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YiPi Drawing Robot for Children with Dyspraxia
Winner - Platinum
Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Zilin Chen
Design Type: Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: Art Center College of Design
Team Members: Zilin Chen
YiPi is a drawing robot designed for children with dyspraxia that helps them practice drawing and writing in a fun way. Dyspraxia is a disorder that impacts people’s motor skills. The product is designed for children aged 8-15 who might have lost confidence because they cannot catch up with school and daily life due to dyspraxia. Different from most robots, YiPi is designed to be toy-like and inoffensive to children. It serves as children’s companion and its appearance will make children feel that they are playing with a toy instead of going through tough training. It prevents children with dyspraxia to feel that they are different from others. YiPi uses motion tracking to create drawing and writing on paper following children’s movement in real-time. Children are expected to use this product for training and eventually graduate from it and become confident in daily life.