Category: Computer Work Center

Over-Bed Computer Work Station

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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with quadriplegia to work from bed or from a wheelchair. This unit consists of a two-layer table on metal legs equipped with casters for mobility. The table is at the appropriate height to enable it to be wheeled over the user's bed. The upper layer or section of the table can be rotated similarly to a lazy susan, while the lower section is fixed. Under the lower section is a small motor with a shaft which rotates the upper layer on rollers between the two layers, A slot in the center accommodates equipment cables, enabling them to move as the upper layer rotates. The lazy susan section accommodates computer monitors, a compact disc storage unit, a television, video player, and more. Any item can be accessed by rotating the lazy susan using push-button controls and a mouthstick. The unit rotates through 270 degrees with limit switches preventing further travel. At the right sidee of the table is fixed mounting for the computer, modem, etc., as well as movable shelves for the printer and scanner, which pivot from the table leg. These shelves can be turned to the right for clearance when the table is used over the bed, placed at an angle for access from a wheelchair, or tucked underneath when not in use. An adjustable mounting at the front of the table accommodates the keyboard at an 80-degree angle for mouthstick access. A flexible arm mounted to the left of the keyboard holds a phone handset and a microphone headset for voice-recognition software. When the phone is mounted in this way, it is not in contact with the phone disconnect button. Consequently, as a solution, a large paperclip with spring-loaded wire handles is clamped to the top of the phone in line with the connector control button. Using a mouthstick, the user can flip the front handle down to depress the button and connect the phone to admit incoming calls. Flipping it up enables calls to be answered or made. TITLE: Working in Bed. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Vol. 12 no. 1, Autumn 2001: p. 14-15. PAGES (including cover): 3 2001.


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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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