Micaela made a greate documentry blog for the project. http://itp.nyu.edu/blogs/mp1852/
We build the resting piece. Also put some additional soft silicons on it to make Wilson rest. Also, we made the mouse pad as wider as he want to. However, he told us that he is not comfortable with that. So, we gave up the idea and started something new.
In one of our classes, one of the guests, told us that we should use a track ball to help him. We bought a track ball, and let him try. He was very comfortable with it, and he seemed he really liked it. I was wondering that, using cliscks and the mouse at the same time might not be easy for him, but he managed that. Then everything become simpler for us. We just need to build up a table for the track ball.
First idea that came to our mind, was to use some foam blocks to build up a cube and put the track ball on top of it. Because foam blocks are strong and they are not heavy. We build a cube and give it to him. We were planning to cut some pieces to make it stable on his table. We asked him to do that, but he didn’t want it. He is nearly all the time ok with everything.
After we left the cube and track ball in his place, next thing was to buy a FLStudio software and teach him how to use it. It is very easy to learn it. I just showed him twice and he learned it. Then I get a myspace page for him to upload his beats. Address: www.mypace.com/wilsonlenny .
As a final step, we made a documentry video with him and his mother Anna. They were very exited about that and it is a good documentation for the class. We made it, because we think that whole proceses of this class more important than the final product. I am going to upload the video later.
Also we are in to ITP Winter Show 2008 with this video. Also, Lenny will be at ITP at 12/16/2008 to talk about it and see the floor. This is very exiting.
I am a little bit late to document this class. Firstly, during the first weeks, we decide our project groups and our projects. I am working with Micaela and Wilson. Wilson has muscular dystrophy, he is 19. He likes hip-hop and wants to produce some hip-hop beats.
This presentation is for our first ideas: presentation
After talking with him, we figure out that, we don,t have to build a high-tech thing for him. Also, he is happy with his mouse, we don’t need to keep it away from him.
So, we came up with the idea of building a resting piece for him. This piece is going to help him to rest while he is working on his beats. We might at a tapping function to his instead clicking.