Like most small boys Theo loves tractors, but when you are born with really short arms it makes steering a challenge. So Gerry, a fellow volunteer from the York panel, and I set about creating a safe fly-by-wire push along tractor to make the 20-month old lad very happy.
People in wheelchairs and with walkers find it difficult or impossible to open self closing doors such as fire doors in homes. Commercial door openers are very expensive.
Following making game consoles for people with disabilities (see other project on Makeability) Essex Central group were requested to make a similar console for blind or partially sighted people by the Essex branch of the charity Deafblind UK. This game console meets that need.
Drum kit modification to allow the high hat and bass drum, normally operated by foot pedal, to be operated by hand.
The capability to prepare food is a key marker for an independent life but, unless you are going to live on cold food, that means cooking. What could be easier? A temperature sensor and a relay and some bespoke interfacing. Except – ovens, especially built-in ones, are hostile environments for electronics.
Lady required automatic robot to safely pour a saucepan of hot liquid from a hotplate into a mug..
a workbench / motorbike lift to enable client in a wheelchair to maintain motorbikes or make projects
An electric grabber to replace a “Helping Hand” device for a client with weak hands
Remap are regular attenders at the RYA Sailability Conference. This project is one of their members projects, but referencing here provides useful archive material for a very typical Remap area of work.
Our client, with tetraplegia, is able to manipulate his arms enough in order to push and pull and very lightly hook (or hold) objects in his otherwise immobile fingers. He has sufficient patience and skill to use a sewing machine to make rubber padded gloves to protect the hands of fellow wheelchair users.
Client was a quadriplegic with a small amount of movement in one hand. He smoked “roll-up” cigarettes that needed frequent lighting.
This six-year old is brain damaged, partially sighted and deaf. Her parents wanted a motorised hammock which could give a sense of movement and her carers wanted some relief from rocking her in her sprung cradle. The swing has a freestanding steel frame with out-riggers for stability which can be swung inwards when the swing […]
A man living alone could walk with sticks but found it impossible to go from sitting to standing, or vice versa, without assistance and spent most of the day standing. He needed an aid to lift him from a sitting position or lower him from a standing position – no commercial aids were available that […]
This 90 year old lady lives alone and sometimes has dizzy spells. When this happens she lowers herself to sit on the floor but is unable to get up without assistance. As her carer only comes twice a day, she can have a long wait for help. A bath lift was modified to stand vertical on […]
An eight year old boy, mad on cars, has cerebral palsy and is unable to sit unaided or control his legs. He has limited control of his right arm and some use of his left arm. The modifications to the car consisted of: hand operated speed and reverse selection; electronic circuit to provide ‘soft start’ […]
A farmer has a spinal injury resulting in central cord syndrome. The panel was asked if it could adapt a golf buggy to steer using a joystick so that he could go around the farm to check his sheep. A scheme was designed for a power operated steering system to the buggy, using a joystick, […]