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Students Design Prototypes of Products to Aid Disabled

Students Design Prototypes of Products to Aid Disabled



Students Design Prototypes of Products to Aid Disabled


05.17.2010
Posted by Chris Richter
Filed under College of Textiles, Research News, Student News
Tags: Disabled, NC State News Services, Prototypes, Scott Ryan, Senior design projects, Textile engineering, Textiles

They partnered with local members of the disabled community to determine textile solutions for problems facing those with disabilities — from a more comfortable wheelchair to a new shoe-tying system. And to come up with solutions, many students got a hands-on research experience.

Their prototypes are impressive and include two new types of wheelchairs, systems to help disabled people with everyday tasks such as buttoning a shirt and a “sensing vest that assists the visually impaired with walking by providing discrete vibrations when an object is in its path.” Scott Ryan ’10 explains the vest in the above video.

NC State University

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