An assistive equipment controller for quadriplegics

G. Schmeisser, W. Seamone

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A joystick is traditionally used to manipulate electrically powered wheel-chairs and radio-controlled model aeroplanes. Extensive modifications of the joystick have resulted in the development of an inconspicuous chin-operated control; the latter enables quadriplegics with high-level spinal cord injuries to operate not only electric wheelchairs but also a complete range of other assistive devices, including robotic arm and environmental control systems currently under development. Through the use of the chin-operated control such quadriplegics can manipulate any of these devices or systems without the help of an attendant and without interfering with the use of a mouthstick.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-88
Number of pages5
JournalJohns Hopkins Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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