"Haptic Mirror Therapy Glove" is an interactive mirror therapy glove for the treatment of a paretic limb following a stroke. It allows the user to stimulate the fingertips of their affected hand by tapping the fingers of their unaffected hand using force sensing resistors to trigger linear resonance actuators on the corresponding fingers. The glove may potentially be useful to stroke survivors and their therapists by encouraging the development of new multi-sensory rehabilitation exercises, which might better help recover lost sensation and strength in their fingers. This project was selected as the "Best Functional Design" at the 2013 International Symposium on Wearable Computing in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Interactive Product Design Lab (IPDL) is a purpose-built lab designed to support both teaching and research by allowing students to investigate, explore, and experiment with an extensive array of new technologies. Central to this concept, the School of Industrial Design has placed a high priority on the need to foster and develop interdisciplinary, team-based collaboration with other educational and research units from across the campus, including the School of Interactive Computing, the School of Mechanical Engineering, the Graphics Visualization and Usability Lab (GVU), and the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA). The Interactive Product Design Lab was built in the summer of 2011 and opened in time for the 2011 fall semester.