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					                             Handy
                             Typer
                   Grand Rapids Catholic Central
                           High School




                            Mr. Martin

               •   Teaches religion
               •   Punch print accident
                   •   At age 19
               •   Lost left hand
                   •   Dominate hand
               •   Typing is difficult




                              Research
•   People with a transradial amputation
•   No specified prostheses
•   Similar aiding products
    •   iLimb
         •   Myoelectric prosthetic
         •   Recreates the idea of a total hand
         •   Said to type, but not the primary function
         •   Up to $150,000 to purchase in
             the United States




                                                          •1
                              Research
•   Similar aiding products
    •   Maltron keyboards
         •   Typing structure created for those with use of
             one hand
         •   Cost roughly $500 in the U.S.
         •   Large learning curve

•   Difficult to pay for high-priced
    prosthetics
•   Limb loss in the United States
    •   1.7 million with limb loss
    •   185,000 new amputations each year




        Design Process




                                                              •2
                           Identifying a Need
                       Defining the Problem
                               Research
                     Narrowing the Research
                       Analyzing set criteria
                   Analyzing possible solutions
                                 Trials
                           Making a decision



  Idea                                                      Feedback
                           Handy Typer




             The Design Process

o The Need                         o The Problem
   – Mr. Martin has                       − Limited to one handed
     trouble typing                         typing due to a
                                            transradial amputation
                                          − 11 words per minute


o Research                         o Narrowing the Research
  − Other Prosthetics                     − Prosthetic
  − Speech to text                              Feasible
                                                Effective
  − Keyboard options




             The Design Process

o Analyzing set criteria o Possible solutions
   − Prosthesis                       − Two or three fingers
   − Easy on and off                  − Transradial or
   − Right look and feel                transhumeral attachment




o Trials                           o Making a decision
   − Testing different                    − Two padded fingers
     designs                              − Transradial point of
                                            attachment
                                          − Velcro straps for ease of
                                            use




                                                                        •3
         Construction




                      Materials
•    Velcro
•   Super Glue
•   Duct Tape
•   Plastic Gloves
•   Two 2” Hose Clamps
•   ½ Inch Aluminum Pipe
•   2” Rubber Valve Cup
    and Cap
•   Foam
•   Brass Rod
•   Black Rubber Spray
    Paint




         Making Finger Appendages


• Cut and bend brass
  rod.
• Wrap it with tape and
  foam.
• Glue glove finger tip
  around the tip.




                                    •4
                  Making the Cup

• Put the rubber valve
  and cap together.
• Slide hose clamps over
  the valve and cap.
• Glue foam to the
  bottom of the cup.




              Making Stabilizing Bars

•   Cut the aluminum pipe.
•   Flatten one end of the
    pipes.
•   Secure with duct tape,
    the separating,
    perpendicular
    aluminum pipe.




                 Putting it Together

    • Secure the stabilizing
      bars to the Cup.
    • Secure finger
      appendages to the cup.
    • Paint the Handy Typer.
    • Secure Velcro to the
      stabilizing bars.




                                        •5
             Final Product




     Marketability




                  Pricing

− Most prosthetics are extremely
  expensive (up to $150,000)

− $20 in materials for 2.5 hours




                                   •6
                    The Market

− Local contacts

− According to a Frazier Research study, 43% of
  people with a transradial amputation received a
  prosthetic, but only 15% thought the prosthetic
  was actually helpful

− Victims of land mines

− Modification for people with arthritis




                       Safety

− Rubber coated for comfort

− Velcro straps and stabilizing bars ensure
  it stays secure

− Fingertips padded as well so it
  won’t snag anything




                   Customization


  − Can be made for right or left arm


  − Also can be fit according to size of forearm




                                                    •7
                Patent Process

− We have a pending patent on our product

− We’re working with McGarry Bair, P.C.

− We’ve had to demonstrate

      − Originality
      − Usefulness




                 Other People
− We’ve already been contacted by two people

− Devon – Age 11

− Emma – Age 10

− We’re constructing Handy Typers
  for both of them




                   Conclusion

− Mr. Martin is now typing around 37 wpm

− Our product is reliable and efficient


− It can be quickly and inexpensively manufactured

− This device can fill a need seen nearly
  everywhere




                                                     •8
     A special thanks to:




             Mr. Martin




                  Thank you

Bradford White
Catholic Central High School Teachers & Staff
Century A&E
Jeanine Gasper
JETS/Ability One
McGarry Bair
NISH
Sheree Broussard




                    Session Evaluation
                      Title and Code

 • TITLE: Institute Clearinghouse
 • CODE: WFD-W115




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