Design Challenge College Winners
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Project: Clicker Band
Team JUVO from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) created the Clicker Band on behalf of a fellow Virginia Tech student, who was their Subject Matter Expert (SME) for this project. The team's SME, who is partially paralyzed and has limited control of his hands due to a C4 spinal cord injury, said that one of the difficulties he has is using his computer mouse. The team set out to help their SME more efficiently and accurately use his mouse by creating a wearable device with a button that enables him to click with his left wrist while navigating the mouse with his right hand. The effectiveness of the device was measured with an online testing software, and the results showed that it helped their SME click and navigate more quickly and accurately than when he used a traditional computer mouse.