Shower Safe Base Foot fund

$2,555 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 22 months

JS Design Industries "Shower Safe Base Foot"

Frank Jones and Michael Simonetti are the founders of JS Design Industries and inventors of the 'Shower Safe Base Foot'. The foot is an easily installed and removed prosthetic device that allows lower limb amputees to shower safely on two legs again. Frank is a lower limb amputee who came up with this design. Michael is a 23 year naval veteran and currently a San Diego State University student whose major is vocational rehabilitation counseling, with  a certification in prothetic design.

In conjunction with SDSU's Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad (ZIP Launchpad), we are beginning our entrepreneurial adventure. The ZIP is a lean-startup business program at SDSU that helps students with starting their own businesses, promoting ideas, and networking in order to get their ideas to market. 

Our company's mission statement is “Increased safety, efficiency, mobility, reliability, and operational simplicity in prosthetic design over our competitors.”

We are at the stage in the program where we need capital for patenting the device, prototyping, FDA registration, device testing, CA Dept. of Public Health registration, Liability insurance, vendor licensing, and initial manufacturing costs. When tallied, the total amount for our start-up is $25,000 to cover the above mentioned costs. We need to raise funding in order to make a number of test feet , and between 5 and 6 to donate to lower-limb amputees in the community, followed by beginning sales and distribution in the first months of 2017. Our timeline is advancing quickly, and because of this we need to begin raising funds immediately. 

It was during the course of my studies, which led to a detailed investigation into Franks disability and how it affects his activites of daily living, when we discovered the fact that the single worst part of his day, every day,  was bathing safely. In the past he would balance on one leg in the shower which is doing damage to his remaing good hip, or resort to a shower chair which did not eliminate the dangerous shower-to-floor. It is this unsafe transiton it turns out, is the worst part of many lower-limb amputees days. We solved this problem by inventing the Shower Safe Base Foot.

Interviews with other lower limb amputees were positive in the need for such a device, and our goal is to be able to make this invention available to all lower-limb amputees, not just nationally but worldwide as well.

To be able to help other persons with their disabilities will see the fulfillment of our teams goal of ending the dangerous transition in and out of the shower, and eliminating the slip hazards involved with balancing on one leg to bathe.

Thank you for considering donating to our project. The potential to help the population of persons with disabilites in this country is truly rewarding and with your help, we can see it to fruition.
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Here are a couple of photos of our 'Shower Safe Base Foot' and the 'Lightning Disconnect' invention. Next stop is to send the system out for testing and evaluation in order to meet FDA requirements for medical devices.
Metal Prototype 01
The SSBF and LD system components
Shower Safe Base Foot metal # 01
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Here is a view of the underside of the 'Shower Safe Base Foot' showing the cane tips that have a ring on their bottom that is a suction cup. It makes it very stable on wet surfaces, but it's not so strong a suction that it makes it hard to lift the foot upwards. We expect to have a metal version ready to send out for testing soon.
Cane Tips
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I just uploaded our company logo and postcards. Ms. Erica Snider of SDSU's ZIP Launchpad helped us design the layout and color scheme for our logo. I drew the original claw design and she made it professional. These are for our 08 December 2016 showcase where Frank and I will present our new device to potential investors.
JS Design Industries Logo
JS Design Industries Postcard Front
JS Design Industries Postcard Back
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John Simonetti
22 months ago

For additional information about the ShowerSafeBaseFoot; added information for lower-leg amputees and some prosthesis history, please go to: http://showersafebase.wixsite.com/showersafebasefoot

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$2,555 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 22 months
Created November 17, 2016
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RC
$20
Ruth Cole
21 months ago

Thank you.

TL
$25
Terry LaRock
21 months ago

Good luck guys

$50
Helene Pierson
21 months ago

Fantastic!

JS
$50
Jeffrey Simonetti
21 months ago

Good Luck CuZ on Your Worthy Invention !! ... Much Love & Pride on the East Coast !!

$100
Anonymous
22 months ago
EH
$50
Enga Heno
22 months ago

God bless!

John Simonetti
22 months ago

For additional information about the ShowerSafeBaseFoot; added information for lower-leg amputees and some prosthesis history, please go to: http://showersafebase.wixsite.com/showersafebasefoot

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