The overall purpose of this project is to educate the next generation of wireless technology designers on universal design as a core practice for innovative and future design of products and applications.
The specific objectives of the project are to:
2013 Student Design Competition: During the 2013 spring semester, 80 industrial design students at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech participated in the Wireless RERC’s fourth annual “Getting Wireless” design challenge. This year, 32 sophomores at Virginia Tech participated under the direction of Professor Mitzi Vernon and Assistant Professor Akshay Sharma. At Georgia Tech, 15 juniors under instructor Wendell Wilson, and 33 sophomores under Assistant Professor Young Mi Choi and instructor John Lau participated in the project.
"Activ" Team Wins Silver in the 2013 UX Awards! One of this year’s teams at Virginia Tech was awarded a Silver for “Best Accessibility Innovation” in the UX Awards 2013. Winners were honored as part of NY Internet Week on May 21. Now in its third year, the UX Awards are the first awards created specifically to celebrate exceptional design in digital user experience.
2012 Student Design Competition : During the spring, 2012 semester, industrial design students at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) participated in the Wireless RERC’s third annual “Getting Wireless” design challenge.
Learning from Older Adults: During Fall semester 2012, students at the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech spent 15 weeks at the Wesley Woods retirement community learning from older adults. The “studio” class, headed by Assistant Professor Dr. Claudia B. Rebola, focused on the full cycle of designing products from problem definition to design iteration and prototype deliverables. This advanced design course is one of the offerings under Building Research Capacity training project of the Wireless RERC, where students are provided an in-depth understanding how to design products considering universal design principles. As such, central to the class was the task of designing universal interactive products for older adults.
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The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education under grant number H133E110002. The opinions contained in this website are those of the Wireless RERC and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or NIDRR.