Designing For Exceptional Needs

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On July 2, 2011, SmartHomes project manager Sterling Wind presented at the No Barriers USA Summit on “Designing for Exceptional Needs.”

Sterling presented with University of Colorado Associate Professor Melinda Piket-May and students from her class who have worked on projects to design simple adaptive technologies that aid increased independence for some of the folks Imagine! serves, including some residents of our SmartHomes.

This is a great example of how other organizations are seeing that the technologies we are using to serve those with developmental disabilities can be applied to those with other disabilities.

Great job, Sterling and Melinda!

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Designing For Exceptional Needs

  1. 1. Sterling, James, Lauren, and Melinda
  2. 2. IMAGINE! Strategic Process <ul><li>Systematic Approach for Incorporating Individual Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SmartHomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remote Monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Included into </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Services and Supports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create New Service Models </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Individual Technologies <ul><li>Universal Interface – Tablet PC </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Control System </li></ul><ul><li>Universal Design </li></ul><ul><li>Communication – VOIP </li></ul><ul><li>RFID, IR and GPS Capable </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and Prompting Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Family Information Systems </li></ul>
  4. 4. IMAGINE! Areas of Development <ul><li>Integrating Multiple IT Platforms (GPII) </li></ul><ul><li>DSP Training </li></ul><ul><li>Product Development and Assessment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptive Equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavioral Supports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavioral Patterns Recognition through Energy Usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capturing Life History </li></ul>
  5. 5. IMAGINE A room that tells you what room number it is A Building or Store that tells you it’s name Solution: RFID’s cell phone …blue tooth What about Scuba Diving? Inhalers built in Higher levels of Oxygen Why not?
  6. 6. IMAGINE <ul><li>People of all ages can participate in engineering design at different levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Designs done by first year engineering students in all disciplines. The class is one semester long. </li></ul><ul><li>Often the hardest part is defining the problem. </li></ul><ul><li>We have clients and often contacts. </li></ul><ul><li>IMAGINE! is a huge resource in assessing needs . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ball Box The need : something that responds to how loud you make your voice Student Idea: The level of the ball responds to the loudness of your voice Outcome : Makes you aware that your voice level can control something
  8. 8. The Hand Grip - Or is it an exerciser … Batters glove Fishing line Bungee cords Velcro
  9. 9. Wii Fit for Power Wheelchairs
  10. 11. The Laundry Ca rt for Anthony
  11. 12. Using a pulley system his laundry is dumped into the washer or dryer
  12. 15. Collapsible Upright Stroller
  13. 17. Choice Board <ul><li>Tilt-sensing wristband wired to white board </li></ul><ul><li>Tilting the wristband lights up a colored LED on the wristband and on the white board </li></ul><ul><li>Each color corresponds to a written-in choice on the board </li></ul>
  14. 18. Choice Board <ul><li>Non-specific clientele </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to basic assistive technology </li></ul><ul><li>Made from individual electrical components </li></ul>
  15. 19. Wireless InfraRed Mouse (WIRM) <ul><li>Made specifically for Gerald </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered and used successfully </li></ul><ul><li>Used existing hardware/software making product design more user-oriented </li></ul>
  16. 20. Wireless Infrared Mouse <ul><li>Uses an infrared LED mounted in a case worn on wrist, </li></ul><ul><li>a WiiMote (infrared receiver), and a computer </li></ul>WiiMote Whiteboard translates wristband movement into cursor movement
  17. 21. Wireless Infrared Mouse
  18. 22. How to try this in your neighborhood <ul><li>Who? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Ed Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Companies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retired Engineers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Societies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electrical and Mechanical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freshman Design </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capstone Design </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applied Mathematics </li></ul></ul>
  19. 23. Contact Information <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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