Staples High School InvenTeam
Filing Cabinet for People with Arthritis
The aptly named EZ File originated from the need of a filing system without the requisite fine-motor skills, to facilitate use by people who have arthritis. The InvenTeam's original design was smaller than a standard filing cabinet, so it continued to modify the design to create more filing space. The EZ File has wheel slots that hold rotating wooden wheels, which move up the cabinet's side when the drawer is pulled open. A grooved belt triggered by a swiveling wheel further enables easy file retrieval. In addition to testing the prototype with arthritic seniors, InvenTeam members wore oven mitts to simulate use by someone who has arthritis.