This is a great story of what can happen at my LIS school (iSchool @ Toronto). It shows that a motivated student can assemble a team with the assistance of great professors and the Dean and alliances with other faculties and make a difference for himself, show the role of librarians in the research and application phases and build something that will make a difference in people’s lives.
Awesome story – congratulations MLS student Tom Garside, Professor Matt Ratto and Dean Seamus Ross.
Powered Leg Device Project Off On The Right Foot
“Through a student’s resourcefulness and motivation to walk better, the iSchool laid the foundation—and the result could have worldwide implications.
Robotic exoskeletons, which are worn by human beings to augment their strength and endurance, have long been a staple of futuristic science fiction stories. But such devices no longer exist only in the imagination.
Over the past two years, Master of Information student, Thomas (Tom) Garside, has been the subject of a University of Toronto collaboration to bring wearable, powered assistive technology out of the realm of science fiction, and into the everyday lives of people with compromised mobility.
A full time Master of Information student concentrating on CIPS (Critical Information Policy Studies) and KMIM (Knowledge Management), Tom has limited mobility due to cerebral palsy. Typically, he gets around using a cane, manual wheelchair, or motorized scooter.”