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Patient invents device to work with nose and lips

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-08-04 18:51

About the solution

The device consists of a triped Manfrotto 492, Apple Magic Trackpad and a board tripod adaptation, which allows her to work using her nose or lips.

“I started noticing a slight tingling sensation in my fingers. Within a matter of days my left arm started cramping, my thumb started twitching and I lost all strength in my fingers so I was forced to switch the mouse over to my left hand”, the designer explained.
All of Michelle’s work and hobbies required the use of her arms. And she refused to stay so long without using them, so she started looking for options.

“In my search for solutions to this problem I started to come across all these fascinating technologies. Eye tracking tools, voice dictation, motion sensors, mobile apps for sketching and so on. Then a friend sent me a link to this website showcasing a yet to be released product called the Leap Motion”, Michelle observed.

With the help from her father, who has his own wood shop, she started to create her own solution: "I bought an ipad and stylus pen and yes you guessed it - put the stylus between my teeth and tried to draw with it”, the inventor added.

According to the innovator, the device consists of three parts that can be bought on Amazon. “The Manfrotto 492 table tripode (costs roughly around $100), the Apple Magic Trackpad (around $60) and the tripod adapter plate (cost me $20). The velcro I purchased from a regular convenience store".

Adapted from: http://www.looknohands.me/

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About the author

Michelle Vandy, born in Sweden, in 1989, lives in New Zeland and is a designer who invented “The Noose-pad”, a device wich allows her to work with her nose and lips after she started feeling pain in her arms.

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