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Tablet accessories for disabled users

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2015-12-09 09:48

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“The ShapeDad life started with 3D printing in mind. But after releasing the first product in mid 2010 (the iPad Love Stand), I soon discovered that this was either too expensive or the materials where too limited for day to day use as consumers products. So I went to the garage and started handcrafting and working with more traditional materials like wood, aluminum, copper and fabric.

The assistive devices started really by accident. My first handmade product was an iPad stylus made from a highly conductive fabric sock (knitted by my wife!) that can be wrapped around any pen holder (the Stylus Socks). They worked pretty good and people from around the world started buying them from my Etsy shop.
Then one day I got an email from an American quadriplegic patient who went to the local Apple store looking for a mouthstick pointer for his iPad. The Apple staff couldn’t help him directly with a product, but started searching the web for possible solutions. Then they discovered my socks, his wife ordered the regular stylus, took the sock of and wrapped it around his existing mouthstick. And it worked great! So I started developing a ready-to-use mouthstick for the iPad and found a new niche in assistive technology”, Ivo explained.

More info: https://www.etsy.com/shop/shapedad

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2fMvNni

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About the author

Ivo Beckers, from Netherlands, developed several tablet accessories for people with disabilities. He was inspired by an American quadriplegic patient who sent him an email asking for help.

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