Issue No. 05 - September/October (2017 vol. 37)
Susan Reiser , University of North Carolina Asheville
Rebecca Bruce , University of North Carolina Asheville
Jackson Martin , University of North Carolina Asheville
Brent Skidmore , University of North Carolina Asheville
Faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville partnered with local healthcare professionals and retirement home residents and administrators on an assistive-technology project. The Creative Fabrication introductory computer science course incorporated subject-matter experts from the healthcare community, older and differently abled “users,” medical students, and sculpture faculty. Over the semester, the class students created assistive devices to meet the needs of the retirement home residents. They prototyped their designs in foam and 3D modeling software and cast parts of their design in bronze or aluminum. User-centered design, the design process, and the importance of form and function were emphasized throughout the project.
Assistive technologies, Computer science education, Design automation, Project management
S. Reiser, R. Bruce, J. Martin and B. Skidmore, "Making Together: An Interdisciplinary, Inter-institutional Assistive-Technology Project," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 9-14, 2017.