Purdue prof creates RoboDesk for wheelchair users

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

West Lafayette, Ind. A Purdue University scientist has developed a motorized wheelchair tray called the "RoboDesk" that helps disabled people use mobile devices such as iPads more easily.

The RoboDesk" features a motorized wheelchair mount with an arm that can deploy or retract devices such as tablet computers, but can also be used as a writing surface or a meal tray.

Its creator is Brad Duerstock, a Purdue associate professor of engineering practice who's director of the Purdue Center for Paralysis Research. Duerstock, who's a quadriplegic, says wheelchair users currently lack an easy way to place a mobile device in their lap and remove it.

He says that's a particular problem for wheelchair users with limited upper limb mobility.

Duerstock hopes to get his "RoboDesk" licensed and in the marketplace within three years.

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