Category: Computer Work Center

Reclined Workstation

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRYPURPOSE: To enable individuals with spinal cord injury or severe physical disabilities to use a computer in a reclined position. This work station required several adaptations. Monitor placement, with the monitor above the user and angled downward, was accomplished using a fifteen-inch LCD (liquid crystal diode) monitor attached to a flexible monitor arm. The arm was attached to a two-inch vertical steel pipe attached to a sturdy table adjacent to a reclining chair. The computer keyboard rested on the user's lap and was modified by cutting the hand rest section to follow the curve of the user's abdomen. This made the keyboard more comfortable and easier to reach. A trackball mouse was placed on a small table, also adjacent to the chair. It was also necessary to automate the manually-operated recliner. A Linak brand linear actuator was used due to stroke length, speed, force, quiet operation, and the option of battery back-up. Custom hardware was designed and fabricated to connect the acuator between the the reclining portion of the chair and the stationary frame. The chair was further modified by straightening the back rest frame, adding padding under the seat cushion, and fabricating custom neck, knee, and lumbar supports from Ethafoam. SKILLS REQUIRED: Design and fabrication and electrical. TITLE: Reclined Workstation for a Journalist. WEB SITE: Tech Connections at REF: Browse Case Examples. Tech Connections can also be contacted at 490 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318; 877-TEK-SEEK (835-7335) (V/TTY),404-385-0641 Fax. 2003.


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