Rotational WorkstationBy Southam, Dan; Goldberg, Brian; Scott, Mike; Bohs, Larry; NSF 2005 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 66-67
Publication Date: 2005
Description of a custom computer workstation for a six-year-old boy with TAR syndrome, a condition resulting in short arms and weakened hands. Developed at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, the design consists of a rotating surface providing access to a magnetic writing stand and a wireless keyboard, both with adjustable incline. A foot pedal locks the rotating surface in the desired position; a commercial desk chair with a back pad provides appropriate support. The rotating surface was made from a circular piece of pine to which a commercial Lazy Susan was attached. A commercial adjustable easel with a clipboard attached and a magnetic surface glued to the clipboard were attached to the rotating surface. Magnets and a check memo rail secure the client’s drawing paper to the clipboard. The rotating surface is attached via the Lazy Susan bearing to a commercial desk. A pedal connected to a spring pin under the Lazy Susan allows the client to rotate the surface to alternating positions. Cost of fabricating the device was approximately $550.
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