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Custom Kindle for disabled people

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2015-12-09 18:20

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The Frankenkindle is a modified Kindle which allows Glenn’s sister to easily use her Kindle without being affected by the difficulties caused by her cerebral palsy.

The tiny buttons in particular were extremely difficult to use but as the video at the bottom of the page from Glenn’s blog shows, it was an extremely technical process on his part to create the accessible eBook reader.

Glenn used the large controls from a children’s eBook reader (produced by VTech) as he realised the controls on this reader were much easier to use but the reader itself only held children’s books. Using his engineering prowess Glenn was able to both mount the Kindle and hack its content so as to reroute the controls to the VTech controller pad making it accessible for his sister.

“Functionally it's complete, but there's still a fair bit to be done to make it more robust. The Kindle itself needs to be semi-permanently mounted to the front panel rather than just resting on two wood screws. The circular interface board along with the flat cable connecting it to the Kindle are both quite fragile and will need to be covered. Finally, the cables will need to be routed in a more organized fashion”, he explained.

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Glenn, an electronic engineer from USA, has a sister who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Because she has ataxia, it’s difficult for her to user her Kindle. So Glenn adapted her Kindle. The inventor calls it “Frankenkindle”.

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