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While toys modified to the needs of special-needs children are commercially available, they can be expensive and are generally less sophisticated than what most kids enjoy playing with. Freshmen in Dr. Matthew Green's Fundamentals of Engineering Design course were challenged to adapt off-the-shelf remote controlled toys for use by special-needs children. Working in teams, students analyzed the changes in interaction with the toys that would be needed, then designed, built and demonstrated prototype solutions using a LEGO Mindstorms kit and up to $10 in non-LEGO parts.
An alternate assignment introduced in Spring 2011 was to use the same components to allow for adaptive control of a touch-screen device (i.e. to play Angry Birds). Here are videos from a couple of teams who took on that challenge:
Projects were scored in the following areas:
Size, Aesthetics, and Maintenance: