TOM:Tefen 2015


  • Tefen Israel

EyeScanner - this product was designed for a little girl with Rett Syndrome who uses a communication device. Unfortunately, communication devices can't be used near water. The team designed a case that protects the device while keeping the eye-tracking communication functionality.

Hands-free Bike: Mor loves cycling, but after losing his fingers in an accident he could no longer reach and use the brakes on his bike. The team fitted brakes to his bike, which he can operate using the heels of his hands. 

LightWriter: Saba Meir is 100 years old, but he loves using technology to keep in touch with the family. Using his fingers to press keys when typing makes his hands hurt, so he needed a more comfortable way. The team constructed a special keyboard, which has holes fitted with sensors instead of keys. All Saba Meir needs to do is place his finger over the letter he wants to type, with no need to apply pressure. 


Out of the Box: ALS sufferers and others who can only communicate using eyetracking devices, need a way to communicate during hydrotherapy treatments. The team modified an existing eyecommunication device, making it fully waterproof and operational at different temperatures and levels of humidity.


Gear-wheel hand prosthesis: Hand prostheses are expensive, and their use of filaments mean they can deteriorate quickly. Adults who have lost their hands in accidents and children born with ABS needed a better solution. The team created customized and relatively cheap to produce hand prostheses using 3D printing. These can be used to replace old prostheses, and re-printed often to fit children as they grow.


Electric hand prosthesis: The gear-wheel hand prosthesis is great, but for those who do not have enough muscle power in their wrists to operate them, they are not very effective. We needed to find a way to make the prosthesis useful for everyone. The team built a new prosthetic hand, powered by electricity to assist weak wrist muscles. 


Stand Alone: Guy suffers from Cerebral Palsy, and has only one way to stand up on his own: using a device which is bulky and heavy, and cannot be moved without a van. We wanted to find a way for him to be able to stand up by himself, even when not at home. The team designed a much lighter version of the standing device, which can also easily be folded and used for travel.

Up Scale: Wheelchair-users need to weigh themselves, but getting onto traditional scales is difficult. The team designed an inflatable mattress which sits under the bed, and can be easily inflated, positioned, and deflated at the touch of a button. The air-pressure inside the mattress is measured when the patient lies on it, and calculates their weight. 

Breathing Tree: Sigal needs to use a breathing machine, but it is cumbersome and doesn’t look very nice. She wants to be mobile and independent, but also wants to look and feel like she is at home and not in a hospital. The team built a pretty, tree-shaped carrier for Sigal’s breathing machine, which can be attached to her wheelchair or used as a walker. It includes hanging space for breathing masks and other items, and makes her machine easy to store and operate. 

Darbuka 1.0: Children living with autism often use music to calm themselves down, but they needed an option they could use in school which would not disrupt the whole class. The team built a holder which fixes a tablet computer to the table, so the child cannot throw it when they are frustrated. They also installed a darbuka (bongo drum) app, and provided own music without disturbing others. 

Swing 1.0: Some children living with autism need to be calmed down in the middle of lessons at school, which disrupts the whole class. We needed a way to help to calm down these students, but without the disruption. The team created a device which can be fitted to the child’s chair, which allows them to calm themselves down while in the middle of a lesson. The device senses swinging on the chair, and sends pulses of increasing intensity to a sleeve on the child’s arm, which relaxes them. 

Iron Mina: Mina is 86 and loves ironing. She spends a lot of her time doing it, but she finds it hard to stand for a long time and to lift the iron. She wanted to be able to continue ironing for her family. The team put together a light-weight, adjustable ironing board she can use while sitting down so she does not need to lift anything or stand up for long periods of time. 

Family Tracker: Mike has a son, Uriel, who lives with autism and has a tendency to wander off. For Uriel’s safety, Mike needs to be able to find out where he is at all times. The team used Android technology which combines a variety of tracking sensors (GPS, GSM, WiFi, Bluetooth), to build a small, lightweight device to attach to Uriel’s clothes. This device can quickly and accurately send information to his parents about where he is and who he is with. 

Wheelchair Lift: Stel uses a wheelchair, and often travels in cars which are not purpose-built to carry it (taxis, going out with friends, etc.) Getting her wheelchair into the car is hard work, and she needed a way to do it without extra help. The team built a motor-operated ramp which can be attached to her wheelchair, and at the touch of a button it lifts the chair up and into the car. 

Indieway: Safta Chana wants to get around easily, but calling a taxi these days is usually done through a smartphone app, which is hard for her. She needed an easier way. The team developed a physical button, which she can push to open a simple app on her phone, telling her when the taxi will arrive or allowing her to cancel it. In the future the team hope to create further uses for the button, from calling the emergency services to ordering pizza, and everything in between. 

ALSkeleton: ALS and MS sufferers, as well as others who have lost control of their limbs, need a way to be able to perform basic functions such as grasping and holding. The team created an enabling device, operated either by eyetracking or movement of the neck, which allows people to regain some use of their hands. A series of connected rings and wires fits over their hands and they can use it to move their fingers. 

Musical Experience: Children with Cerebral Palsy cannot play traditional musical instruments, but want to be able to take part in music just like other children. The team created wearable ‘instruments’ operated with buttons on the children’s clothes. Of the group of 8 children the team worked with, each had a different ‘instrument’ which made a different sound, and together they could perform as a band. 

Food to Go: Ely’s disability means has limited use of his hands, and he needed a lunchbox that he could open by himself. The team created a lunchbox which Ely can open simply by pressing a button. 


Hands-free PlayStation Controller: Mor also loves playing PlayStation, but after losing his fingers in an accident can no longer reach the buttons at the top of the controller. The team produced a small device which attaches to the controller, and repositions the buttons to suit his personal range of motor movements. 


Easy Scan: Rihan’s disability makes it hard for her to lift the heavy lid of the scanner, but her job at an archive involves scanning in documents for preservation. She wanted to stay in her job, and needed a way to be able to do so. The team connected a pedal switch to the scanner, allowing Rihan to simply press on the pedal with her foot to open, close and scan.