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February 20, 2013

Toye's toy

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Creating a third hand really wasn’t an option, of course, but making use of Toye’s feet was. Like any engineer worth his salt, Asprogiannis cannibalized a joy stick from a video game app and crafted the pressure pads out of aluminum foil. A Velcro arm band was utilized to wrap around Toye’s hand brace.

Soon, Toye was off and running through Mario Land.

“Trying to stabilize it on my hand was the hardest part,” Toye said.

In past classes, students have taken apart stuffed animals and the like and incorporated control devices into them. But this particular project was both more challenging and more personal.

“It was nice to see them do this for a reason, as opposed to just for fun,” Leadbeater said.

Leadbeater also said she and her students have no interest in patenting the system; they would just like to be able to help others coping with similar challenges.

When asked what he learned through the project, Asprogiannis said it’s that “nothing is impossible.”

“I’ve never incorporated using your whole body into something like this. I found that very awesome,” Asprogiannis said. “I think it would be great to do other projects, more advanced projects. Maybe doing something else, another project that involves another person who might not be able to do this or that and see what else I can do from there.”

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