Every year, Open Style Lab assembles a 10-week research program that teams designers, engineers, and occupational therapists to create functional, yet stylish wearable solutions with and for people with disabilities. This year’s program ran from June 10-August 13th with thirteen fellows that were chosen from Design (D), Engineering (E), and Occupational Therapy (OT) and assigned to one of four clients: Team Michael, Team Eliza, Team Justin, and Team Jim. Four Mentors were chosen to help guide the fellows throughout the process. On Saturday, August 13th, four extraordinary clients and 13 talented fellows showcased their final wearable solutions at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA. The following is a brief description of the final products created by each team.
Team Mike: Versacoat is an adaptive, multi-season jacket that provides full weather protection and durability during propelled movement or wheelchair transfer. Its many pockets can securely hold a user’s everyday necessities. Designed with a back hemline that ends at the wheelchair seat and elongated front for leg coverage, this jacket is ideal for wheelchair users who are looking to span casual wear and work wear.
Team Jim: SUITable is an adaptive sport coat that is designed to be adjustable for continuous thermal comfort. The coat features front flaps that are easily opened and closed for increased ventilation, as well as magnetic closures with hidden pockets for maximum adjustability by individuals with limited dexterity. The coat is designed to stretch for easier don and doff, as well as unrestricted movement.
Learn more at http://www.openstylelab.com/.
Photos are courtesy of Ana Novak taken at the MIT Museum for the Open Style Lab Fellow Presentation on 8/13/2016.