This is another talk from the Center Stage @ MakerFaire New York 2010. I loved this presentation because it was clear that the guys are really passionate about their project, and because I think it’s great when technology can help improve someone’s quality of life. From the project page:
Steven lives in NYC and has duchenne muscular dystrophy. I met him through a friend and colleague in New York. Steven can move his index finger to trigger a switch that controls driving his wheelchair and other assistive technology devices. For computer access he has a reflective sticker on his baseball cap that is tracked by a infrared capturing webcam and moves the mouse cursor around the screen, his index finger ‘clicks’ the cursor. He asked Holly if there were any options for him to play the PS3 again, unfortunately at the time there were hacks but nothing for a single switch access.
In the Designing for One class Steven participated as a client, his project extended over the semester and was finished late in Spring 2009.
A shaky video (my bad) but a solid presentation. Great work John & Steven!
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.