"Doggy Dolly": Design exploration of customised mobility device for a handicapped dog

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Abstract

This paper introduces the research and process of assistive device design for a special 4-year-old dog who lost one of his front left legs due to a gun shot by a policeman on the street. This project involves diverse design activities that include the observation of the 4 dog’s daily activities and gait (walking style), data collection and analysis, concept generation, prototyping, and product testing. The primary goal of this project is to design a customised mobility device which enables the dog to walk around with ease and comfort. Mobility, durability, stability, safety, ergonomics, and comfort were the main objectives to make this product successful, and they were tested during the entire design process to reach the goal. This paper illustrates how a design team from The Design School at Arizona State University in the U.S.A. helped the handicapped dog with an assistive device by sharing the challenges, successes and focused ergonomic research on the user experiences of a dog.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019
EditorsErik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Ross Brisco, Dorothy Evans, Hilary Grierson, William Ion, Robert Ian Whitfield
PublisherInstitution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781912254057
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 12 2019Sep 13 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019

Conference

Conference21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, E and PDE 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period9/12/199/13/19

Keywords

  • Animal assistive device
  • Ergonomics
  • Handicapped dog
  • Industrial design
  • Prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Shin, D. (2019). "Doggy Dolly": Design exploration of customised mobility device for a handicapped dog. In E. Bohemia, A. Kovacevic, L. Buck, R. Brisco, D. Evans, H. Grierson, W. Ion, & R. I. Whitfield (Eds.), Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019 (Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape, E and PDE 2019). Institution of Engineering Designers, The Design Society.