Staples High School InvenTeam

Westport, CT
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.