NASA: Boot-Foot Indexing

Wearable Technology Symposium

Based on a prompt given to us by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

Design a space boot restraint that secures the foot and ankle within the boot which resists abrasion and pressure to the point of discomfort. 

Prototypes and research/analysis were later presented at a symposium in the Houston, Texas Johnson Space Center.

Collaboration between NASA, as well as Sarah Mirman, Willis Batz-Kamby, and Sarah Klecker of the University of Minnesota.

Ideation Phase

Planning out requirements, research, and room for error

Mind Map
Mind Map

Initial ideation

Ideation
Ideation

Jotting down notes, organizing our thoughts

Ideation and research
Ideation and research
Ideation
Ideation
Ideation
Ideation
Ideation and research
Ideation and research

Sketching Phase

Determining designs and mechanisms for the boot

Initial design ideation
Initial design ideation
Refining ideas
Refining ideas
Putting ideas together
Putting ideas together
Boot slip sketch
Boot slip sketch
Boot inflatable bladder sketch
Boot inflatable bladder sketch
Combined sketch
Combined sketch
Technical flats
Flat with prototype

Technical Flats

Symposium and Presentation

Final presentation in front of a large audience of NASA engineers, astronauts, and students.

Following the presentation was a Q&A where we could explain the designs in depth and display how the mechanisms worked.