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the last pcomp at ITP

May 24th, 2008 No comments

After my thesis presentation, I had a week to prepare the ITP Spring Show 2008. I was somehow sad about leaving ITP so I started one more pcomp project for the Digital Wheel Art.

Using XBee and I-PAC2, now users can press adaptive buttons to change attributes of brushstrokes in drawing tool.

Anyway, a sad picture.

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Thesis Abstract (rev. Feb 26)

February 26th, 2008 1 comment

Assistive Technology as an Artistic Expression Tool (working title)

Thesis Abstract (rev. Feb 26)

Everyone has the desire and the right to express themselves. People can draw pictures, play music, sing songs, move their bodies, write compositions or poems to express their feelings and emotions. However, not everyone can use these methods. There are many people who want to express themselves but cannot to do so because of physical challengies. In this project, assistive technology including electronics, mechanics, and computer programming is applied to help those people to express themselves, and moreover, to provide an opportunity to be an artist.

I have been meeting with a few physically challenged people to determine the best choice for each of them, to customize each for their disability. For example, since a kid who has cerebral palsy has serious limitations on communication and movement, an adaptive camera interface can provide a way for him to take a picture while using a power wheelchair. The kid can shoot whatever he wants and make a story with a narration by using adaptive software.

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Personal Statement (rev. Feb 26)

February 26th, 2008 1 comment

Assistive Technology as an Artistic Expression Tool (working title)

Personal Statement (rev. Feb 26)

The idea of this project began in the fall of 2005 when I saw the joy on the face of a young boy with severe physical impairment as he played a video tracking game “The Reach Project” presented by Marianne Petit. The game was designed to be able to play while remaining on the floor but at one point the boy suddenly stood up. A simple interactive video tracking technology encouraged kids to move their bodies and gave them a lot of joy. This is the reason why I took an assistive technology class the following semester.

When I was seeking a project idea on assistive technology, I visited a high school for physically challenged students on Long Island. I met a boy who had cerebral palsy so he used a power wheelchair and showed a jerky movement but he was eager to take photographs. He was excited by all the words related to this such as camera, flash, Canon, Sony, album, taking a picture, etc. After much trial and error, I designed an adaptive digital camera interface by hacking a remote controller of a digital camera to make it possible to attach various switches which could be manipulated by head, foot, hand, or finger. It allows students with various disabilities to take photographs. I took the kid on a photography tour around the school and he took pictures of various objects such as his therapist, hallway, classrooms, and a picture on a wall. Then he stopped and took a picture of a board that had stars that children wrote their wishes on. He seemed to concentrate trying to take the best possible picture. He said to his therapist that he was getting closer to his own wishes to be a photographer. I can’t forget his huge smile.

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