Terry Lambert
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Toward Using a Prosthesis with a TouchPad/TouchScreen

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 8:26pm 0 Comments

By way of introduction, I work for Google, and some of my time is dedicated to trackpad, touchpad, and touch screen drivers for ChromeOS and ChromeOS devices...


An increasingly common problem for those with prosthetics is the use of touch devices (trackpads, touchpads, touch screens, and so on) in consumer electronics devices.


This is not a trend which shows any sign of decreasing, and, indeed,…


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At 7:11am on February 20, 2011, Harvest Montemayor said…

ME, CS, math, physics, we are all cousins. I sincerely appreciate your reply. My team and I just finished our research stage and now I have been prototyping out of wood until the plastics I've ordered come in. Was having a sort of conceptual block and I have been seeking outside opinion from someone who is not so close in on the project.

The Chinese finger trap idea is refreshing, and it fits our design constraints. The woven aspect of the finger trap is what makes the toy function, it needs to expand and contract in reaction to force and pressure from touch. I will have to investigate the concept by way of prosthetics, I just don't want our client to feel restricted or 'tied up'. The next prototype I am about to construct has a glove type shell with a lock sewn into the palm that attaches to the bow’s frog retrofitted with a miniature ball bearing. I am afraid it will be too complicated and heavy, but I want to try it out because failure can sometimes lead to new ideas. Often with prosthetics, simpler is better. I would like to see/hear more about your concept; I rather like diagrams if you have the time.




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