Category: Video and Television Equipment

Remote Holder

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with upper extremity disabilities to operate a Logitech Harmony Universal Remote for an entertainment system. This remote has a touch screen and many small buttons near its edges. The individual is unable to hold the controller, but he can push the buttons. The user needed a holder for the controller that he could operate by himself, placed where he could get to it in his wheelchair and where it would point to all the devices to be controlled. The remote for needed to be removable for re-charging. The solution was a long, narrow wooden box into which the controller slides. The following features are provided: The controller does not sit on its feet, instead it rests on one edge and to prevent the controller from rotating when the buttons are depressed, thin wood rails that match shape of the edge of the controller are screwed to the inside walls of the box. The top rim of the holder is a thin piece of flexible foamed vinyl (cut from an inexpensive placemat) with a large cut-out that provides access to the buttons. Two small wings on the vinyl match areas on the top of the controller where there are no buttons, and ensure that the controller cannot fall out of the holder. The wings also flex around the crowned top surface of the controller and over the buttons, enabling the controller to be inserted in the holder without any buttons being depressed. The vinyl is very flexible around its edges, so it is clamped in position with a U-shaped piece of thin hardboard. A large cut-out in the back of the holder enables the controller to be removed for charging. A groove and notch allow a standard rubber band can be used to hold the controller in the box, if needed. The wooden box was mounted at the correct height and angle to a large heavy U-shaped bracket that was sized to fit closely around the edge of a table. The bracket is made of 0.75 MDF and 1/8 x 1 steel strip. The weight of the bracket, and the fact that it includes a large plate just under the top of the table, reduce the chance of the unit being knocked off the table accidentally. TITLE: The Remote Holder. WEB SITE: Workshop Solutions at REF: The originator, Colin Hardman, can be contacted at


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