Cosmos

A wearable glove designed for Sara (a eleven year old girl) with cerebral palsy to help her communicate.

Four month project at California College of the Arts (January 2016 - May 2016)

Collaboration with Veda Zalarvis Chase: We conceptualized the project together. I focused on prototyping, coding the flex sensors using an Arduino and user research. Veda focused on material selection, colors on the glove and sewing.

PROBLEM

I worked with Sara a girl with cerebral palsy. She has a tough time communicating with friends and family as she cannot move, except the slight movement in her thumbs and pointer fingers.

MY GOAL

Help Sara utilize the movement in her thumb and pointer fingers to communicate.

PROTOTYPING: CODING USING ARDUINO

Through light feedback we wanted to understand the conscious range of motion Sara has in her pointer finger and thumb.

TESTING: MULTIPLE PROTOTYPES

We built gloves fitted with flex and motion sensors to capture Sara’s range of motion. I had to fine tune the code multiple times to fall within Sara’s range of motion.

When Sara moves her thumb a tune plays. Both hands play different tunes and when Sara moves her right thumb she’s saying “Yes!”