IPD 5510 | Design Processes


Nika Koda


Sarah Rottenberg
Mike Avery

Blossom is a new rehabilitation tool for those who suffer from contractures and limited hand movements. The highly engaging rehabilitation device doubles as a beautiful artifact that lets a patient show off their masterpieces after their rehab sessions.

Every year 15 million people are affected by strokes. One of the more common side effects is contractures, which is prevalent in 50% of patients who enter a hospital presenting symptoms of a stroke.

Contractures can be reversible with therapy, but it is a time-consuming and painful rehabilitation process. Many devices are used to assist in recovery. In recent years, some devices have become smart and technology-focused, which can be too expensive for the average household. On the flip side, basic contracture rehabilitation devices have not evolved in the last two decades. They are function-focused objects that clearly look like rehabilitation tools or children’s toys, which can be off putting or embarrassing to the older adults who need them.

Blossom aims to stimulate cognitive and physical rehabilitation by introducing the art of Ikebana, the Japanese style of flower arrangement. The design of the flowers and the differences in weight, size, and balance of each stem give plenty of options for mixing and matching for different levels of physical therapy.

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