A co-op at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio, keeps Jonathan Cabrera busy and using his skills to develop precision equipment parts for his employer. More
Internships and co-ops gave Rachel McAnallen a broad and diverse background which helped create and expand her personal network. More
Two projects featured at the Imagine RIT Innovation + Creativity Festival in May are mentioned in this blog about RIT's Effective Access Technology Conference. More
When a team of four students won third place in NTID’s The Next Big Idea innovation competition in spring 2013, they felt they had created something special. The team, known as MotionSavvy, had developed an application that would enable a tablet or other device to translate sign language into audible words and sentences, allowing deaf and hearing people to communicate much more easily and quickly.
Last summer the students, Ryan Hait-Campbell, a new media design major from Seattle; Alex Opalka, a computer engineering major from Glastonbury, Connecticut; Wade Kellard, a mechanical engineering technology major from Cincinnati, Ohio; and Jorden Stemper, an industrial design major from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were accepted into RIT’s Summer Start-Up course for new businesses at RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The team is now in San Francisco working with Leap Motion, Inc. a company that manufactures and markets a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and finger motions as input, like a mouse, but requiring no hand contact or touching. Leap Motion’s LEAP AXLR8R provides the technical support the MotionSavvy team needs to further their work on technology that will benefit deaf and hearing people. Quickly making the leap from college students to business people, the team now has created a tablet app and is seeking investors and grants for more research and development. More
Verizon, Sprint, AT & T and T-Mobile now offer Text 911 service so that people who may not be able to make a voice call can get the emergency help they need. By years’ end all other carriers will be on board.
The two students interviewed, Christopher Fenn and Jonathan Pons, have a vested interest in this technology. In RIT/NTID’s The Next Big Idea innovation competition earlier this month, they took third place for “Silent 911”, an app that would enable contact with fire, police or emergency dispatchers with the touch of a button on a smartphone. The message for help would be received instantly along with pre-programmed personal information.
Calvin Young expects to graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree in new media marketing. But unlike many new college graduates, he’s already working full time even before he’s donned his cap and gown.
His door to employment opened three years ago during one of his co-ops with ZVRS, a video relay company based in Clearwater, Fla.Continue reading
Three students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf say their days of oversleeping may soon be a thing of the past after winning this year’s “Next Big Idea” competition to better the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. More
The Next Big Idea is an annual competition, sponsored by ZVRS, in which cross-disciplinary teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students work together to create a product, a type of technology or a business that will be useful to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Teams have been working since last fall to develop ideas and create their project.Continue reading
On her summer co-op, the challenges of using color and balance to enhance design motivated Leah Murray to work harder. More