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Sixth digit - Adjustable pinky finger

Shared by Patricia Pereira on 2015-06-02 21:27

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The spinal cord injury Josh suffered left him quadriplegic with limited use of his arms and hands. The inventor, who has a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech, has invented a device that gives people with tetraplegia the ability to type, use touchscreens and press buttons – tasks that can be extremely difficult and slow for people with limited or no use of their fingers.

Known as the Sixth Digit, the device is an adjustable pinky finger ring with a conductive silicone tip attached to a small stylus. Because it’s worn and not held, it’s much easier to carry and becomes like just another finger. It’s even possible for the wearer to push a manual wheelchair without removing the Sixth Digit because of the device’s small and unobtrusive design. It can be bought online, after Josh had launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop the product.

More info: www.handizap.com

Adapted from: http://www.abilities.com/community/sixth-digit.html

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Josh Smith, from USA, invented Sixth digit, a device that gives people with tetraplegia the ability to type, use touchscreens and more. Josh became tetraplegic in 2014, and founded Handizap, his own company, in 2015.

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