Gaming for the Greater Good
A tour of a special needs classroom and a meeting with a hospital IT exec pushed a Michigan Engineering instructor to refocus two of his classes.
A different kind of design class
Software Engineering 481 is a tech incubator with a heart. Last semester, participants whittled 50 ideas down to two release-worthy games for children with autism.
Beyond the classroom
Children with autism, as well as patients with brachial plexus palsy and cerebral palsy could benefit from the students' work.
The magic of the common good
Part serendipity and part snowball effect, a wide variety of people came together to make these projects happen.
Next semester, students will explore the Kinect's facial movement detector, while patients at the U-M Health System use this generation's games.