none

3D PRINTED MOUTH OPERATED MOUSE TO HELP THE DISABLED

05-01-2016
by 
in 

This 3D-printed, mouth-operated mouse can be printed and assembled for only $20

Thankfully we are living in a time where people with disabilities are no longer hindered from being able to live their lives to the fullest, with new technology aiding them along the way. 

To ensure that innovation continues, 3D printing giant MakerBot ran a competition to develop a 3-D printed technology to assist people with disabilities.

The winner of the competition is a mouth-operated mouse that can be printed and assembled for less that $20.

Although the idea itself isn’t new, the commercial availability of the device at an affordable price has been an issue.

With the STL files are available from the Markerbot’s Thingiverse website the technology is becoming more and more available.

The device works with a joystick-like attachment that is placed and controlled with the mouth. The joystick acts as a mouse and the cursor moves with the joystick. Pushing the joystick towards the case causes a right click and sucking air through the joystick is a left click. 

“There are many new technologies that people with disabilities can’t access and in my opinion everyone should be able to benefit from today’s media, especially the Internet,” creator Tobias Wirtl says.

 

Wirtl won a fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator worth $2,900 and will receive consulting to help him better his concept for wider use.

Wirtl beat out over 170 other submissions. Makerbot held the competition earlier in September that brought engineers, developers, designers, and hobbyists together to develop new tech for people with disabilities.

Related news & editorials

  1. 13.10.2021
    13.10.2021
    by      In
    Gladstone, Queensland is reported to be the site for iron ore giant Fortescue Metals Group to develop one of the world’s largest hydrogen manufacturing hubs.
    Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) revealed their recent proposal to build a Global Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM), which will... Read More
  2. 13.10.2021
    13.10.2021
    by      In
    Building on its initial deployment of four Dematic Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Lactalis Australia has invested in an additional AGV for its fleet, in a bid to boost warehouse-wide efficiency at its Lidcombe Milk Site in NSW.
    “Dedicated to investing in and growing the Australian dairy industry... Read More
  3. 13.10.2021
    13.10.2021
    by      In
    The Australian Food and Grocery Manufacturers have launched Sustaining Australia TV, an online, longform news series, that showcases this vitally important industry.
    This series, produced by the AFGC in partnership with ASN Media, showcases the depth, diversity and ingenuity of food and grocery... Read More
  4. 11.10.2021
    11.10.2021
    by      In
    TROAX of Sweden announces establishment of Australian subsidiary, Troax Safety Systems Pty Ltd.
    TROAX is the global leader for design, manufacture and supply of protective fencing, machine guarding, warehouse protection and property storage systems.
    Through a network of global partners TROAX... Read More
Products
Suppliers