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Staples High School
Westport, Conn.
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.