On-site LipSync setup in Auburn, AL

A project log for Clunke Button

Assistive input device for interacting with adapted toys and tools.

christopherChristopher 09/17/2018 at 21:540 Comments

This past weekend I drove down to Auburn to help with installing the LipSync for my first user, Mr. M! It was busier than expected, as I accidentally scheduled the trip for a home game of Auburn vs. LSU.

I had pretty minimal coordination with Cyndy, my contact at ALSA, mostly due to my lack of time outside of work. But we were able to set a date and I got up Saturday, packed my car, printed some directions to Auburn, and hit the road! The drive down took about 4 hours, and then I spent an additional hour lost inside campus, just trying to find the right neighborhood among the teeming masses of people present for the football game.

Finally I found the house. Cyndy was already there so we unpacked and got to work. The main order of business was figuring out how to mount the LipSync to Mr. M's wheelchair, which proved surprisingly difficult.

The first candidate was Loc-Line, a new (to us) product Cyndy had found which is a snake of linked plastic segments that snap together and create a fairly rigid arm.

In true "if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail" fashion, I printed a few pieces to test making an adapter from loc-line to the LipSync, only to discover that the weight of the LipSync was too much for the length of loc-line required. A LipSync can be supported by about one foot of the stuff, any more and just the weight of the mouse will drag it out of position.

We worked with a few other mounting ideas before settling on a flexible webcam arm purchased online. It had less than ideal clamps to mount to the wheelchair, but would work decently well on a desk. Finally, Mr. M was able to take the LipSync for a test drive!

I didn't take very many pictures, as I was essentially a stranger in Mr. M's home, but I did write down notes from the trip so that Cyndy and I can iterate and improve on the experience.

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