EXCEL (aquatic assistant for the disabled)


This concept would give victims of lower body paralysis the independence to safely enjoy water sports in small bodies of water.

  • Hand-worn remote propels the user and assists with flotation.

  • Aesthetically appealing design avoids the look of an assistive device and instead communicates "sophisticated high-tech" through gently rounded forms and rich metallic finishes.

"This project stood out immediately. It speaks to an under-considered audience, provides access to social recreation and the design is thoughtfully considered and desirable. Beyond the concept, the execution of design, level of detail and thoroughness are extremely impressive and beautifully resolved." - Debera Johnson, IDSA, Chair, Industrial Design Department, Pratt Institute

Contact: Youjin Nam,
Academy of Art College,

Credit: Youjin Nam, Academy of Art College