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Fall 2015 Projects

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Our projects are designed to assist caregivers and improve health care services in the community. This semester we are working on 5 projects: Braille eReader, AMC Assistive Tech - Colton, Hippotherapy, Iron Man, and Medicine Cabinet. For more information on current and previous projects, click the links on the right.


Braille eReader

To date, there are an estimated 6.6 million people in the United States alone with visual disability.Our project involves the design and construction of a multi-line, refreshable braille display to be used as a braille eReader. Our primary goal is to provide blind and low-vision people the capability to read multiple lines of braille instantaneously, allowing them greater access to reading materials.


AMC Assistive Technology - Colton

A local child was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC). Those affected by it have difficulty in daily tasks such as eating, written communication, dressing, etc. The AMC Assistive Technology team aims to enhance the daily lives of the family by providing mobility devices designed for those with AMC.


Hippotherapy

It is proven fact that those with weak core muscles develop stronger core muscles when riding horses, since the horse motion forces the muscles to expand and contract, developing the muscles in the process. Our team is in the process of developing a motorized frame that has the essential aspects of a horse, while eliminating those elements that are deemed unnecessary. We aim to improve the lives of those whom are in need of core therapy so they may walk again or for the first time.


Iron Man

Prosthetic limbs are often bulky and unsophisticated. There are a number of projects around the world that focus on “smart prosthetics”. These projects allow the user to have more control and more mobility with their prosthetic. Unfortunately, many of the prosthetics on the market today are extremely expensive and are not catered to the need of the individual. This project will benefit those who use prosthetics or braces to assist them in movement, due to an amputation or damaged appendage.


Medicine Cabinet

The goal for the SVAT Medicine Cabinet team is to create a secure lock-box for prescription drugs to prevent drug abuse in teens and children. The project was started in 2010 by the Riley Advancement team, and after a two year hiatus is now being continued by the St. Vincent Advancement Team. Our focus for this project is to create a reliable and functional internal locking mechanism that can be integrated with the previous advancement in the security system from the RAT Team. The Medicine Cabinet Project has progressed in the design process to the point of constructing a prototype of the locking design and its integration of its primary functions. This includes the internal motor circuit design and the coding of the micro-controller to make a working fingerprint scanner. Documented is a complete CAD drawing of the locking mechanism and a scaled 3D print of the design has been created.

NOTE: All documentation for each project is on the Documentation tab