Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
The Untethered Project
Explain your idea in details:
The Untethered Project consists of three main pillars: Technology: that enables us to harvest the negative biomechanical energy of an amputee and convert into electrical energy to power the prosthetic. This technology can be implemented by manufacturers into their prosthetic products, or it can be retrofitted to work with existing products as an external attachment. Device: an open-source device that can be purchased from Untethered, or it can be made with the help of CAD files and detailed manuals and documentation. The device will support and work with several prosthetic products on the market, but it can also be modified to work with different prosthetic models or setups. Platform: where people can share their modified Device files so other amputees with the same model can use them. The platform will also act as a hub for prosthetic innovation and research where both manufacturers and professionals can use the resources to create new solutions that could be implemented in different areas (e.g. exoskeletons or upper limb prosthetics).
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
52% of amputees fall each year and 49% of amputees have a constant fear of falling (Össur statistics). collapsing prosthetics and locked up prosthetics are major reasons for prosthetic related falls, both of which can be caused by battery depletion. Microprocessor knee wearers who face these issues can benefit from the Untethered device as it eliminates the battery life problem.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The main channels of revenue will come from: 1- Selling the Untethered device and custom made covers to amputees with electronic knees. 2- Providing prosthetic related services (ranging from battery replacements to prosthetic fitting). 3- Licensing the technology to prosthetic manufacturers, the military, and tech companies. 4- Selling consumer products that utilize the Untethered technology (such as a device that charges wearables and portable technology for hikers and campers).
I'm Bashar Zapen, a 25-year-old Palestinian. I grew up in Saudi Arabia, and I obtained my bachelor's degree in Ideation Design from Cape Town, South Africa. I'm an avid runner, amateur chef, and design researcher. I've been working as a freelance UX Designer for the last two years and I'm about to start my postgraduate studies in Medical Design. I'm passionate about creating solutions in a healthcare context as I can instantly see and gauge the impact and effectiveness of my work. I'm planning to further develop my project during my Master studies as I wish to help amputees live their lives to the fullest. This competition will help me accelerate my progress, and I can't wait to hear from and engage with the amazing minds entering this competition.