
value definitions? what is our brand?/ what is our message?
Who do we create/work for/with and how do we prioritize them?
if not a linear list what does the cycle/ web look like?
Value defines us as workers and co-workers
values and brand explain our intent and comfort the potential partners and users
who do we connect and how do we connect them? Why is our 'ecosystem' better than others already existing?
selling to insurance companies , lower income communities, and individuals who have spare legs
sell aesthetic pieces and give proceeds to give back to vulnerable communities
build out of recyclable materials
-Prosthesis that is anatomic
-Low cost but modern and consistent with international accepted standards
-Available and accessible
-Durable, comfortable, and easy for patients to use(adjustable/intuitive) and maintain
-Easy for technicians to learn, use, and repair
-Standardized but compatible with the climate in different world regions
literacy and graphics