In this 12 hour miniMakeathon, injured veterans and Makers developed solutions for 5 challenges. This unique miniMakeathon saw veterans helping veterans, and supporting each other by making together.
Challenge 1: Shauli was injured in his arm during reserve duty during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. He is able to close his hand, but has a challenging time opening his hand. His dream is to be able to easily make sandwhiches for his three kids again. The team designed two braces to improve flexibility in his hand so he can grab things - one with an engine using Arduino and the other a plastic splint with printed parts.
Challenge 2: Ran was injured in Operation Cast Lead in 2008, one of his legs was amputated and the other is paralyzed. He is looking for a way to know if he is at risk for developing a pressure sore in his leg. The team designed an app that connects with his brace to warn him to shift his leg to reduce risk of pressure sores.
Challenge 3: Niv was injured in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. He has been through a tremendous amount of therapy to regain function in his arm, but he would like to figure out a way that he would be able to do chin-ups again. The team designed a product connecting tension rods to transfer his weigh to his forarm so he can lift himself.
Challenge 4: Moran is 28 years old and was injured in Pilots Course eight years ago.
(Project 1) Moran uses crutches and works in a biology lab. She is looking for a way to carry test tubes safely. The team developed a tray that attaches to her crutches with various size holes to carry different tubes, tools, and cups. The design uses a bicycle chain with stablization.
(Project 2) Moran enjoys traveling but cannot pull her suitcase while using her crutches. Her team designed a belt that attaches to her suitcase so she can walk and pull at the same time.
Challenge 5: Yossi was injured in Operation Cast Lead in 2008. He likes playing with his nieces and nephews, but he finds that when he tries to go from his wheelchair to the floor, he is essentially vaulting his body onto the floor. He is looking for a way to safely get to the floor without adding weight to his wheelchair. The team designed a removable seat to attach to his wheelchair our of metal and wood so he can safetly get down to the floor and back up to his chair.