Description : Ear switch as an assistive communication and control device / gaming switch and HCI
Add multi-purpose ‘desk top’ to child’s mobility chair so she could start school with her own table top.
The client uses an AI app on her iPad to read documents. Unfortunately the iPad has to be held very still when capturing the image and she was struggling with this (ad so did I when I tried it out). Her OT contacted us as asked if we could make a stand to hold the iPad and an A4 sized document so that she can have it read to her.
Some people with e.g. cerebral palsy are unable to use physical controllers such as buttons and joysticks but are still able to make intentional hand movements. HandShake uses a pair of BBC Micro:bits to enable triggers to be sent to switchable communication software to enable speech to be composed. A trigger is sent to the communications device when the participant moves a hand above an adjustable threshold of acceleration.
The client has very limited movement in his arms and hands but can move his head accurately. He used to enjoy reading so to allow him to read independently again a device that let him control an e-reader with his head was needed.
A child with spina bifida also has difficulties with eye sight and neck pain and he struggles to look down at what he is reading. He finds it much more comfortable to look directly in front of him. He requires a stand for his tablet and his books.
The client had purchased an iPad support bracket to attach to his motorised wheelchair, but this was made of round section aluminium and not compatible with the smaller, square tube mounting bracket provided under the wheel chair’s arm.
Aluminium mount with detent pin Tom’s speech therapists were keen that he should have his Communicator with him at all times. The normal arrangement of a shoulder strap meant that he could swing the device, which while he enjoyed doing it, it hardly facilitated its use, and was distracting both to him, his teacher and […]
A referral for remote control of TV by a client suffering from advanced MS resulted in the development of a cheap Sip and Puff device. It is acknowledged that for intensive use, commercial products are available, but in some cases these are deemed prohibitively expensive. Accessibility software is often built in by manufacturers (certainly in […]
The client spent long periods in bed with her only entertainment being a wall mounted TV stuck on whichever channel the last carer had set it on. On the first appraisal visit it was quickly established that there was no capacity to operate a switch mechanism either by hand or foot, so the idea of […]
Original metal version Later 3D printed version … … and USB memory stick The client’s limited dexterity means that she cannot plug and unplug the charger of her tablet. A bracket was made from two brass rings soldered to a small brass plate and attached to the charging plug with cable ties. The client no […]
The 10 year old client needed a. iPad mount for his wheelchair which which attaches at the right level to avoid neck pain. Commercial devices did not suit.
The client was unable to operate the touch screen of his iPad Tablet because his condition made it impossible to keep his index finger straight. A shaped finger splint made from 2mm thick ABS is held in place with two Velcro straps. The client can now use his Tablet.
Young lad with brittle bones syndrome has to spend all his time in a wheelchair in a semi-supine position, which means that he is unable to follow any pursuits or interests which involve a flat working surface. A table unit was constructed which is fixed to the wheelchair and provides a working surface at approximately […]
A man with tetraplegia needs splints on his fingers to type. The original ones from the hospital had worn out and replacements were not available. Finger splints were fashioned in aluminium with projecting tips covered in soft material. He can now use his computer keyboard. (Manchester)