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Senior Design Project Provides Disability Assistance

November 29, 2011 — During the Senior Design Symposium in the College of Engineering and Applied Science on Thursday, December 1, senior electrical engineering students James Branscomb and Scott Rigg, both from Laramie, Wyo., will present their design of a wireless communication device. James and Scott will present their research and design project on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in engineering room 2105. A full schedule of the design symposium is attached.

The device is designed to assist individuals with speech and/or hearing disabilities so they can communicate through a system that outputs typed sentences onto a LCD screen and transforms the sentences into speech, which is then outputted through a speaker so individuals can easily read and hear what is being communicated. The project, in collaboration with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), provides students with an opportunity to find solutions to real-life problems in assistive technology. The biomedical engineering project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

"The project was started because Steve Barrett and Sandy Root-Elledge presented the idea to us and had mentioned that it had been attempted before, but never came to fruition. We determined that the project was feasible and we had an interest in the client," says Branscomb. "After we began, we were able to get most of our equipment thanks to the NSF grant and with help from the staff in the UW Electrical and Computer Engineering Department."

If you have an idea for an assistive technology project, contact Steve Barrett at (307) 766-6181 or Sandy Root-Elledge (WIND) at (307) 766-2764.


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