lapPAC facilitates independence and privacy for students using motorized wheelchairs. Typically students who use motorized wheelchairs carry all their possessions in backpacks that hang on the back of their chairs. The students do not have the ability to reach around behind their chairs to access the backpacks. This lapPAC is designed for students with Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy(DMD). Students with DMD have limited reach and macro-movements while they retain dexterity and micro-movements. The lapPAC provides DMD students with the ability to access a laptop, a voice recorder and a water bottle.

The form and aesthetics of the lapPAC is proof of concept that assistive technology devices don't have to be clinical to be functional. This tray is currently being used by a student at a public school in New York City. The student calls it his "docking station".


Development Blog: All Fixed

Roles: Designer and Fabricator | 2006

Collaborator: Karen Roston, Occupational Therapist

Consultants: The students who use motorized wheelchairs and the occupational therapists at P.S. 199 in New York City.

Professors: Marianne Petit, Anita Perr and Michael Schneider
Developed in Introduction to Assistive Technology at Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.

Remember Me

Photos by: Rotem Tashach

Remember is an exploration of personal community. In this case the community is comprised of the mobile devices we carry with us everyday. The layers of technology that we tote around with us daily create a digital second skin. The jacket is a physical representation of this second skin and is wired to display the communication between our digital devices.

In this project we empower the objects to converse with each other through the use of Bluetooth. The conversation serves two purposes. The first goal is for the objects to stay in touch with each other. If one of the objects goes missing, leaves the conversation, the jacket will visually displays the disruption. The second goal is for the conversation to create a shield of digital noise that will prevent any attempt to access personal data.

Finally, the devices and the Jacket are equipped with physical switches. The LEDs on the jacket displays whether all the devices are connected or not. This function creates a physical security of the items.

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CuteCircuit Show: video by Megan MacMurray

Roles: Co-Designer and Co-Developer | 2006

Collaborators: Sonali Sridhar and Angela Pablo

Professor: Raffi Krikorian
Developed in Every Bit You Make at Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.