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🛠️ Three days of making and sharing for the disabled in Rennes

In Rennes, My Human Kit organized the Fabrikarium 2024 for 3 days. Guided by a disabled person who is an expert in his or her needs, and mixing creativity, digital fabrication and collective intelligence, 3 teams imagined and built several different solutions.

On the program: citizenship, reuse and learning for all, but also sharing and encounters!

 🧒 KIT EDUC: the team worked on 3 different sub-projects:

 ⛺ A sensory tent so that middle-schoolers in a school inclusion section who may have difficulty concentrating can refocus before returning to class for their lessons. The students chose sounds coming out of a loudspeaker and shades of light for the led garland installed on the tent's ceiling. The whole system is triggered by buttons whose evocative visuals were also chosen by the students (flame, fish, book...). Now it's time to assemble the tent. The tent will soon be installed on the college's premises.

🖌️ ✏️ A brush guide for Aboudou and a pencil guide for Dorian, who have limited fine motor skills, were modeled and then 3D printed to best suit their prehension abilities. They left with their prototypes.

 💬 A tablet holder for Antoine, who only communicates with it thanks to his one functional hand, was imagined. He'll be able to hold it against him when he's standing, use it when he passes someone he wants to talk to, and slide it behind his back when he's no longer using it. The prototype still needs to be finalized before it can be tested by Antoine.

 🫙 DISTRI VRAC: 2 different prototypes were made to meet Solène's need for a dry food dispenser, usable with just one hand, and made from recycled materials. They were then sent back to Solène's home to be tested in real-life conditions.

 🗳️ JEU VOTE: A board game designed for people with various disorders (cognitive, motor, etc.) was created to help them understand the issues at stake in the municipal elections, so that they can exercise their right to vote in an informed manner. The game was tested and validated by 3 residents of a Maison d'accueil spécialisée during the 3 days. There are still a few cuts to be made before it can be shown to other residents!

Thanks again for your support!

To see the video: https://youtube.com/shorts/53JPAI5gg2Y?si=lI0S-S7T1L_4sppy

🦿 A personalized leg prosthesis cover for Séverine's beach vacation 🏖️ updateSéverine with her 3D printed leg prosthesis cover

🦿 A personalized leg prosthesis cover for Séverine's beach vacation 🏖️

Just a few days before we enter winter, we present Séverine's project, which will bring a little sunshine into your day ☀️

Séverine is equipped with an electric leg prosthesis on a daily basis, with a flowery cover (aesthetic dressing for the prosthesis) that she loves! But this cover is not compatible with her mechanical prosthesis, which she uses to be able to go to the beach with her family during the vacations.

So she turned to My Human Kit to make a low-cost 3D-printed cover that's water-resistant but can also be easily re-printed should it be damaged by sun, sand, sea salt... all in a Japanese style with Koi carp and cherry blossoms 🌸

Thanks to your support, here's the result! Thank you!

Jérôme validates his latest prototype of a nomadic Japanese toilet! updateJérôme (in the cap) and his brother enjoyed a pedal-boat ride together during a visit to his home in Montreal. Thanks to his Notaboo prototype, Jérôme was able to travel independently.

Jérôme validates his latest prototype of a nomadic Japanese toilet!

Remember Jérôme? He's the man behind the Notaboo project: nomadic Japanese toilets (or bidets) adapted to help people with limited fine motor skills maintain their independence when using the toilet away from home.

After spending 3 days in Japan last spring to make progress on his project and benefit from the experience of our Japanese counterparts in the field, the prototype was finalized during a bootcamp organized with INSA Rennes (engineering school) last July. If you'd like to find out more about his adventure in Japan, Jérôme has just published a logbook on his website.

Since then, Jérôme has been able to test the latest prototype, which features a foot pedal control sent from Japan by Takayuki, whom he met at Fabrikarium Tokyo. You can find the tests of Jérôme's latest prototype here.

His feedback is positive, and he validates this version! Even if there are still areas for improvement for a future version: increasing the duration of the jet, finding another container for the water to have a better one-handed grip, succeeding in printing a watertight nozzle (resin to be tested) as this is a difficult component to find in spare parts.

