ILabs is a group of researchers studying infant brain development of language in infants. As one of the only labs in the world using this equipment on infants, they have had to modify child seats to make a machine designed for adults effective for infants.
An apparatus requiring a lift and chair had to be adapted. It demanded we work with the current set-up which put considerable constraints on material and space. Also, a balance had to be struck between the requirements of the researchers and pleasing the child and guardian.
The space available under the dewar is an irregular convex shape low to the floor. Researchers should be able to operate and adjust the apparatus easily, but the space directly in front of the chair must be kept clear as well. One of the most challenging constraints was that on material: the dewar senses tiny changes in the brain's magnetic field, so any material with a detectable magnetic field was unusable.
A modular system was created for the chair. Scaled cushions create incremental adjustment and control movement. The harness is elastic for a comfortable but snug fit, and easy to use with one fastening and adjustment. A simple lift with minimal mechanism utilized compressed air, a resource already available.