Nifty gadget

 

Pen-top remover

A pen-top remover for a jewellery maker who uses paper which she decorates using felt-tip pens. She has reduced strength in her hands due to Rheumatoid arthritis and has great difficulty removing the caps from the pens and glue-stick.

Variable Pen Grip

Our client was a teenage girl who was unable to grip a pen due to her disability. The school she attended had a range of felt tip pens and paint brushes varying from 10mm diameter up to 45 mm diameter.

Handlebar extension

A client asked if we could help with an extension to her handlebar on her first bike. The client liked to support her hand and required the handle bar to be smaller and closer to her body.

Non-spill cup carrier

A design for a cup or mug carrier for people who are unsteady on their feet, which greatly reduces accidental spills. We have made over a dozen of these for various clients who have suffered from Parkinsons, strokes and the like.

Device to put on a coat

Milton Keynes panel were asked if we could help a client to put on his outdoor coat. He could not move his hands to behind him, which meant putting on a coat in the normal way almost impossible.
A powered device was made which, under the control of the Client, lifts the coat up his back then releases it when the coat collar reaches shoulder height

Sudoku set for blind user

Milton Keynes panel were contacted by the husband of a lady who was a talented pianist and artist before becoming blind in her late 70’s due to Temporal Arteritis. She had enjoyed playing Sudoku so we were asked if we could produce a set for her to use.
A tactile 6 x 6 Sudoku set was made using wooden cubes with raised pins to indicate numbers, similar to a set of dice, with larger ‘setting’ cubes so that a puzzle could be set up by the Client’s husband

Shaving aid remake

The client has some limited hand control and has been using a Smith and Nephew Roylan Inc. “TURN-ROUND” device with an integrated safety razor that allowed him to shave independently. This device is about 20 years old and some of it is disintegrating but, worse, the blades for the razor are no longer available which would make the device redundant. He came to Remap to see if we could replace it and incorporate a modern razor as he had failed to find anything similar or suitable anywhere.

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.

Nutria Feed Opener

Elderly lady who lives alone, has to have line feed overnight, but can’t open the packs herself.

Modified Electric Toothbrush

The client has arthritis and could not press the button to switch on electric toothbrush, nor grip a manual toothbrush.

Drum Stool Removable Backrest

Professional drummer with MND needed a droppable backrest so that he could get onto his drum kit stool independently, so he can play at his leisure.