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Laptop Button Switch


Metro Makeathon




Gemma is a specialist Occupational Therapist & Assistive Technology Consultant that has comes to TOM: Melbourne with a challenge from one of her clients. On a standard laptop, the power button is either too small or out of reach for her client. Gemma would like a device that can help her client turn a computer on.


The team used 3D printing and simple programming to create a device with an ‘electronic finger’ that can turn on the computer when activated. The device is portable and can be attached to any computer.

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Safety Information

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All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM: Melbourne event or program.
The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
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