Earlier this year Autism Speaks and Core77 Design Magazine partnered for Autism Connects, an international design challenge for students. The beautiful and innovative entries were designed to engage individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder through technology and creativity. Jury winner Gobug is an interactive social inclusion toy designed by Greg Katz and Tom Rim, students at University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts Industrial Design.
With Gobug, up to three players handle controllers. The more in sync they are, the faster Gobug goes. Teamwork and effective communication are rewarded by Gobug's increased responsiveness and positive feedback. In the course of designing for players with ASD Katz and Rim sought to create an experience with therapeutic value for auditory processing, spatial orientation, visual tracking, motor planning and social interaction. We would love to see Gobug and the other Autism Connects winners will find their way to the market. Learn more about Gobug and the other winners at Autism Speaks and Core 77.