If you’ve ever used a DSLR, you know that it can sometime be fiddly to press the feature buttons. It might also be difficult if in low-light or if it’s very cold and your fingers have limited dexterity. The addition of Sugru might help with such problems: Sugru is a mouldable glue, which comes in many colours, and after 24 hours sets to a soft, but durable rubber.
However, the original impetus for this design was as an interim prototype for James Dunn, who was passionate about photography, but struggled to use a professional camera, because of his condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), which made his skin especially delicate, to the point where small, shallow and hard buttons are very painful to press, or impossible altogether.
This process was shown as part of a BBC documentary, called the Big Life Fix. This prototype helped inform a more complex and specialist prototype to be made, called Zocus (a wireless-powered system to control your Zoom and Focus on your DSLR, via an App on your smartphone/tablet computer).
Either way, whether you know someone who struggles to press buttons, perhaps suffering from osteoarthritis, or you personally are just irritated by the fiddlyness of the buttons in general, then this guide will show you how to master using Sugru – to enhance, modify or colour coordinate any button you wish.
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