Adjustable Mounting Device for ReadingBy Braganza, Cris; Deziel, Stephanie; Leatherman, Nathan; Schaller, Megan; NSF 2004 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 80-81
Publication Date: 2004
Describes a device to hold a book in a comfortable position for a client with progressive motor disease and severe visual impairment. The device includes a base of steel tubing, weighted to prevent it from falling over, which can be positioned under the client’s wheelchair. Two telescoping poles with linear actuators provide vertical and horizontal motion. An aluminum box and plexiglass reading surface are mounted on the aluminum poles. A linear actuator attached to the reading surface allows for adjustment up to approximately 80 degrees. The device allows the client to read unassisted in a comfortable, upright position and reduces strain on his neck. It includes a light source and is adjustable for different sizes of books. The approximate cost of the device as designed is $1250.
Published by: Creative Learning Press, Inc. (Website:http://www.creativelearningpress.com)
Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2004/MichiganTech.pdf