Sarah Lam, BFA Product Design, The Lacer

From a young age, we’re taught how to tie our shoelaces. It’s a simple everyday task that we don’t think twice about. But what if you could only use one hand for the rest of your life? This once simple task now becomes a frustrating struggle.

After a stroke, about 65% of survivors are left with decreased hand dexterity and struggle to incorporate their affected hand into their usual activities. Preserving a part of their daily routine, the Lacer is an adaptive shoelace accessory that enables people with decreased hand dexterity to tie their shoelaces independently and efficiently with a single hand.