Thank you for your support! Thanks to you, Jérôme was able to visit his brother in Montreal on his own!

A team mobilized for 3 days to advance Lilwen's Stimu'loud project updateLilwen, her parents, Delphine (fabmanager at My Human Kit), Suliane (volunteer at My Human Kit) and the other members of the Stimu'loud team at the Fabrikarium in Palavas-les-Flots.

A team mobilized for 3 days to advance Lilwen's Stimu'loud project

Last June, My Human Kit took part in the first Fabrikarium at Humanlab Saint-Pierre (near Montpellier), a member of the Humanlabs network run by My Human Kit.

The Fabrikarium is a collaborative rapid prototyping event aimed at accelerating the development of innovative solutions to disability. For 3 days, 4 teams took up the challenge of designing and manufacturing 4 functional prototypes to meet the needs expressed by children and adults with disabilities!

One of the teams was dedicated to Lilwen's Stimul'loud project, initiated earlier this year at My Human Kit's Humanlab in Rennes. Lilwen is a young girl suffering from a neurological pathology that prevents her from communicating with her parents. The aim of this project is to stimulate Lilwen's cognitive development by associating sounds, objects and actions with each other. To achieve this, the team used Makey Makey (an educational electronic kit) to create a modular test bench to aid communication. Lilwen and her parents left with a prototype to test at home over several weeks. To be continued...

Jérôme and his portable Japanese toilet project... at Fabrikarium Tokyo! updateJérôme with his prototype at Fabrikarium Tokyo

Jérôme and his portable Japanese toilet project... at Fabrikarium Tokyo!

Last month, My Human Kit co-organized, with the FabLab Shinagawa, the Fabrikarium Tokyo: the first Franco-Japanese makeathon dedicated to disabilities, digital fabrication and the commons. The 70 participants were divided into 6 teams, one of which was that of Jérôme, the bearer of the French project Notaboo: a nomadic Japanese toilet (or bidet) adapted to maintain autonomy when traveling outside the home when suffering from fine motor impairment.

This project initiated by Jérôme over 10 years ago, and supported by My Human Kit for the past 1 year, had already been the subject in 2022 of a first do it yourself prototype documented in open source on our wikilab site.

During the 3-day event, Jérôme was able to talk to everyday users of Japanese toilets and work on improvements to his prototype: printing a toilet seat holder that can be adapted to a wide range of models, modeling a nozzle (from which the water jet emerges), creating a solution for adjusting the nozzle's inclination and setting up a remote release adapted to his motor skills. As an added bonus, Jérôme was able to present his prototype to the Japan Toilet Association, which is very interested in following its progress!

Thanks to the support of the Captains, My Human Kit continues to accompany Jérôme and his Notaboo project. The goal: a second, finalized version very soon! Thank you for your support!

Launch of the Stimu'loud project: creation of a multisensory interface for Lilwen updateSimon, Lilwen's dad, and Delphine, fabmanager at My Human Kit, think about where to place the buttons on the tray of Lilwen's armchair.

Launch of the Stimu'loud project: creation of a multisensory interface for Lilwen

Simon and his 10-year-old daughter Lilwen came through the doors of Humanlab a few weeks ago with a project in mind: to create an interface to encourage Lilwen's interactions with her surroundings.

Lilwen uses very little speech to communicate and has few fine motor skills. Called "Stimu'loud", the aim of the project is to stimulate her with buttons and/or joysticks to create sound or visual interactions when she triggers them independently. A first phase is currently underway to find the right locations in front of her on her chair's tablet, and also to determine what stimulates her the most, with an essentially playful approach. A second phase will be to develop an adapted interface that will enable her to develop communication with those around her.

Thanks to donations from the Captains, our fabmanager Delphine and one of our volunteers, Suliane, are accompanying Simon, a DIY dad, on this project. Next step: participation in June in a prototyping event organized in Palavas-les-Flots (34) by one of My Human Kit's partners, the Humanlab Saint-Pierre, specialized in pediatric projects.

Thank you for your support!

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