Oliver’s is a young man who’s legs are paralysed from having spinabifada but he has good upper body use. A commercial ride-in electric car was modified with a hand throttle in place of the foot pedal.
Converted to hand operation
A tetraplegic client acquired a JUKI sewing machine in order to continue his work sewing gloves for wheelchair users. The machine is equipped with a digital servo drive with foot control. Can it be adapted for push button control?
The client, who is a wheelchair user, was not able to use the foot operated speed controller for her new overlocker sewing machine.
A hand operated speed controller was constructed so that the client, who enjoys sewing, can now control the speed with her hand operated switches.
Our client cannot see and cannot operate the soft touch buttons on the hand controller supplied with a top end recliner chair. I made a holder for the controller that fixes it to the side of the chair and has four large and differently shaped buttons so they can be identified by touch.
This farmer had an accident that resulted in the amputation of the toes on his left foot. He was unable to drive his tractor as he could not operate the clutch. Initially a long lever was clamped to the clutch pedal. Unfortunately, this was not convenient for other farm workers who used the tractor. The fixed lever […]
The 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 […]
This five year old girl with spina bifida had been given a child’s electric car. It had been modified so that the foot control could be operated mechanically from beside the steering wheel but this was too difficult for her to operate while steering. Microswitches were mounted within the existing steering wheel, and wired in parallel […]
Alastair inherited his brother’s electric car, but due to cerebral palsy could not exert the continued pressure required to operate the foot controls for continuous running. He has good use of his left hand and limited use of his right. Aluminium touch plates were fitted to the steering wheel; holding them causes continuous motion. Forward […]
The client works for the police and transcribes from taped statements, etc. Her tape machine has a two- directional foot pedal, and use was causing repetitive pain in her hip. She required a means of controlling her tape machine which avoided use of a single operating movement, which would continue risk of repetitive strain. A […]
This child wanted to be outside with others but could not use their legs to propel the buggy. The buggy was converted to an attendant pushed buggy with addition of front casters and handle. Also fitted for safety were a floor, seat belt and a door fastener. The child can now be outside with other […]
An elderly client needs to be able to adjust the height of his artificial limb to compensate for limited hip movement following a fall. A sprung pin operates from a button on the hip via a bicycle gear cable. It retracts to allow the leg to lower by 20mm when the client’s weight is applied. […]