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CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To provide an individual with cerebral palsy a customized, digital camera mount, and control device. The patron was unable to avoid moving the camera when she operated the shutter, so her shots were blurred. The first solution was to isolate the triggering mechanism from the camera; but today’s digital cameras lack the remote triggering capacity that film cameras have. A “camera remote shutter release” was the solution. A release mechanism consisting of solenoid which activates the trigger level that presses down the shutter button is now operated from a remote control box with three switches that are easy for the patron to use. One switch half depresses the trigger to set the focus, the second Wheelchair photography releases the focus setting, and the third operates the shutter. The remote mechanism is powered by rechargeable batteries. Additionally, a stand for the camera was made so that the patron doesn’t have to hold it. The camera was mounted on an aluminum head bracket using the camera’s tripod attachment. The head bracket is bolted to the mounting frame, which in turn is attached to the wheelchair using a customized bracket. The frame is designed so that it can be transferred to another wheelchair. Should the patron get a new wheelchair, all that would be needed is a new bracket to attach the frame to the new chair. The frame can also be easily removed from the chair when it is not being used. Moreover, the head bracket can be swiveled or tilted using a handle on one side, so that the patron can take pictures at different angles. Finally, the patron wanted to be able to take pictures of her self, so the bracket was designed to swivel a full 180 degrees. The solenoid is enclosed in a small jiffy box and is mounted on the outside of the head bracket. The jiffy box also houses the connector for the remote control box. A mirror was rigged so that the patron can see what she is photographing when the digital camera screen is not directly in front of her. TITLE: Wheelchair photography. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 28, Number 4, December 2008: pp. 4-5. PAGES: 3. (including cover).
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