Product Design for the Developing World
This website page has been updated and the content will reflect the current course. We had our first class yesterday and we're off to a great start!
The class is traveling by car pool to Downey to arrive at 2:30 PM (or as soon after as possible) We will be hosted by Phil Requejo and Andy Lin our partners for this Class. We will meet practitioners and people with disabilities. The purpose is to acquaint the Caltech and Art Center students with a range of areas for the class teams to attack. When the meeting ends at 5:00 PM we will have dinner locally for all those who would like to participate and review what we have learned.
This is a Design Class with a long history, morphing from a straight
"Engineering Design" challenge for 5 years, in Collaboration with Art Center -
to "Design for the Developing World" where we took students to Guatemala and
conducted the Class originally in collaboration with Universidad Landivar every
year for 5 years, then to Kerala India for 5 years and to ITT Gandhinagar for 2
We then went last winter- much closer- to Downey and "Design for Independence
from Disability" All of the projects were generated by Rehabilitation
Specialists and the patients themselves.
The class was taught in partnership with Rancho Los Amigos National
Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC) in Downey, California and co-taught with Philip
Requejo, PhD (Rehabilitation Engineering) and Andrew Lin, MS Center for Applied
Rehabilitation Technology (CART). Nathan Allen from Art Center lectured and Art
Center students participated as well on Teams.
Our guest speakers also included people who had to our eyes very difficult
challenges. But their human spirit when connected through existing appliances
inspired us all.
The Caltech Poster session Final was reported on by the Pasadena News which
describes the projects in the students words.
The students designed 7 products to aid people who are elderly or
handicapped.These projects included:
Wheelchair for patients with hemiplegia
Pressure ulcer prevention system
Low cost tablet computer mount
Weatherproof wheelchair canopy
3d Printed prosthetic tools
Open source eyetracking software
Ergonomic crutch foot
There was a second Final where the students presented their results at Rancho to
their collaborators and future users. It was a very exciting event!
In the (Spring) Issue of ENGenius, see "Bridging the Gap" by Katie Neith
One thing everyone agreed upon was that we needed more time!
Thus, the Class will be run for both the winter through the Spring Quarters
2016. We're all very excited to see what the students will come up with!