UD students develop tech for disabled veteran

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The University of Dayton and its Innovation Lab will soon change someone’s life. 

Five senior students have developed a voice activated shifting device that will attach to a disabled veteran’s bike, making it easier for him to get around. 

Ryan Kronk has been working on this project Since October of 2018.

“What’s great is that technology today allowed us to outsource the voice activation. The real problem was how do we make sure it detects your voice specifically,” said Kronk. 

With the help of Quality of Life Plus, an organization that focuses on improving life for veterans, students like Kronk are able to make a difference while also solving real-world problems. 

“Because Sgt. Tim Brown really enjoys biking, we wanted to satisfy his want to bike, but we were limited with options because of his lack of hand ability,” said Kronk. 

The team of five engineering students does get some guidance from instructors, but this is a senior capstone class, meaning it’s time to show what you’ve learned. 

“It’s very gratifying. And they end up being the instructor because they take on projects that we know nothing about,” said John Hageman, Coordinator at the Innovation Center.

Some of the students have not met their customer. That will happen on Satutday.

“I know biking is something he is super passionate about. So it’s nice that we can play into that and do something that I think will fulfill him for a longtime,” said Matthew Huntington, a UD Engineering student. 

2 NEWS will air more on this story this Saturday. 

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