Mar 082018

 Jack Rae (Carlsie & district panel) writes:

I have a tetraplegic client who, not only has no use of limbs, but also requires a tracheostomy ventilator system.  He has full facial control, speech, and a reasonable degree of head control.

 My client drives his powered recreational chair (a Boma 7) by using his chin to operate a joystick mounted on a stalk fixed to the chair frame.  The main problems with this arrangement are :  as he traverses rough ground his head rocks out of phase with chair movement so producing undesirable drive commands, he occasionally gets his chin into a position where he cannot correctly control the joystick and the effort required to perform chin movements is quite tiring over time.

 I have suggested a magnetic tongue stud working in conjunction with a series of mouth or head mounted magnetic sensors but my client is not in favour with this option.

 I would appreciate experiences or variety of ideas from panels with respect to using alternative control systems.   



  3 Responses to “Mouth operated joystick”

  1. Jack,

    I have a regular client in a very similar situation. I mounted his wheelchair joystick on a bump hat using coolant tubes & aluminium bracket. His father has said it has changed his life. I have also made him an RC boat controller & scalextric control. We are currently working on a lip switch to be used in conjection with eyegaze.

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