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Camera for K - 2007
 
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It made a child's dream become reality. - June McDonald, Physical Therapist

Description

Camera for K is a photographic interface that maximizes independency of physically handicapped people who use wheelchair and cannot operate the interface of normal cameras. Any switches familiar to them can be attached to this interface so that they easily start to use.

Moreover, the system is designed to meet adaptability, available not only to a specific client, as well as sustainability, easy to maintenance and easy to build the same one.

This system is basically designed for handicapped people who have a cerebral palsy with athetoid movements and show dyskinetic, jerky movements or very low power mobility.


camera for k
K needed this for his overall development; to be more independent, mature and creative. - June McDonald, Physical Therapist

It gave him a much needed positive way to express his creativity. - Jane Carvalho, Operational Therapist


Keywords

Assistive Technology, Physical Computing, Photography

Personal Statement

When I visited the Henry Viscardi School for disabilities in Long Island, I met a high school boy who was using an electric power wheelchair, had a speech impairment and showed cerebral palsy with athetoid movements. In spite of these disabilities, he had a passion of photography. He brought me to the computer and typed a "digital camera" on the Internet image search engine to show me images of digital cameras. He was extremely excited whenever he heard words related to photography such as flash, album, year book, Canon and Sony. If I make a camera interface for him, he will have a chance to be a professional photographer or, at least, will have a good hobby for his life.

User Test Examples


Since I used a bendable tripod and a standard socket for switches, individuals with different disabilities could use the system. (left: indoor, turnable screen / right: outdoor at Halloween parade, ultimate switch)


Teaching students to keep calm after a single movement is very hard, but he did it for better pictures.


Movie Clip


Interviewed by Techtrek.tv at ITP Show 2007. (Camera for K shown at 1:49 ~ 2:45)

Additional info

• Exhibited at ITP Spring Show 2007
• Exhibited at Maker Faire 2007, Austin, TX
"Camera for K" Website, Progress history