– Mine For Life, Guide Dog Harness Redesign
design the Gentle Guider, I first interviewed, observed and questioned blind
users such as Linda about their daily lives. What do they personally struggle
to do, observing their gadgets, daily routines. The Guide Dog harness kept
wanted change in the harness, not just for her independence, to make Kara’s
harness comfortable, something she feels proud wearing. Working with Guide Dog
Trainers helped me to develop designs. The harness originally, was lose
fitting, wearing out and breaking easily. “My Dog Deserves Better!”
Manufacturers of the guide dog harness, I understood why there was small change
in 80 years. They could not develop so radically and not aware of 3D scanning
and 3D Connex Printing.
scanning and a new 3D printing technologies pushed the boundaries of my design.
3D scanning each dog in training, gives a fitting harness that will be durable
and grow with the dog for its entire working life.
Gentle Guider provides more feedback due to fit, suppressing Linda’s worry of Kara
wearing something uncomfortable! It’s also breathable and easier to orientate
due to the minimization and flexibility of parts. Easily cleaned dipping in hot
harness glows in the dark without the need for ambient lighting from
headlights, so that people can recognize Linda easily at night. The clip is a
design taking advantage of 3D printing, for easy orientation and greater
strength, with texture on the handle to suggest the harnesses orientation.
better life for the Guide Dog also means a better life for the Blind User!