Hand-operated substitute for foot-operated dictaphone controller

Project  / Project number: 56/54 2007  /  Status:


The challenge

Hand-operated substitute for foot-operated dictaphone controllerThe client works as a transcriber using a dictaphone controlled by a foot-operated device, which was giving her RSI problems. A hand-operated controller which could be positioned close to the space bar of her keyboard and be operated by her thumbs was suggested.

A new controller was built to imitate the functions of the foot-operated one, using push-buttons taken from an old audio tape deck and a connecting cable taken from an old foot-operated controller. The small amount of electronic circuitry required used CMOS logic.

She can now do her job efficiently without discomfort.