Students Design Combination Lock Operating Mechanism for Visually Impaired

Team will demonstrate the device, blindfolded, at senior design presentation

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Rochester Institute of Technology students will unveil an automatic operating mechanism for a combination lock, which can be used by the visually impaired or individuals with fine motor skills limitations, during the Department of Computer Engineering’s senior design demonstration May 8. The operating mechanism, designed and constructed by students Jeremy Espenshade and Jason Fay, allows for unlocking without the need for divulging the combination. Espenshade and Fay will demonstrate the device blindfolded to illustrate its utilization by the blind or visually impaired.

The Department of Computer Engineering’s senior design demonstration will also showcase eight additional computer engineering student design projects created this academic quarter. All students in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering are required to formulate, design and construct a project in their field of study during their fifth/senior year in the program.

WHAT: Senior design demonstration

WHO: RIT engineering students

WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 8

WHERE: Erdle Commons, first floor, James E. Gleason Building, RIT Campus