A Custom Modification to Enable a Person With a Cervical Spinal Cord Injury to Control a Digital CameraBy Leslie, James; Steggles, Elizabeth, OT; RESNA 27th International Annual Conference 2004: Technology & Disability: Research, Design, Practice, & Policy,
Publication Date: 2004
Paper describes how a Tash Mini Relax remote control unit was modified so that a person with a C4-5 spinal cord injury could control the “shoot,” “zoom-in,” and “zoom-out” functions of an Olympus Model C-50 Zoom digital camera. The Mini Relax was selected to replace the existing remote control because it has the ability to learn infrared signals and is relatively inexpensive. The device was modified with a 3.5-millimeter jack to accept a stick-on light-emitting diode used by many home theatre control systems. The Mini Relax was further modified with three Tash Trigger Switches, which were mounted directly on the device’s lower front and hardwired to the first three inputs. The client already had a communication device mounting system on his wheelchair for a TouchScreen, which utilized a Communication Station Wedge Base for a TouchScreen environmental control unit. The camera mount is attached to the client’s wheelchair seat, and he uses his wheelchair joystick to control left and right movements and zoom functions. The device design was complete and ready to be sent to the client for evaluation at the time the article was written.
Assistive Products Discussed: MINI RELAX
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)