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Class Design Project Leads to Patent Application and Potential Business

May 5, 2014
Appalachian State University

A design for a therapeutic glove that could help improve dexterity and grip strength for children and adults has resulted in a $15,000 award to an interdisciplinary team of Appalachian State University students.

While she initially wasn’t excited about the task, as Williams researched the challenges affecting the assigned demographic, she became more excited about its potential.Junior industrial design major Bailey Williams from Advance, designed and created a prototype for gloves with magnets in the finger tips as part of a design class in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Students in the class were challenged to design a product for a specific disability. Williams’ assignment was for 2- to 5-year olds with limited fine motor abilities.

Learn more about therapeutic glove design.