Hwang Gi-taek, a HUFSan who designed the “Portable Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device,” received the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy award at the 2018 Display Challenge Contest on Oct. 1, showing the value of technological development for the socially disadvantaged.
Watching students in special-education school having difficulties with communication assisting devices, Hwang applied flexible display technology, making his new device portable like a Smartwatch. It also has distinct features like location tracing and a warning alarm in case of an emergency.
“Things we take it for granted can be extremely demanding for the disabled. Technology can narrow this gap and will let people share the same experience regardless of the disability they have,” said Hwang Gi-taek, Department of Industrial and Management Engineering ‘16.