The Mighty, an online platform that publises stories of people facing real challenges, including serious health conditions, published a video on our collaboration with Heidi Latsky Dance and On Display Global for the International Day of Persons with Disabilites.
We just received the aluminum cut Core77 Design Awards for the Social Impact category for the Skills Vest created by two of our students, Devin Lewtan and Noah Saldana! The Skills Vest allows kids with Cerebral Palsy to practice their fine motor skills associated with zippering and buttoning. Here's the brief on the winning project:
Kids with Cerebral Palsy have trouble with fine motor skills and need extra help with clothing that include zippers and buttons. We wanted kids to be able to wear the same clothing as their peers, and to help them with this, we created a vest that would allow kids with Cerebral Palsy to practice the skills associated with zippering and buttoning. Our farm-themed peg-board vest allows kids to customize their vest. The felt for the two-layered vest was laser cut as were the wooden toys, which were later painted. The backing for the toys was 3D printed. We worked directly with an organization in Monterrey, Mexico to receive feedback during our design process and then were able to travel to Monterrey to get feedback on the projects, which we integrated into the projects using the facilities at Monterrey, Tec.
Also, if you're curious, here's the story behind the design of the Core77 aluminum award:
Motorola Prototyping Services manufactured the final artifact: an aluminum mold that can be used to cast an unlimited number of award facsimiles for distribution to design team members, researchers, engineers, clients, and mom & dad! The fun part? The material used for casting could be anything from chocolate to silicone to jello.
MIT's Alumni Association featured NuVu in their latest piece titled "NuVu Studio Breaks the 'Classroom' Model" in their Slice of MIT online magazine. Check out the article and film at https://slice.mit.edu/2016/09/08/nuvu-studio-breaks-the-classroom-model/.
TechHive, a media outlet that covers news and reviews of the latest connected home innovations, recently featured our students' Smile Shade. Micah Reid, Ethan Wood, Andy Kreiss and Maia Levitt created this product to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder in which people’s mood is negatively affected by the environment, specifically in areas where there is a seasonal lack of sunlight.
You can read the full TechHive article here:
Snapmunk also picked up the story and product of the students' invention. Check out the Snapmunk piece here:
NuVu Student Micah Reid appears on Design Squad's Kid Engineer Series to explain how she and her team at NuVu built lunch table prototypes to solve a crucial problem at our school.
The full piece is available at: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/video/kid-engineer-lunch-table/
Long-term NuVu Student, Kate Reed, just won the Anything Goes portion of The Hackaday Prize, an electronic free for all to build the coolest gizmos imaginable. Today, twenty winners were announced, and Kate's Invisible project created during this Spring's Art in Public Space studio was selected for this award! Kate wins $1000 and will now move on to the last phase of The Hackaday Prize, to be judged by our fourteen celebrity judges. The winner of the Hackaday Prize will received $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe Design Lab in Pasadena.
More details on the Anything Goes portion of The Hackaday Prize at http://hackaday.com/2016/06/06/these-20-projects-just-won-1000-in-the-hackaday-prize/.
More details on Kate's Invisible Project: https://hackaday.io/project/11119-invisible
Our NuVu Students have won high accolades! Today, the Core77 Design Awards announced their winners, and three of our NuVu Student projects have been awarded top honors in the Design for Social Impact category!
Skills Vest by Devin Lewtan and Noah Saldana
Student Runner Up
Arte Para Todos
More info on the Design Awards available here: http://bit.ly/1sq4NNC