Electronic arm for disabilities and tablets
The main aim of this project was to raise awareness about computer assistive technology for disabled and impaired. It focuses on a device to operate a tablet. The secondary aim of the project is to allow a user to read the newspaper off a tablet which is the project that emerged from the research.
This project involved the development of an electronic arm that changes the page on a tablet so that a user can read the news or browse some photos etc. The arm runs on a 9 volt battery and is controlled by an Arduino. The arm comes down from an idle position and swipes the page on the tablet left or right depending on the direction the user wishes to continue in. The arm is fixed to a black acrylic base with a white box on it to hold the electronics. The arm performs the functions of turning the pages. Supporting research mainly looked at similar devices, covered the background of assistive technologies and looked at the feasibility and construction of the project.
Project development involving the code and arm configuration was a major challenge. Given that 13% of Irish people live with disabilities, projects such as this can improve a many people's lives. There is great potential for new and similar ideas in this area.