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Laptop Button Switch


Name: Gemma

Event: TOM: Melbourne Makeathon 2016


Gemma is a specialist Occupational Therapist & Assistive Technology Consultant that has a challenge for one of her clients who finds it difficult to turn on his computer or laptop as she cannot use her arms at all. The power button is either too small or out of reach. She can, however, operate a computer using a head controller or mouth controlled mouse. 

Her challenge is to create a technology device to help them turn a computer on.


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

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