Partnership

Nearly every industry is experiencing technological disruption. In manufacturing, developing new tooling and processes to meet shifting demands allows our partners to stay ahead of the disruption curve, and we’re proud to help them do it. Since 1999, the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) has been a strategic partner to industry, applying our world-class expertise and cutting-edge facilities to solving manufacturers’ challenges — honing processes to maximize productivity and quality while reducing cost and facilitating product innovation.

ImaginAble Solutions logo ImaginAble Solutions is a biomedical engineering company committed to enhancing quality of life by providing solutions to personal accessibility challenges. Our first product, Guided Hands, is an assistive device designed to help those experiencing limited hand functions by enabling individuals to write, paint, draw, and use a tablet/computer.

Challenge

Guided Hands was designed to help people with various medical conditions such as dystonia, ALS, Huntington’s disease, arthritis, and even individuals recovering from spinal cord injuries or strokes.

For these individuals, the writing, painting, drawing, or using a tablet/computer are essential activities that underly their independence.

Researcher working on a machine

Solution

ImaginAble Solution’s Research and Development began at the MMRI. Multiple prototypes were designed and manufactured and then tested with patients at local hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation clinics.

Feedback was presented to engineers at MMRI and used to redesign and manufacture the next prototype. Guided Hands came to fruition within the MMRI labs.ImaginAble Solutions accessible device

Impact

By partnering with the MMRI, ImaginAble Solutions has minimized Research and Development costs and manufacturing costs and received excellent design and manufacturing advice for Guided Hands.

Within less than five months of establishing ImaginAble Solutions, with the help from MMRI we have invented Guided Hands and are launching our first round of sales.
~ Lianna Genovese, CEO & Founder

ImaginAble Solutions accessible device

You can also read more on McMaster’s Daily News site: https://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/articles/engineering-students-project-rises-in-global-competition/