RESNA Student Design Competition

Welcome to the Home Page for the RESNA Student Design Competition. This site, a joint project of RESNA and the AAC-RERC, contains student presentations that were accepted for the 2010-2013 RESNA conferences, and provides information on the 2014 competition.

RESNA 2014 will be held from June 11-15, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The format for submissions for the Student Design Competition will remain the same as in past years, so the information on this site can be used to plan and prepare submissions.

Important dates for 2014 RESNA Student Design Competition
Registration opens – December 2, 2013
• Registration closes – April 3, 2014 (Registration is now closed for 2014)
SDC project submission completed – April 17, 2014

Beginning on April 18, 2014, judges will review the completed submissions and select the semi-finalists. Decisions on the finalists will be made at the RESNA conference.

In 2013, six semi-finalist teams won an all-expense paid trip for two team members to the RESNA Annual Conference, which was held in Seattle Washington. At the conference, students had the opportunity to present their designs, meet with developers, and network with assistive technology professionals. The semi-finalists were announced at the conference; every member of the semi-finalist teams received a free annual membership to RESNA (a $150 value), which enabled them to continue to network actively with other professionals and participate in RESNA events.

Also, in addition to the 6 awards described above, The Center for the Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) partnered with RESNA to offer an award, “Technology Most Likely to Become Commercially Available,” to one of five finalists in the annual RESNA Student Design Competition. The award comes with a $500 cash prize to the winning team and an invitation for one team member to spend 3 weeks at the TREAT facilities in Lebanon, NH working with TREAT staff and resources to further develop the winning design and move it towards commercialization. The 2013 recipient of the TREAT award was Doodle Bug from the student team at California Lutheran University.

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Illustration of a cleft hand showing both soft tissue and skeletal structures

Doodle Bug (California Lutheran University) – TREAT Award Winner

The Doodle Bug Writing Aid is a small, inexpensive device that is simple to use to help those with hand injuries, congenital malformations, or arthritis hold a pen or pencil in order to write independently.

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RSVP Keyboard (Northeastern University, Oregon Health and Science University)

Umut Orhan, Andrew Fowler, Marzieh Haghighi, Mohammad Moghadamfalahi, Asieh Ahani (Northeastern University, Oregon Health and Science University) designed the RSVP Keyboard as a communication system for people with locked-in syndrome.

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OcuNav™ Electro-oculographic Switching Device (Duke University)

Caleb Ollech  & Chen Zhao ABSTRACT The OcuNav™ electro-oculographic peripheral controller is a PIC-controlled electronic device allowing users with  paralyzed or limited-mobility to control USB-connected devices in their immediate environment using only shifts of gaze and winks of the right and left eyes.  This technology leverages the polarity of the human eyeball by monitoring the [...]

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Figure 7: Jerk is a measure of spasticity and describes the smoothness with which the patient conducts the prescribed action in degrees/s^3

Computer Game Designed to Enhance Outcomes for Patients Receiving Stroke Therapy (Wayne State University)

 Christopher G. Burford , Sam Prasanna James, Blake A. Mathie  ABSTRACT Through our association with the Active Reach and Manipulation (ARM) Clinic, run by the Occupational Therapy Program, Wayne State University, we were presented with a challenge to develop a video game that could improve the functional outcomes of stroke rehabilitation therapy.  Our approach focused [...]

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Automated Clutch Control System (Pennsylvania State University)

The goal of this project was to design a system that operates the clutch of a manual transmission car with the hand rather than the foot.

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Boxxy (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Sara Oliver, Jason Williams, Bryan Kirsch ABSTRACT        In partial agenesis of the corpus callosum, the corpus callosum does not fully develop. Our client, a three-year-old girl with this condition, exhibits difficulty with muscle coordination, fine motor skills, and body awareness. She works with therapists on put-in tasks to improve in these areas. [...]

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CreARTE: Art through the Fingertips (Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia –CES University)

Stephanie Valencia, Deisy Viviana Vasco, Carlos Andrés Alvarez ABSTRACT “CreARTE” is a multiplayer board game designed as an assistive technology that seeks to promote social inclusion of both kids and adults with visual impairment while they learn about colors. Crearte is both a game and an educational system since it teaches a color coding method [...]

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PandaBraille: A Refreshable Electro-Tactile Braille Display with No Moving Parts (VIT University)

Supreeta Ray, Prithvi Monangi, Yamini Dubey, Taranand Mukhopadhyay, Aditya Dubey, Spandana Chervu, Theodore M. Moallem ABSTRACT Most of the assistive tools present in the market currently, designed for the people who have blindness  are very costly, not easily repairable and even if available, are not easily accessible by them, the vast majority of which is economically weak. [...]

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Sliderboard (The Ohio State University)

Jaime Bravo, Matt D’Errico, Marija Ilievska, Jessica Russo, and Maria Talarico (The Ohio State University) designed a device to aid in range of motion rehabilitation for stroke patients at Ohio State’s Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza

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Figure 7. Our prototype weighs less than 800 grams

ChArm- An Affordable Prosthetic Arm (VIT University, Vellore)

Chandan Dhal, Akshat Wahi, Jaya Jain, Karthik Ramaswamy, Pawan Reddy, Pragya, Sutharshan K R, Shruti Arya, Spondon Kundu, Uma Balakrishnan, Viswanath Vaidyanathan (VIT University, Vellore, India)

Through this project, we aim to design a Prosthetic Arm which would enable an Upper Extremity Amputee to have maximum functionality of a normal arm at a very affordable price.

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