October 18, 2012

Beaver Country Day School Awarded $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Grant


BIGfish client Beaver Country Day School was featured in today’s Mass High Tech for receiving a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program to build an automated robotic vehicular independence system to help people in wheelchairs with everyday tasks. The team at Beaver was inspired by Ann Bevan Hollos, a wheel-chair bound middle school dean and teacher at Beaver Country Day School, to develop a device, which (unlike current wheelchair backpacks and tethered trailers) will wirelessly follow the user via motion sensors and a Microsoft Kinect sensor. The InvenTeam created the hands-free device, named JARVIS, to carry up to 40 pounds of cargo after watching Hollos struggle to carry awkward or large objects while in her wheelchair. To read the entire article, click the photo above or click here.

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