TOM:TLV 2015


  • Tel Aviv Israel

Gamification Rehabilitation: Create a way to turn chores into a game that can be used for rehabilitation. As part of the rehabilitation process, patients are required to perform simple and often boring actions every day. In fact, that is the reason most people quit therapy and their healing process stops. Combining physical therapy with a Pong game makes the process fun, and drives the patient to continue treatment.  This project was a co-operation between Beit Lewintien hospital and Intel Israel, and is the winner of the Sivan Prize for Scalability.

Turning Pages in a Book: Sefi Udi, who is paralyzed from the neck down, asked for our help in developing a system that will allow him to turn pages in a book. The Accessi Book is a small machine that turns pages using an office rubber band wrapped around a wheel and a small holder that was 3-D printed. This product costs less than $50 and can be self manufactured by any maker. This project is the winner of the Deloitte Prize for Affordability.

Knock Knock: this product enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to know if there is a response after they knock on a door. The use of a stethoscope, a smart-phone, and a voice detector helps them communicate with others. With the help of these tools, one can hear and detect what is being said on the other side of a door and also as an alert if someone is calling them as they walk down the corridor of the hotel. This project was a co-operation between the Hilton Hotel Tel Aviv and the Israeli Air Force Industries, and is the winner The Reut Institute Prize for Community Integration.

Crutches: This project is design to help users in two ways: (a) a solution for cell phone operation while using crutches (b) relieve pressure in the shoulders while using crutches. This project takes the crutches to the 21st century. The old crutches are not compatible, not ergonomic enough and haven’t changed for a century. These new crutches are connected to a computer and send data about the user to the physician such as heart rate, pressure point and effort in hands, level of stability etc. - all through their smart-phone. Now users can answer their calls without any effort and open their car door. This project is the winner of the TOM:TLV Prize for Innovation.

Active Wheelchair: a designed solution that helps individuals like Liron to lessen the pressure on his legs through movement. This prototype works on an Arduino computer and a small motor enabling the legs on the pedals to move and release the pressure from them. This solution is easily added to a standard wheelchair and runs on regular electricity. This project, created again with the help of the Israeli Air Force Industries, is the winner of The ROI Community Prize for Collaborative Competition.

Hand On: A designed prosthetic that gives users feedback. While using a prosthetic, the user cannot feel the objects he is holding. The cup of water might be too hot, the gripping of the strawberry too strong and of the glass too weak. This solution can change the lives of people by allowing them to feel again, in the forearm, back or other parts of the body. This project is the winner of the Spark Prize for Smart Development.

Hand Tremors: People who have hand tremors have trouble performing simple daily tasks, such as eating and using computer keyboards. By using a designed pressure sleeve, one can lower the tremors and the hand can perform better. This sleeve can be worn all day long, has a unique design, and only requires a pull to raise the pressure. This project was led by participants from the Alyn Hospital.

Next Step: Walkers aren't currently designed to allow users to climb steps comfortably, and could even leave users unbalanced and cause them to fall. This product offers users a new design that separated the walker into two parts with joints that can move. Each part can take a step on its own, helping users to stay stable.  

Prosthetic:3-D printed personalized affordable prosthetic arms. Using the e-NABLE  project's open-source files, you can 3-D print a customized hand. Prosthetic hands are often pricey and growing children need theirs replaced every year. This solution allows users to easily, ergonomically, and affordably print a new hand within 24 hours.  This project allowed two children, Nathaniel and Shelly, to hold a muffin and eat it. This was the second time Nathaniel participated at a TOM event and the first time for Shelly. They were both very excited to come and take part in this innovative process.

Beauty Braces: Creating attractive and ergonomic splints. Most splints these days are unattractive and expensive. To create them, you need to create a molding of the entire leg and the outcome is rarely satisfying. This project used 3-D scanning, 3-D printing, textiles and metal to create an attractive and, more importantly, affordable product.

Communication Board: A digital designed communication “smart”-board for non-neurotypical children, who need them to communicate. The communication boards that are currently used are old and out of date. By using a tablet or other application, you can customize your messages and follow the progress of your child. Also, this app allows the child to learn more complicated sentences and even create a full sentence on their own. With this solution, they learn language and develop, all while allowing parents and therapists to monitor the process.

ALS/FRS - An automatic, objective respiration test for ALS patients that can be downloaded on smartphones. This solution uses a new breathing device and can also be used by a pinwheel. Both are connected to a computer or a smart-phone and can send signals to the computer. Using this app, you can check the stages of the disease and the progress of lungs failure. The participants in this project were from AT&T.

Kite Surfing: A device that helps wheelchair users to kite-surf. This device allows handicapped people to actively participate in extreme sport- kite-surfing, by using mainly metals, welding and the surfboard. This project was a joint initiative with Etgarim organization.

Inclusive Games: A board game designed for children with disabilities, which allows them to play together with other children. This project is a new way for Guy, a 9-year-old disabled child, to communicate better. He can now communicate better by the use of some lights and a small Arduino. One part is connected to his head and the second to lights. By nodding, Guy and his playmate can play a memory game without either of them feeling like they’re compromising.

Get Back on a Wheelchair: This device helps Razi Cohen and others get up and down from their wheelchairs onto another chair. The project is an add-on to the original wheelchair, helping Razi to go on and off his wheelchair in 2 steps. The prototype uses 3-D printing, handles, and a metal structure that remains steady while moving. The add-on is connected to the front of the chair with a small strap. While moving down, the user is supported by the handles and sits on the band. The next step is to lower the body to the floor, and to go up backwards. The participants of this team were from the Israeli Air Force unit, IDF.

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