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Pneumatic Seating Assist



3 Months

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The Problem?

Many people, from the elderly to those with knee injuries require seat assistance. The problem is that they are typically stationary or unsightly.

The Solution.

The PORA is a portable seat assist, with a sleek design that can easily camouflage itself a suitcase or rolling backpack. It is designed to be both portable and stationary with its ingenious detachable wheels and handle. The PORA adjusts the height and angle at which you stand to lessen joint pain.

The TARGET AUDIENCE is someone who has limited mobility while looking for a way to stay active. Need to go to your grandson's baseball game? Need help getting up from the couch or just looking for comfort? PORA has the boost.

Primary Research

My first bit of research was looking at what was already on the market, and standard seating dimensions. The majority of lifts were heavy, ugly, stationary, and needed a power source. This inspired me to create a multipurpose seating lift following these standards:

        Pneumatic Lift System

        Stationary + Portable Options 

        Discrete and Deceptive Form

        Minimal Weight

        Lowest Possible Collapsing Height

        Ease of Use and Understanding

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Why it is Important.

In 2017, it was estimated that the global population aged 60 or older equaled 962 million, which was twice as large as it was in the 1980s at around 382 million. With an aging population, it's important to keep people active and self-sufficient for as long as possible. Whether this means more exercise and a better diet, or the use of an assist device, demand for working-age people will only increase. 


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For secondary research, I went to view similar products in person and interviewed customers and employees. Viewing the products in person led to different choices in my design such as using a scissor lift. In person the products were heavy, the bottoms slippery, ugly, and far from being discreet.

Consumer Feedback

  • Metal was slippery

  • Heavy

  • Needed a power source

  • Too high off the ground


User Testing

Metal was slippery

  • The most comfortable angle: 30~45 degrees

  • The most comfortable height was 3~4 inches from a standard office chair height

  • Handle length needed to accommodate different builds

  • At least two handles were needed

  • Rounded edges

  • A shorter distance from the seat

Concept Ideation

Drawings and Models

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Initional to Final form development

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