Hoga

Project developed for the Hoga Institution in Monterrey, Mexico. It consists of a bed of rollers on which the patient lays; he pulls or pushes himself with the help of overhead handlebars to strengthen the upper body.

Hoga
Physical Therapy Equipment - 2009
Equipo/Team: Andrés Reza, Luisa Fernanda García, Rodrigo Guadarrama

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Este proyecto se desarrolló para la institución Hoga en Monterrey, México. Se trata de una cama de rodillos para terapia física. El paciente se recuesta directamente sobre los rodillos o en la colchoneta suministrada y utiliza las barras superiores para deslizarse hacia adelante o hacia atrás. Las grandes aberturas en los costados permiten el fácil acceso en caso de que el paciente requiera asistencia.

Durante el desarrollo de este proyecto, se exploraron distintas opciones en cuanto proporción, mecanismos y estética. De estos modelos y bocetos surgió la forma definitiva. Adicionalmente, se realizaron pruebas ergonómicas con mock-ups de cartón para maximizar el confort y seguridad del usuario.

El producto se fabricó a partir de triplay de ¾” usando técnicas de manufactura asistida por computadora, garantizando un alto nivel de calidad en cada corte y la precisión requerida para su ensamblaje

English:

This project was developed for the Hoga Institution in Monterrey, México. It is a roller bed for physical therapy. The patient lays directly on the rollers or on the mat supplied and uses the handlebars to slide forward or backwards. The large openings on the side provide access in case assistance is required.

During the development of this project different options where explored in regard to proportion, mechanisms and aesthetics. From these models and sketches the final form emerged. Additionally, ergonomic tests were carried out with a cardboard mock-up to maximize comfort and safety for the user.

The product was manufactured from ¾”-thick plywood and was made using computer-assisted manufacturing techniques, guaranteeing a high level of quality in every cut and the precision required for assembly.
Several mock-ups were created, which helped to define dimensions, reveal flaws and improve the ergonomic properties of the finished product.
The accurate CAD data proved extremely valuable during the manufacturing process. The prototype was cut, varnished, assembled and delivered in 36 hours.
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