P17005: Assistive Tablet Case


Project Summary Project Information

This project focused on designing a tablet carrying-case to help users with nonverbal Autism coupled with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and gross motor skill difficulties. Tablets are often used for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with the help of type-to-speech and picture-to-speech applications. These apps are a less expensive alternative to traditional AAC devices and, therefore, need to be accessible to all potential users. Additionally, by utilizing mainstream technology for an assistive communication purpose,the tablet will be a more inclusive alternative for users and potentially assist in social interactions. By creating this case, the goal was to allow individuals, with not only Autism but with other physical limitations, be present in group conversations and on social media and, in turn, allow for more independence.

The objective of this project was to design a sensory-friendly, portable, and durable device with an emphasis on supporting the sensory and gross motor skill needs of the user. One of the main goals for this tablet case was for it to be completely manually operated with limited number of moving parts to avoid breakage and choking hazards. The main focus areas for this project included design for special needs children, rapid prototyping, 3D modeling, and 3D printing.

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Project Name
Assistive Tablet Case
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive Devices
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Gerry Garavuso, gxgddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Felicia Theirer, bklynflee@aol.com

Team Members

Left to Right: Michael Bartholomew, Christina Maragioglio & Elizabeth Jackson

Left to Right: Michael Bartholomew, Christina Maragioglio & Elizabeth Jackson

Member Role Contact
Elizabeth Jackson Lead Engineer (ME) enj2307@rit.edu
Christina Maragioglio Project Manager (ME) cnm6114@rit.edu
Michael Bartholomew Lead Designer (ID) mdb2470@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation


The MotorMouth Tablet Case team would like to thank our guide, Gerry, and other mentors at RIT for their support and encouragement throughout this process. We would also like to thank our customer, Felicia, for donating her time and experience to make this project successful. Finally, we would like to thank Autodesk for their generous funding of this project.