Skills: User Research, Physical Prototyping
Bump is a non-profit design studio in Champaign, IL that I volunteered at during winter 2011 and spring 2012 and interned at during the summer after my freshman year of college. As a volunteer, I most often was helping to assemble the different components of their adult size OpenSocket arms, an affordable and adjustable alternative to a custom made prosthetic arm for third world amputees, that they distributed through clinics in Central America and India.
A box of OpenSockets being packed away to be shipped off to a partner clinic in India.
During the summer months, I worked on researching and began prototyping child-sized prosthetics. My research process included reading research on and stories from childhood amputees, talking with the founders about child amputees they had met while working in field, studying child growth rates and expected sizes in the countries BUMP worked in, and going through a competitive analysis of other alternatives available to child amputees. This research carried over to our design process where we made a number of changes to the adult arm design including creating features that would make the arm easy to adjust in both length and width as the child grew, coming up with correct sizing divisions for different age groups, and allowing for color changes and the addition of custom patches so children could make the arm feel more like their own.
Different variations of the adult OpenSocket arms, which come in small, medium, and large sizes.