dv logoTwo BME Capstone Design Course products are among 15 finalists for the 2014 da Vinci Awards, an international program that celebrates the latest, most impactful research and developments in all fields of assistive and adaptive technology.

The projects are the Toyrota powered mobility device and the Scale-Metrix Wheelchair Scale. The Toyrota, which is currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood, Alabama, was designed by Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. The Scale-Metrix Wheelchair Scale was designed by Jarrod Collins, Josh Haynes, Austin Johnson, and Brandon Sherrod, and has been in use at the Lakeshore Foundation, also in Homewood .

Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations. The two UAB projects were chosen from applicants around the world and are among finalists from the United States, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Video submissions for each finalist are featured at www.youtube.com/thedavinciawards . The entry that receives the most “thumbs up” votes and views on You Tube will receive the “Leo” People’s Choice Award.

All finalists will be recognized April 10, 2014 at a special awards gala at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Read a feature on the Toyrota at UAB News.