STACHA Stuttering Experience Device by Yuka Fukuoka

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
STACHA

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Stuttering Experience Device

INSPIRATION:
When I was nine, I started stuttering, and I grew into a 24-year-old woman without ever being cured. Even now, I still battle with this issue, because I talk with people every day. At those times, this stuttering symptom is a prominent concern, and so I feel it has great influence on my life.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Stacha permits wearers to experience a stuttering-like sensation by sending a faint – and thankfully painless – current of electricity through the larynx, which then constricts the muscles in the throat, making it difficult to properly pronounce words.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The STACHA is a device which enables wearers to experience the symptoms of stuttering. When a person with this disorder stutters, a distinguishing feature is an overactive usage of the muscles in the throat. This collar-like device has been developed to enable wearers to experience a realistic sensation of stuttering, by sending a faint current of electricity into the throat area, which constricts the muscles and re-creates a stuttering condition, making it difficult to properly pronounce.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Over several months I developed the idea for a simulation device with the assistance of self-help group Tokyo Genyukai, people from stuttering circles in the University of Tokyo. And medical researchers until eventually the device was showcased at SXSW in 2017.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Social Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Arduino, C++, Eagle, Rhino, Keyshot, Fusion 360, Illustrator, Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Javascript

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Wearable Collar Device

TAGS:
Wearable, Device, Stuttering, Documentary

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Conducted interviews with stutterers. Then we have established two issues which this device will solve. Firstly, by experiencing the symptoms of stuttering, we can spread awareness of this issue, thereby reducing instances of childhood bullying which will lead to reduced insecurity and inferiority complexes, and prevent such conditions from taking hold into adult stuttering. Secondly, that by having family members and people in the workplace gain a greater understanding of stuttering.

CHALLENGE:
Stuttering is a disorder defined by a broken pattern of speech, either by the repetition of syllables, prolongation of words, or extended pauses. Sometimes facial and body movements can accompany efforts to speak. Figures from the British Stammering Association suggest that 5% or more of children under the age of five go through a stammering phase at some point in their speech and language development and without therapy a quarter of these children will go on to develop a persistent stammer.

ADDED DATE:
2019-03-30 19:27:43

TEAM MEMBERS (8) :
1. Yuka Fukuoka - UX Designer, School of Visual Arts, 2. Naoki Okada - Hardware Engineer, Tokyo University of the Fine Arts, 3. Makoto Shimazu - Hardware Engineer, Google Inc., 4. Qianshang Chen - Product Designer, School of Visual Arts, 5. Yuta Hijikata - Web Developer, 6. Hayato Nishioka - Mechanical Engineer, 7. Pasakorn Nontananandh - Motion Graphic Designer and

IMAGE CREDITS:
NA

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Medical diagnostic simulators for use as teaching aids for simulating stutturing and for stuttering and speech therapy and public speaking. FIRST USE: 20171018. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20171018

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
STACHA

PROFILE:
It's the creation of a team of seven designers and developers. STACHA project has been selected to exhibit the project at SXSW from Todai to Texas. Todai To Texas (TTT) is a program for students and startups from The University of Tokyo (or "Todai" in Japanese). Selected teams get free tickets to SXSW and showcase products in the Trade Show. It is an official program of The University of Tokyo, organized by Division of University Corporate Relations (DUCR). This project has run since 2013 and TTT2019 is the 6th year.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Stacha Stuttering Experience Device by Yuka Fukuoka is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Stacha Stuttering Experience Device by Yuka Fukuoka is Winner in Social Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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