Cool tech

 

Rotating Camera Mount

An electronically controlled, motorised camera mount was created and fixed to the client’s wheelchair to help her film videos for her YouTube channel. A toggle switch attached to the arm rest controls the motorised mount, allowing the camera to be rotated slowly in either direction whilst filming […]

Integramouse Motorised Support Arm

When on his computer, the client uses a mouth controlled Integramouse on an adjustable arm. He needs the Integramouse to move out of sight of the screen on occasions and then return when needed once again

Homecraft Pick-Up Reacher Modification

This is a modification to the Homecraft Rolyan Pick-Up Reacher.

The problem with the standard grabber is that it only pinches the sides of an object if you pick it up from lying down. The modification with wider jaws and a design that curves round means that it can get underneath the object to ‘scoop’ it… making it easier to pick up (and also maintain hold with a weaker grip).

HandShake – using hand motion to control switchable software

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.

Wheelchair camera controller

The client is a young quadriplegic man who wished to take up photography. He requested a tripod mounted camera and a separate tripod mounted viewfinder screen. An electronic controller, a chin operated joystick and a cheekswitch were built to control a tripod mounted motorised pan-andtilt head and a digital camera. A 175mm LCD TV viewfinder […]