Accelerometer Controlled Art AssistantBy McLean, Andrew; Kulakowski, Derek; Zywiak, Matthew; Enderle, John; NSF 2008 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 190-191
Publication Date: 2011
Description of an assistive device that allows persons with limited upper body motor control to draw. The Accelerometer Controlled Art Assistant is an X-Y track system composed of 2 worm screws driven by DC motors that are controlled by the user. An attached drawing utensil is moved up/down or left/right along a steel track depending on which motor is activated. Motors are activated based on signals from 2 accelerometers which are attached to each wrist of the user and detect changes in pitch and tilt. Additional components are a hardwood board mounted onto a steel frame, to which the track in turn is attached. While the device needs assistance in setting it up, the user can then completely control the device to draw and paint. The Accelerometer Controlled Art Assistant was designed by biomedical engineering students at the University of Connecticut at a cost of about 750 dollars.
Published by: Creative Learning Press, Inc. (Website:http://www.creativelearningpress.com)
Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2008/Chapter%2010,%20University%20of%20Connecticut.pdf