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. 27.06.2019
    27.06.2019
    by      In
    Blasting and coating specialist BlastOne has established a 3-year sponsorship of the Australian Corrosion Association’s Applicator Technical Group.
    “This deal is ground breaking, and with the support of BlastOne it establishes a framework for the ATG to deliver a potential value of $355,000... Read More
  2. 27.06.2019
    27.06.2019
    by      In
    Mouser Electronics is expanding its global headquarters and distribution centre to meet its business needs well into the next decade. Construction is under way to build a new 5000m2 office building and add more than 12,500m2 to its distribution centre on its 78ha campus south of Dallas-Fort Worth,... Read More
  3. 26.06.2019
    26.06.2019
    by      In
    Free registration is now open for the inaugural Energy Efficiency Expo, to be held in Melbourne on 23rd and 24th October 2019.
    The new trade exhibition and conference has been launched by Reed Exhibitions Australia in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Council to help organisations solve their... Read More
  4. 25.06.2019
    25.06.2019
    by      In
    Mouser Electronics has been honoured with an award from one of its manufacturer partners, the Taiwan-based Yageo Corporation, for Largest Customer Growth. The award was recently presented to Mouser representatives in recognition of its best-in-class efforts that contributed to Yageo’s growth and... Read More