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

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Ideation
Ideation

Jotting down notes, organizing our thoughts

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Ideation and research
Ideation and research
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Ideation
Ideation
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Ideation
Ideation
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Ideation and research
Ideation and research
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Sketching Phase

Determining designs and mechanisms for the boot

Initial design ideation
Initial design ideation
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Refining ideas
Refining ideas
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Putting ideas together
Putting ideas together
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Boot slip sketch
Boot slip sketch
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Boot inflatable bladder sketch
Boot inflatable bladder sketch
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Combined sketch
Combined sketch
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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.