[community] intro and LipSync details for upcoming design crit

Stewart Russell stewartr at neilsquire.ca
Thu Mar 8 16:57:57 UTC 2018

Hi – I’m Stewart, Regional Coordinator for the Neil Squire Society’s Makers Making Change initiative, <http://makersmakingchange.com/>.  We connect makers to people with disabilities to create affordable open source assistive technologies.

In an upcoming crit, I'll be introducing LipSync <http://www.makersmakingchange.com/lipsync/>, a mouth controlled input device that enables people with little or no hand movement to operate a touchscreen device or computer. Its key features include:

* appears as a USB ( or optionally Bluetooth) mouse, with XY movements controlled by a precision miniature joystick sensor that requires only a very slight pressure on the shaft in order to move the cursor. The mouthpiece is hollow, allowing a person to perform left and right mouse button clicks by puffing or sipping into the tube.

* mounts via a standard low-cost microphone stand thread.

* all control hardware is housed in the unit itself, so lends itself to mobile use.

* available in kit form for $250.

* case and joystick mechanism are 3D-printed, and entire product is open source: <https://github.com/makersmakingchange/LipSync>

I'm really looking forward to the IDRC community's response to the LipSync. I'd also really like to thank all the folks at IDRC who have been so welcoming.

Best Wishes,
 Stewart Russell

Stewart Russell - Regional Coordinator Makers Making Change (Central Canada)
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