The Senior Capstone Design project Team 4 consisting of Trevor Dirheimer, Jeffrey Hancock, Dominic Hill, Yakov Kochubievsky and Sean Stewart Moore, along with their Faculty Facilitator Professor Virginia Ayres took on the challenge of developing a Smart Walker Device. The team recently received Honorable Mention from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge. Fifty nine entries to the challente were received from 30 universities with 3 top prizes and 6 honorable mentions given.
The project team developed the Smart Walker Device for David, a bright and successful MSU undergraduate student who is visually and motorically challenged. David recently fell down an unfamiliar flight of stairs on campus because he was not able to see the drop-off as he approached. Stephen Blosser, Assistive Technology Specialist for The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) sponsored the design team project.
The project team evaluated several designs against such criteria as the ability to alert the user at least 4 feet ahead of a drop off, the battery life, durability and impact resilience, the ability to work outside, and portability to different walkers. The final design utilized two laser diode (LiDAR) sensors, a microcontroller, and an aluminum housing/harness.
Congratulations to Team 4!
Please find more details at: (http://research.msu.edu/student-design-earns-national-honors-at-nih-challenge/).