The Eject Powerstrip is a universal power strip that makes it easy for the elderly and the disabled to unplug electric devices, by stepping on a small foot paddle to release the plug. This eliminates the need for bending and the unsafe practice of pulling on the cord. Although those with limited mobility will especially benefit from this device, its design will attract the average consumer, too.
Credits: Mansour Ourasanah of University of Notre Dame Contact: Mansour Ourasanah: firstname.lastname@example.org
The hands+on is a platform for interactive therapy aimed at developing and encouraging the communication abilities of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It utilizes pairs of gloves, each fitted with sensors and lights on the fingertips with additional sensors around each hand. Players interact in games to make connections between sensors that trigger light and sound reactions, feedback that appeals to many children with autism.
In this research and design project, ethnographic methods were employed to define opportunities for improving the delivery of care in stereotactic biopsy procedures. Extensive observation and contextual inquiry with patients and clinicians helped shape the design of user-centered equipment, environments and interaction concepts that address three main issues: promoting patient comfort, managing patient attention, and streamlining the process and environment.
Panelists: Tania Aldous of World Kitchen, Doris Wells-Papanek of Tailored Learning Tools, Ann-Marie Conrado of Notre Dame, Pamela Nyberg of Thrive, and Marianne Grisdale of TEAMS Design / Section Chair of Housewares
A Disabled Designer’s Use of Technology to Facilitate the Design Process
Michael A. Kahwaji | University of Notre Dame
When a person’s body begins to degenerate it is not the deformation that is difficult to deal with, it is the necessity of having to adapt to these alterations that is frustrating. Imagine having to learn how to write your name again or having to get help combing your hair, making breakfast, or even bathing. As humans, we all to often take for granted the ability to do these everyday simple tasks.