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Virtual Technology and Design Students Win Several Awards for Visualization Therapy and Garment Design App

May 06, 2019

Students in the College of Art and Architecture's Virtual Technology and Design Program have received several awards this semester at business competitions across the country. One student group created a virtual world to address medical conditions through visualization, mindfulness and meditation; another group created an interactive app that functions as a design studio for garment makers, including home sewists and students.

The first group received mentorship from massage therapist Victoria Dickinson and Coeur d'Alene art gallery owner Blair Williams, who sustained an injury as a teenager that left her paraplegic. Williams has regained partial mobility through sustained mindfulness and visualization regimens she received from her therapist, and helped students make a product that deepens and extends these treatments. The product is meant to be complementary to the patients’ regular visits to licensed practitioners. Students won a total of $10,500 for their product, called Neurochi Meditation. The student team includes Julio Gonzalez, Joe Oles and Jake Salus from the College of Art and Architecture, along with Anne Onstott and Peter Schmidt from the College of Business and Economics.

The second student group’s app consists of garment instruction lessons and allows users to input measurements and try the garment on a mannequin before committing to construction. They're also working on a function that allows users to see their garment on a virtual character in augmented reality. Students created the app, called You Sew Studio, with mentorship from Lori Wahl, a faculty member in the Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. They received a total of $4,500 in winnings for their product. The You Sew Studio team includes students Kelsey Hoff, Erin Killilea and Trevor Maine from the College of Art and Architecture, along with Amberly Marino and Jessica Freitas from the College of Business and Economics and McKenna Ritcheson from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Both student groups were advised by Brian Cleveley, senior instructor in virtual technology and design and K.D. Hatheway-Dial, instructor in accounting.

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