Neptune II - Swimming Aid for Amputee
The Neptune II was developed as a redesign from a concept by student Richard Stark. The existing design was analized and then these observations where taken into account to take the concept a step further and refine the design. We took into account that many of today's and tommorrow's amputees may be a consequence of the obesity epidemic and its associated Diabetes Type II, which often results in lower limb amputations. That said, we tried to focus the redesign to aid this growing risk group and by doing so assit in their rehabilitation.
Amongst its improvements we transformed it into a modular device which allows the user to continue using it outside the water by just attatching the leg module. This allows for easy mobility to and from the water and also expands the range of possible uses of the device further than just swimming (showers, pools, ocean walks).
We tried to maintain most of the identity of the original concept, nevertheless we still worked on severeal areas of the product in order to maintain and/or improve its aesthetic, functional and physical value. The redesigned model allows for a more global solution for the amputee, increasing his/her social inclusion and overall wellbeing.