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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.

Safety Information

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. 
TOM: Melbourne are unable to advise on the suitability of any design or device for your personal situation, however if you have general questions relating to the instructions or documentation, please contact us via our  email:

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