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Adaptive Stairlift

We were asked to design a device which would raise and lower the seat height for a Stannah stairlift for a lady with muscular dystrophy.  We designed the adaptive seat in CAD which enabled us to share updates and design intent with the client.

Unusual gate latch

A blind client needed a tall stair gate at the top of the stairs.It needed to swing both ways but be easily shut and opened

Wheelchair rocker

The clients mother requested a rocking device to allow her daughter to experience exciting movement.

Raise a reclining chair

The two photos above show the ‘before’ and ‘after’ state

Walking frame support bracket for electric buggy

Client wanted to take a folding walker when out on her electric buggy

A steel tube bracket was made. It attaches to an existing square steel socket under the seat. The walker is retained on the bracket by ‘Velcro’ straps

The client is now able to use her walker when out with the buggy.

 

Wheelchair camera mount & storage trolley

Wheelchair camera mount & storage trolleyA disabled young man was unable to use his digital camera. The camera was needed at lap level to turn it on and adjust the settings but it needed to be elevated to see the LCD screen. A remote shutter mechanism was also required, as was a storage and transport facility.

A three tier table with remote shutter paddle, and friction universal joint for achieving pan and tilt. To store and transport the device, a bedside table with casters was modified.

He can now: Fit the camera to either of his wheel chairs, turn on and adjust the settings, adjust the tilt and pan to any position, focus and take photographs, download photographs to his computer, store and move the camera to anywhere he wants.

Tape recorder interface unit

Tape recorder interface unitA blind lady with multiple sclerosis who is having singing lessons needs to operate a twin track tape recorder. She does not have the strength to lift her hands and press the control buttons on the recorder.

The interface unit has a tray to accept and locate the recorder and five flap switches to control the recorder. These switches can be operated by sliding the hand against them without raising it. The push buttons on the recorder itself are depressed by five small servo-mechanisms which respond to the signals generated by the flap switches.

The client is now able to practice her singing and operate the recorder herself.

Note: This type of flap switch may be of use on other projects for clients who cannot raise their hands.

Portable page turner

Portable page turnerThe client is a quadriplegic who wished to turn the pages of various books.

A voice operated, battery driven page turner was developed which allows pages to be turned without any physical intervention.

This allows the client to read by themselves.

Lifting platform for bilateral amputee

Lifting platform for bilateral amputeeCharles is a remarkably agile bilateral amputee who gets around on his bottom. He has developed an arthritic neck and shoulder following 70 years heaving himself from floor to chair height. He required a mobile contrivance that would raise him from floor to chair height.

A platform was built which is pneumatically elevated and stabilized by a torsion bar and scissor mechanism. The elevator is mounted on a base which rides on leaf spring mounted castors that collapse once a load is applied to them, thus impeding movement of the device when in use. Charles can resume his active lifestyle without recourse to a wheelchair.

 

Head pointer for school

Head pointer for schoolSeveral pupils at a special needs school who cannot communicate verbally wanted head pointers so that they could point a light at a board and highlight messages.

We wanted lights that could be used over a fairly long range in class and also looked ‘cool’. The pupils chose baseball caps which they liked and we fitted a class 2 laser light and battery.

This was a much improved means of communication for pupils.

 

Electrical equipment to lift forearm to assist feeding

Electrical Equipment to Lift Forearm to Assist FeedingA feeding device for motor neurone disease patients was required by a local hospital. The device needed to be able to be used by the patients either standing, sitting or lying down and the physical input required to operate the device had to be kept to the minimum.

The design uses the patient’s arm as the linking mechanism, using a cable to pull the wrist up towards the shoulder. The tow line is within a flexible outer tube connected to a power unit with electronic control of position and direction, driven by a battery powered electric screwdriver. This compact unit may be carried by a shoulder strap, or placed on adjacent table top.

Trials of this have been most encouraging.

North Hertfordshire

Child transfer trolley

Child transfer trolleyEllie, a brain-injured 6 year old girl, needed a means of transferring her from a bath lift, providing a safe and secure area to dry her and a means of moving her around the home. She was unable to tolerate a sling and hoist transfer.

A padded trolley with folding and adjustable sides was constructed to contain the child safely. An existing changing mat is used on the base. The folding end saves space.

Ellie enjoys rolling on to the trolley and can be dried and moved around the home in a safe manner.

Buggy pusher

Buggy pusherA pregnant lady was unable to push her young child in a buggy as she was using crutches.

Lightweight adjustable length struts with ball joint attachments were made for the buggy. Quick release fixings connect the struts to the crutches.

The client is able to continue pushing her child in a buggy independently.

 

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