Winter Quarter 2021

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


David L. Jaffe, MS
Online via Zoom
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:50pm PDT

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Tuesday, March 16th

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End-of-term Student Project Presentations

This quarter students have been addressing problems experienced by individuals with disabilities or older adults and have been working to research, brainstorm, design, fabricate, and test a prototype device or software to meet the identified problem or report on an assistive technology topic. Each student will give a formal presentation detailing their project activities. Please note that this was a seven-week individual project effort and the students' prototypes are not intended to represent commercial offerings.

Presentation order:

Order Project / Student(s) Minutes
1 Abby's Vegetable Cutter
Jayla Kilson & Drew Dalman
2 PACE for Uniformity
Shane Griffith
3 The Assistive Technology Lab of Community Vision, Inc.
Ugyen Norphel Lama
4 Safe Communication Methods at Children's National Hospital
Samuel Good
5 Advances in Wheelchair Mobility
Jake Lynch
6 Prosthetics in the World of Sports
Kyle Petrucci
7 One-Handed Trumpeteering
Bradley Immel
8 Tilly's Phone Holder
Bryce Huerta, Rachael Flam & Allison Cong

The end-of-term project fabrication presentations should include the following elements:

  1. Introduction of student and project
  2. Background: statement of problem, its magnitude, and user population
  3. Interactions with project suggestors and individuals who would benefit from a solution
  4. Identification and determination of need
  5. Research of existing products and discussion of their limitations
  6. Description and visualization of design concepts considered and prototypes built
  7. Discussion of selected design: technical and engineering elements, estimated cost, user acceptance, functionality, performance, safety considerations, tradeoffs, etc.
  8. Visualization of final prototype: photographs and/or video of operation with a user
  9. Plans for the future: improvements and challenges for continuing the project

Judge the overall quality of the presentation, design process, prototyped concepts using the following metrics.

  • Presentation: (What & How the student(s) presented) - clarity, organization, and completeness of the information presented & professionalism, enthusiasm, conviction, confidence, energy, volume
  • Project: (What the student(s) produced) - quality and completeness of the report or creativity, originality, functionality of the design concept and the likelihood it will meet the user's needs

Individuals evaluating the project presentations will have the opportunity to provide their comments:

  • What are your LIKES and WISHES about what the student(s) did, and what are your recommendations, suggestions, and advice for the student(s)?
  • Please provide comments and suggestions about the course, projects, and presentation process.

Presentation Material:
Pre-presentation slides - 1.25 Mb pdf file

Updated 03/19/2021

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