Category: Upper Extremity Disabilities

Puffin the Sip-and-Puff Joystick Controller

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Puffin the Sip-and-Puff Joystick Controller is a low-cost sip-and-puff joystick for persons with severe physical disabilities, neurological disabilities, or spinal cord injury that allows the user to control a smartphone, laptop or tablet. It is known to help people living with various disabilities, including paraplegia and cerebral palsy, diabetes, neuropathic facial pain and hearing and vision impairments. The overall design as well as the components include something to hold the mouse, a physical joystick with pressure sensing built in, and a microcontroller plus Bluetooth modules to receive the signals from the joystick and send them to the device being controlled. This prototype Puffin is rainproof, fully positionable, can be mounted just about anywhere — whether on a bed, wheelchair or plane or train seat — and folds into a bag for transport. Settings of sensitivity are configurable for a given user. Research continues to make this product smaller, cheaper, and more configurable.


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Phone: 617.253.1000