This project focused on creating inclusive healthcare solutions for the elderly and people with limited mobility who use wheelchairs to mobilize and aspire to be a part of the system and community through independent efforts. The project began with a lean engineering approach and progressed to the development of technology. It employs a non-linear design process with iterative loops to refine the concept. A user-centric design based understanding was sought as the best approach to such an intrinsic subject of healthcare and to achieve solutions. The project tried to create a middle-ground for a ‘need’ to be understood and a ‘desire’ to be fulfilled. This thesis accentuates contemporary product development notions and trends that harness the full potential of technology without losing the human touch.
Keywords: healthcare, mobility issues, quality of life, user-centric design, wheelchair