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Students create devices for disabilities

Students majoring in Engineering and Occupational Therapy have collaborated to create devices to meet the needs of individuals with physical challenges as part of the Adaptive Equipment Project (ADEP). They will present their designs in two separate sessions: the first on Monday, April 23, 2012, and the second on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, both at 1:00 p.m. in room 121, Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The efforts are a the result of interdisciplinary class projects in Electrical Engineering, taught by Dr. Henry Ansell, Assistant Professor of Engineering; Mechanical Engineering, taught by Dr. Rungun Nathan, Assistant Professor of Engineering; and Occupational Therapy, taught by David Kresse, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy.

Student projects include:

  • the walker aid that moves objects to table level;
  • step climber that moves objects up the stairs;
  • refrigerator door opener that breaks the tight seal of the refrigerator door;
  • trash bag aid that helps those confined to a wheelchair move trash to the curb;
  • bag opener that opens sealed plastic bags single-handedly;
  • autistic Instructor, a reprogrammable device that helps autistic children follow daily instructions;
  • door/knob opener that helps open doors and knobs;
  • automatic toilet paper dispenser; and
  • media holder, an adapter that allows cameras, video cameras, and other devices to be placed on a wheelchair.

The annual event, formerly known as Devices for Disabilities, was initiated and is coordinated by Ansell, along with Nathan. For more information, contact Ansell via e-mail at HGA1@psu.edu or Nathan at rungun.nathan@psu.edu.

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