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Making telepresence more useful

The essence of being there:
Students in a robotics class spent the semester thinking about and building devices with a human-centered design principle. How, for example, would a remote telepresence user manage to push the button on an elevator? 
(Distributed December 15, 2014)

Encapsulating Brown In a Day

Ideation and Sketch Modeling:

As part of Brown University’s 250th Celebration, students came together on Saturday, September 27, in the Brown Design Workshop in Prince Lab for an all-day Design Workshop. The theme of the design challenge was, ‘Brown Encapsulated,’ and students were challenged with re-imagining a ‘time capsule’. What could be created to capture small representations of Brown culture and society now to revisit in the future?

(Distributed October 8, 2014)

'Brown Encapsulated' - Student Design Workshop

This workshop will focus on design concepts and hands-on design, showcasing team-based, experiential learning.

The theme of the design challenge will be: Brown Encapsulated - students will be challenged with re-imagining a ‘time capsule’. What could be created to capture small representations of Brown culture and society now to revisit in the future?

Students will develop simple prototypes over the course of the workshop, and two will be chosen for further development and later 'buried' to mark Brown's 250th Anniversary celebration.

(Distributed September 24, 2014)

Re-engineering ENGN0030

Mentor Week:

With help from a grant from the the Association of American Universities (AAU), Brown faculty members Clyde Briant and Chris Bull have been working to incorporate more experiential learning into the engineering curriculum, starting with the first-year ENGN0030: Introduction to Engineering.

(Distributed September 8, 2014)

Superhero Cyborgs: Body Modification Workshop

Aiden's "Lego Hand" is one attachment for his body mod - the threaded rod is for interchangeable parts!:

Traditional prosthetics generally try to replace a missing body part with a device that looks and functions like the missing part. What if we embrace this body modification as a cyborgian additional to ourselves? What if this body modification could function in a way that the body can't? This workshop explored the question: if not a hand, then what?  

(Distributed August 4, 2014)
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