Jared Goodner is currently pursuing a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California’s Medical Device Development Facility, where he seeks to better understand the human motor-control system by modeling spinal cord neural networks. Prior to attending USC, he graduated in 2007 from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in biomedical engineering. Since then, he has worked for an MIT spinoff firm that designs and builds humanoid robots, and co-founded a non-profit that creates innovative fundraising solutions for other non-profit organizations.
His interests lie in software development, biomimetic device design, machine learning, and commercializing innovative and socially beneficial technology developed within his community.
The Virtual Visit project started in the fall of 2000 at the University of Southern California Department of Biomedical Engineering with the support of the Alfred Mann Institute and the USC School of Gerontology. Its goal was to increase communication between the elderly and their families by providing a simple and robust videoconferencing system. The device uses typical consumer electronic items found in most homes to enable videoconferencing without requiring any computer literacy. It uses a high speed Internet and phone connection and a regular television display.
The core student E-Team reevaluated the design, conducted feasibility analyses, determined funding strategies, found strategic partners, evaluated intellectual property protection, conducted a market analysis, and constructed a functional prototype.
Today, computer users must work with a traditional 2D mouse or trackball to manipulate 3D images, a counterintuitive method that leads to inefficiency and frustration. To solve the problem, the ZDimension E-Team developed a mouse-like peripheral, the ZMouse, which works with 3D autostereoscopic (AS) displays and software already on the market to allow the user to interact comfortably with floating 3D images in mid-air. The images float in front of or behind a special monitor that looks like a standard LC Display.