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Holiday spirit evident in nanotech-enhanced products for the elderly

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM

The holidays are a time to think of others and, in this spirit, it is a pleasure to post about some innovative work in the textiles department at Cornell to create clothes and other solutions to challenges faced by the elderly and using nanotechnology solutions. The products they created include "Bi-Yourself," an aluminum-fabric wheelchair that can be easily manipulated by its owner without the help of a caretaker and "Hearing Enhancement and Thermal Systems," a knitted hat that incorporates microphones, amplifiers, photovoltaic sensors and fiber-optic threads to provide warmth without muffling sound. Many of these creative students are women, including Joanne Kim ’17, who designed Bi-Yourself with Lauren Cramer ’16 and Rachel Jun ’17, and Moriah Shires '16 and Eleni Toubanos '16 who designed a belt-insole-wristband combo designed to prevent falls. The students were aided by four women mentors, Christine Baron, Karen Cunningham, Aiden Payne and Nancy Streeter, all of whom are former teachers. The students also learned how to submit patents which is important since women constitute only a tiny fraction of patent-holders. Learn more here.


- Written by Paulette Clancy

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