DENVER - Soldiers injured in the war in Iraq or Afghanistan may one day be able to snowmobile or sailboard thanks to the work of some students at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
The final assignment for an industrial design class at the college was to come up with gadgets to meet the needs of amputees. Specifically, they were working to meet the needs of retired Army Sergeant Brian Anderson who lost both of his legs and his left hand when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq in 2003.
The goal was to create items that would allow amputees to remain active, despite their injuries. They began by talking to Anderson about his needs and then took their ideas all the way from research to the creation of proto-types.
On Monday, each student presented their idea to a designer from Pride Mobility, a company that builds wheelchairs and other aids for the disabled. The designer provided feedback about each of the designs and pointed out ways they might be improved to make them more viable products for the disabled. The company may work with some of the students to actually bring their designs to consumers.