March 1, 2012
Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Tulane students will show their designs for devices to assist people with disabilities on Saturday, March 3VIEW FULL-SIZE PHOTO
Tulane University students will show their designs for devices to assist people with disabilities on Saturday, March 3 from 1 – 3 p.m., in the lobby of the Lindy Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology on Tulane’s uptown campus. The public is invited to attend and view the designs.
The student designers are enrolled in a two-semester course called “Team Design Projects” taught by David Rice, associate professor of biomedical engineering and Lars Gilbertson, professor of practice. The class requires students to produce designs that benefit real individuals with disabilities.
Saturday’s design show will be the students’ first opportunity to demonstrate their projects to the public. Their clients are also invited. A panel of judges will rate the projects on their functionality, aesthetics, safety, durability and more.
"Matching the clients' needs to the right technology gets better every year," said Rice. "This year's projects range from basic mechanical linkages to new apps for smart phones."
Projects that will be on display include:
• a "fun" chair with incentive feedback for a child with cerebral palsy;
• a guitar-playing aid for a person affected by stroke;
• a balance and coordination practice system for a developmentally delayed child with ataxia;
• an environmental controller for a person who lost motor control because of stroke;
• a standing support system for a child with cerebral palsy;
• an exerciser feedback system for a classroom for autistic children;
• a one-hand wheel lock control for residents of a nursing home;
• a coordinated communicator system for a person with quadriplegia.
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