Summer Fabrication Studio Focuses on Assistive Medical Technology
In this summer research fabrication studio, led by Professor Juhong Park, students researched assistive technology to develop embedded systems and architectural solutions to support people with disabilities or in a medical emergency. Brief descriptions of each project and links to videos of the students’ final presentations are below.

Clarisse Lopez: Postural Back Brace for Kyphosis
Kyphosis is the exaggerated outward curvature of the thoracic vertebrae of the upper back. Anyone can suffer from Postural Kyphosis. One is diagnosed with Thoracic Kyphosis when the angle of the spine and thoracic vertebrae exceed an angle of 45 degrees; the normal range is 25 to 40 degrees. The Preventative Back Brace for Postural Kyphosis is both a spinal monitoring system and a corrective device. It is an example of soft robotics and pneumatic structures applied within the medical field. The device could be part of a chair, for example, or worn. It buzzes and nudges the slumping user to straighten their posture; the buzzing stops when correct posture is achieved.

Video Presentation, Part 1
Video Presentation, Part 2

Sophie Juneau: Assistive Cloud Pillow
The significance of the ACP is that it assists the insomniac while the person is experiencing the symptoms of insomnia throughout the night. The ACP encourages the insomniac to focus on his or her breathing rhythm to gradually release the strain produced by anxiety, as demonstrated in the video below. The ACP also integrates responsive technologies, including sound and a pressure sensor that encourage the patient to regain independence by tackling their disorder by acting – or [distr] acting – themselves in the moment.

Video Presentation

Shilun Zhou and Jonathan Russo: Firefighting Drone
Drones could be used as aids in rescuing people from burning buildings, especially if they are trapped in areas human firefighters are unable to reach. Drones could provide people in danger with aids such as carbon dioxide reducing masks, rope ladders for window escapes, and also serve as guides to find the safest exit route utilizing a thermal camera, which could be used to assess the affected area, giving additional assistance to firefighters in their work. This application of drone technology can both lower the risks for human firefighters, as well as reduce the amount of deaths and injuries caused by building fires.

Video Presentation, Part 1
Video Presentation, Part 2
Video Presentation, Part 3

Sofia dos Santos Menezes: Assistive Bracelet for Alzheimer’s Disease
This bracelet will have two functions: track where the user is and provides reminders for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. In case of disappearance or wandering, which can be caused by memory loss or confusion, the locator sensor can track the patient. For those suffering from memory loss, they can also be notified when they have an appointment or when need to take medications, etc. All these sensors will be connected to an application that can be used in smartphone or tablet, so caregivers can have access to and manage the activities of the patient, their whereabouts, medication schedules and more.

Video Presentation