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Mechanical easel provides artist with independence-enhancing tool

Mechanical easel provides artist with independence-enhancing tool

An innovative, interdisciplinary student team called "G4orce" has made life a lot better for a young woman with multiple physical challenges and multiple talents, by developing the prototype of a mechanical easel to help her carry out her passion for painting. The mechanical easel enables her to paint using a paint brush held in her mouth, accommodates her wheelchair, is easily transportable, and also replicates an instructor's hand motions. The G4orce team consists of Jennifer Chapin, a PhD student in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders who helped to facilitate the project and senior mechanical engineering students Robert Tirado, Sara Elorfi, Anthony Hable and Travis Ingrahm who developed the mechanical easel not only to better facilitate the artist's painting skills on a larger scale, but also to help enhance her sense of independence. Read more...