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Striking a balance between a medical assistive device and the maker enthusiasm

Is there an advocacy direction for DIY AT solutions?

Shipping Lithium batteries is a challenge

  • trying to ship everything inside the unit
  • using splitter cable to power via battery pack.

Maintainability everything is easily repaired - can be diagnosed based on the build manual.

  • Would like to build up a network to help distribute and maintain


Tetra Society - not enough volunteers, hoping to energize volunteerism from the maker movement

A number of casings were made.

  • Adapted from a previous device casing
  • boards luckily fit inside
  • hardest part was the direction sensor
    • Finding the right sensor was hard - the Wii analog sensor was great but had too much throw.

Bacteria is a concern - hygiene.

How would you need to use it with a respirator.

Haptic feedback isn't quite there

  • audible
  • led for status