Tatiana Theoto and Elcio Fiordelisio are future engineers at the University of São Paulo. They attended the PACE Annual Forum for the Personal Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) competition - and described their experience as "mind blowing". Their school was part of PAMD Team 2 along with the Art Center College of Design, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Jilin University, Hochschule RheinMain and New Mexico State University.
The team called its PAMD CubO and said it was designed “out of the box”. The device literally folded out of a box.
One of the lessons learned Tatiana and Elcio shared with me was how much this real-world competition challenged them to accept different ways of thinking and realizing when your own idea may not be the best for the product and the team. If you know Spanish, learn more in their PACE – Escola Politécnica da USP blog.
The team used Tecnomatix Jack for human engineering simulation. Their report noted:
“Jack enables analysis aimed to improve the safety, efficiency, and comfort of the user of the product, and additionally includes important parameters pertaining to injury risk, user comfort, reachability, and fatigue.”
The human engineering tests included a quality function deployment matrix and handlebar testing. Team 2’s test drive had a crash out of the starting line so simulation of driving conditions will likely be added in the future ;-).
I'll leave you with the original teaser video for the cubo: