A one month, interdisciplinary project aimed at creating an assistive device for a person living with a disability. Working in a team alongside a mechanical engineering student and a computer science student, our team conducted client interviews, brainstormed areas of intervention or opportunity, and created various prototype iterations to achieve our final result. My role in this project was to determine what interactions would need to change in order for the oven to be more accessible, what form this product takes on in order to achieve those changes, and how the design would allow for quick production and integration of our electronics and mechanics.

The final table is built around the dimensions of our client's oven to fit around the oven door when opened, with linear actuators to lift the table from the middle oven rack height to to the kitchen countertop, eliminating the strain caused by heavy vertical lifting. A control panel on the side of the table allows for moving the table up and down as well as opening and closing the hook that latches onto the inner oven rack to pull the rack out for better wheelchair access in tight spaces. While the table is intended for more accessible oven interactions, the table is versatile enough to take care of any heavy lifting or needing to bend over, even outside the kitchen.

Key Skills:

  • Accessible Design
  • User Research
  • Rapid Prototyping and Testing

Tools Used:

  • SolidWorks
  • Arduino Uno, Coded in C
  • Woodshop Production

Group photo of our team with our client and prototype

Process Photos

Scale 3D model of completed table
Dimensional drawings for construction
Technical block diagram and electronic schematic
Wiring of components for testing before implementation
3D printed parts to securely join the linear actuators to the table