Time Sink

We are a group of Northeastern seniors working on a year long capstone project. Our group is comprised of four programmers and one artist. For the project, we have to come up with a game concept and implement it all the way to a playable demo. In addition, we are conducting user testing in order … See More

Smart Glove: A Study on Usability

Approximately 800,000 people/year in the US suffer a stroke, and 55-75% of these individuals are left with impaired function in the affected hand/arm. With costs of health care rising (estimated stroke care cost ~ $30 billion/year), access to rehabilitation care in the future may be limited. We have developed a prototype low-cost bi-manual instrumented glove … See More

arc: building conversations

ARC is an interactive experience which bridges the communication gap between architects and community members in regards to city planning. The ARC tools include an augmented reality iPad app and corresponding website which helps promote productive discussion. The problem currently facing civic involvement is the lack of clear communication between the architects and the community. … See More

Impact of Architecture and Design on Patient Recovery

The natural environment has a major affect on its user psychologically and physically. æNatural landscape and natural light have been shown to improve patient recovery, reduce analgesic use, and increase overall satisfaction in hospital settings. æHowever in dense urban landscapes, natural views and natural light are not readily accessible. æUrban landscapes have actually been shown … See More

Biohybrid Robot Fabrication using E-Jet Printer

A key challenge of designing and constructing biohybrid robots is interfacing between the biological and synthetic components. In this project, we attempt to address this challenge in our construction of micro-scale motor components for a novel autonomous underwater robot. This swimming robot is designed to use photoproduction to interface between the electrical components of the … See More

Dilemma for dinner: An exploratory study into the meat paradox

Many people like meat, but they dislike animal suffering at the same time; this is called the ‘meat paradox’ (Loughnan et al., 2010). The meat paradox can influence a motivated denial of mind, potentially dissociating the pleasantness of meat-eating from animal suffering (Loughnan et al., 2010). Additionally, some people consider meat-eating to be a moral … See More

SymbolPath: A Continuous Motion Overlay Module for Icon-Based Assistive Communication

Individuals with severe speech im_pairments often rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) sys_tems to interact with others. Individuals with poor literacy skills or compromised motor functions typically use icon-based AAC systems, which enable faster and less effortful message formulation compared to letter-based systems. Yet navigating to and selecting from a series of icons to … See More

Glycosylation change of ?3 integrin in polycystic kidney disease

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a condition in which clusters of cysts develop and accumulate on kidneys, affecting 600,000 Americans, urgently need to develop effective medical therapies. æGlycosylation of integrins have a crucial effect on multiple cell functions, such as cell migration and signaling transduction. In this poster, we describe the glycosylation change for ?3 integrin … See More

High-rate Electro-fluidic Directed Assembly of Nanoelements on Insulating Substrates

Directed assembly of nanoelements has been used to fabricate devices for diverse applications. The challenge of using such techniques consists of developing highly scalable, high-rate (fast) assembly techniques for placing nanoelements precisely on either conductive or insulating surfaces. In fluidic assembly, nanoelement migration toward the substrate is only driven by the concentration gradient between the … See More