SteadiArm – new universal mount for wheelchairs

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Feb 252016
 

(posted by Paula Allchin)

We have recently heard from   Oliver Kitson, co-founder of Steadimounts.com.

We’re a new startup specialising in robust, easy-to-use device mounts for wheelchairs and mobility equipment, and we’ve just launched our first product – SteadiArm – with the goal of creating a universal mount that can be mounted quickly to almost any type of wheelchair, mobility scooter, or buggy. SteadiArm can be installed and adjusted without any tools, and supports a range of interchangeable universal device holders. A wide range of smartphones, tablets, and cameras can be attached to SteadiArm.

I’ve also been gathering a lot of feedback as to the requirements for alternative mounting solutions as well, and the recurring theme is “something that can be easily moved in and out of position”. So for the last 6 months I’ve been developing a mounting arm to do just this, that is compatible with all of our existing device holders and base clamp options (and more). This is in the working prototype phase, so if this is something those who your organisation assists may be interested in, then we’d love to show REMAP and get some feedback.

Do you think our products (and future products) may be of interest to your clients?

You can find more information about SteadiArm at our website – and if you’re interested I’d be happy to provide a sample for evaluation, and answer any questions you may have. Thank your time.

Yours sincerely,

Oliver Kitson

Steadimounts | steadimounts.com

oliver@steadimounts.com

Jan 142016
 

(posted by P Allchin)

Rex Beckett (South Bucks) has developed a Sip and Puff controller that could be very useful for Remap cases.  He has drawn up instructions for setting-up the SnP BTIR controller (attached).

‘With a view to possible deployment through other panels, I have upgraded the controller to make configuration (and demonstration) more straightforward. It is now not necessary to open the case and a special interface cable is not required – a Mini USB cable is readily available from Maplin, Amazon, etc. I also increased the number of possible Bluetooth and Infrared actions to forty-five and somehow managed to reduce the cost of the new model in the process…’

 

SnP BTIR Mk3 Instructions

Sugru

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Dec 172014
 

Many of you will remember receiving packs of Sugru which were kindly donated to us by the manufacturers last year. We know that it has been used in several Remap jobs.  What have you done with yours?

Visit www.sugru.com for more information on this useful mouldable glue.

 

Advanced Breath Operated Computer Controller HAPP100

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Aug 142013
 

(posted by Paula Allchin)

Information about a new device designed by Remap Engineer Graham Law

I built the first HAPP (Huff & Puff Processor) device to help Bekki the girl with Smile Operated E-reader on our Remap web page.  www.remapleics.org.uk

She is 23 years old with a spinal tumour C1 equivalent paralysed on long term trachi ventilation, She has no movement at all below the chin. Her 24 hour carers had to do everything for her including all her social networking, she had no privacy.

I first met Bekki through building the E-reader page turner that was a Remap job but the HAPP breath operated computer controller was an idea I had been working on as private research and Bekki was in real need of something like it.  

I knocked the first prototype together last January and Bekki sent me first email 24hrs later… that was very pleasing. I then got ‘hassle’  (in a nice way) from the other Remap engineers who saw it and rightly said others should benefit from this device.

As a Remap engineer this was new territory as I was used to only producing one-off’s but I have now set up to build more in very small volumes.  

The HAPP is aimed at one of the worst kind of disablement where the user is totally paralysed below the chin.  If they can move their head then a HAPP is a great help but other devices could also be used even  a stick held in the mouth & such people do find such solutions and ‘get by’, all things being relative.

But with zero head movement your options to use a computer are close to zero.  Eye Gaze offers some hope but they are VERY expensive, very odd to use if your used to normal PC operation, need dwell clicking and don’t work for everyone.

The HAPP is designed for such people.

So now I have what I believe to be an effective solution and would like other panels to at least be aware of it as our engineers come across Bekkis sadly not infrequently.  

I don’t want any active selling just an awareness of the availability.

See www.celticmagic.org for more information

Bekki recently sent me this testimonial :

“The HAPP is really good, I use it everyday.  This has improved my life in communicating and doing things myself rather than ask my carers to do it. I can now search the web, chat to my friends and play games.  It allows me to have some privacy and independence that I didn’t have before.”   Rebecca Facer

Graham Law, Secretary & Engineer Leicestershire & Rutland Panel

Sugru – Mouldable Silicone Putty

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Feb 162010
 

Sugru is a flexible air curing silicone adhesive elastic putty which has just been launched.  Priced at £7 for 10 sachets of quite small size it is expensive but may be useful where a soft moulded plastic is needed – for a custom designed handle coating for instance.  It looks as if it could also be useful for soft feet for items. 

Unlike most two part mouldable silicone epoxies which are commonly used for mould making this one claims to have some adhesive properties.  Once a sachet has been opened it starts to air cure and must all be used within 20-30 mins.  Shelf life is 12 months.  If anyone has used this stuff could they please report back using the “Contact Remap” link under “Fixed pages” on the right.

New Products – Introduction

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Feb 162010
 

Any new products we have come across which may be of interest.  Entirely arbitrary choice depending upon whether any of us :-

a. have found the product

b.  Like it.