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LeTourneau students designing remotes for special needs children

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Right now, there just is not anything available to buy to adapt a remote control toy for a child with disabilities to use. But, some East Texas students are on the case.

Engineering students at LeTourneau University are trying to design devices that would let special needs children use remotes that generally require more finger dexterity than the kids possess.

"The fact that engineering is a serving profession about meeting needs of humanity, and so this project particularly emphasizes that for the students," said Matthew Green, an assistant professor of engineering.

"We did encounter some difficult problems, but I think as a team we came up with a solution to each of the problems, and came out with our best product," said engineering student, Zachary Phillips.

LeTourneau students plan to make their adaptations available as an open source on the internet for families to be able to use Legos to build these student-designed devices.

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