Hello everyone, as Wemake we would like to share more research around existing products that align with the concept of care. This has been part of our co-design process, and we would like to expand the usefulness by sharing more ideas. Below is a project called Maestro, it offers a new way of control, something which can be further used for solving care issued related to some phyical mobility challenges. The posts to follow will elaborate on different technologies applied in open projects around the theme of care.
About: Making your own finger mounted input device to control the cursor.
By: Jonggi Hong - student of the course “Tangible Interactive Computing” taken by Professor Jon Froehlich at the University of Maryland, College Park.
It is not specified if this project solves a specific medical or social issue. But, surely, it can be a starting point for new projects which can help mobility-impaired people in their everyday issues. Maestro was made as part of the CS graduate course “Tangible Interactive Computing” at the University of Maryland, College Park taught by Professor Jon Froehlich. Maestro is an affordablle wearable input device using the orientation of the finger. During this course wearable small devices on the finger has been investigated to provide easy access to PC and surrounding environment (NailO, HandSight). Maestro enables user to do pointing and scrolling based on the orientation of the finger and contact between fingers.
How is it open?
- Maestro has the creative commons licence BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic).
- Anyone can clone and fork it.
- Source code and 3D printer files can be downloaded for free, some hardware components need to be bought to re-create the device though:
- Arduino Pro Mini https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11113
- 9DOF IMU sensor stick https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10724
- Copper tape (or any other small conductive material)
- 3 resistors (1~10 mega ohm, big resistance is better)
- Wires, tape
- 3D printer