Coming up Spring Semester 2015 as a GISP in Brown’s Division of Applied Math!
More Pictures from the Assistive Technology Makeathon! Including founder of the SpeakYourMind Foundation chatting about the projects with Congressman Langevin.
Thank you all for incredible projects and an amazing weekend!
April 26th and 27th
Brown University STEAM and SpeakYourMind Foundation partnered to bring together creative, interdisciplinary teams of students and professionals to collaboratively develop human-centered assistive products. This partnership culminated with a weekend long hardware/software make-a-thon focused on creating innovative, novel assistive technologies for individuals with communications disabilities. This event also served as the opening event for the Brown Design Workshop, a collaborative and creative environment for project-based learning within Brown Engineering.
The SpeakYourMind Foundation, based in Providence, RI, is a nonprofit organization spun out of the BrainGate lab at Brown University and Massachusetts General Hospital. They focus on creating, distributing, and supporting assistive communication technologies for individuals who are unable to effectively communicate due to neurological injury and disease. Together, SpeakYourMind and STEAM were excited to provide a weekend-long event dedicated to creating incredible assistive products.
We were incredibly impressed by the ingenuity and passion of all our makers and astounded by what they were able to produce in such a short event. In particular, we wanted to highlight the winners in each category, as decided by our panel of expert judges:
Aaron Zhang, for Reach, a low-cost, intuitively-controlled robotic hand
Owen Duke (a high school student!) and Valay Shah , for FaceDuino, a combination face-tracking and muscle-signal interface.
Margaret Mathieu, Katie Hsia, and Kassie Wang, for TypeSimple, an easy, attractive, and quick radial keyboard.
In kind donations from Microsoft, Sparkfun, and Human-Computer Technologies were used for projects and prizes. Generous cash donations from Health Advances, MedMates, Atrion, and The Boston Home provided us with the materials and support needed to create such incredible projects!
May 3, 2014
The Design of Living Things happened today at the Nature Lab! It was an event full of fun workshops that introduced and engaged attendees in the multiple interpretations of biological design - organismal anatomic design, functional specialization (colonial organismal design), healthcare and medical device design, and biomimetic robotic design.
After a delicious lunch of Kabob and Curry, two production-based workshops - scientific illustration and rendering for industrial design - were held.
Many thanks to those who came out and shared in the workshops, and thank you to everyone who made this STEAM year an enormous success!
Photo credit: Jonelle Ahiligwo
People who are “locked in” by paralysis may have lots to say but no way to say it. Assistive communications devices can create a communications channel from the slightest remaining ability for expressing intent: the blink of an eye, the twitch of a muscle. New designs for assistive technologies was the whole point of a recent two-day “makeathon” at Brown University. Hanna McPhee, a senior at Brown, STEAM member, and one of the organizers of the makeathon, said that the partnership between STEAM and SpeakYourMind made for a perfect match. “The projects SpeakYourMind works on require interdisciplinary teams — from user interfaces, to human factors and ergonomics — these devices require attention from designers, engineers, computer scientists, anthropologists, biologists, etc.,” she said. “Both STEAM and [SpeakYourMind] are trying to encourage Brown University students to collaborate on these and other projects with students from multiple concentrations.”
The Design of Living Things is happening on Saturday! :)
Poster design by Jonelle Ahiligwo - Biology ‘16
Got a better snap of the George Hart piece hanging…