Some excerpts from the media coverage of the TEDxUW pertaining to my talk:
CTV News (Interview + Article)
Safwan Choudhury was a speaker at the conference. Now an engineer, Choudhury and some classmates had a vision during their days at the University of Waterloo to design a thought-controlled wheelchair. “At UW you’re just surrounded by some of the smartest and brightest people doing some amazing things, and it really inspires you,” Choudhury says. Now Choudhury wants to inspire that next generation of students.
TechVibes Blog (Article)
Safwan Choudhury, who also spoke at TEDxUW has a disabled family member, so he was inspired to invent a wheelchair that was thought controlled for paralyzed persons. He said that engineering is about small problems that you can individually solve. In this case the three-step process was about reading thoughts, interpreting thoughts and then acting on interpretation for the technology to work. He also says that there is a large jump between theory and reality, so you have to close the gap.
The Iron Warrior (University of Waterloo’s Engineering Newspaper)
As an Engineering student, a word that really inspired me, presented by one of the speakers, Safwan Choudhury, was “Imagineering: Letting your imagination soar, and then engineering it down to earth.”