I-Labs Collaboration | University of Washington Medical Center
Ascent is a much improved lift chair designed to assist University of Washington researchers as they perform brain studies on infants. By simplifying the mechanics to a completely kinetic design and adding ease-of-use features, we were able to create a chair that can be used in their facility and ensure accurate and comfortable data collection.
In collaboration with Daniel Patten
Existing limitations caused data collection to be difficult, strenuous, and many times inconclusive. Babies love to move around, and keeping the little guys distracted for an entire half hour is near impossible. Ultimately, my partner and I felt the most precious variable in the whole operation was time. In order to gain back these minutes, we focused on ease of operation and a direct research process.
A simplified mechanism ensures trusted and complete safety of the child during testing.
A completely foot-operated mechanism allows a researcher to give full attention to the child during testing.
Head placement is key. This chair can be raised to the exact position, and can be adjusted as needed while testing is in progress.
The carrier is removable in order to make the research process much more manageable and timely. Also, the entire assembly can easily be moved in and out of the testing room when necessary.