Accessible Arduino Mouse Helps

We enjoy access to cheap stuff because of the mass market for things like mice, keyboards, and cell phones. But if you need a device that doesn’t have mass appeal, you will have to pay a lot more if you can find it at all. However, with modern techniques like 3D printing and Arduino-like microcontrollers being cheap and simple to use, you now have the option to build that special one-of-a-kind device. Case in point: [Davy’s] mouse for people who have brain or nervous system disorders. This particular device is helping a 6-year-old who can’t manipulate a normal mouse.

The device uses an Arduino Pro and an MPU-6050 accelerometer and gyroscope. The original design uses machined aluminum, but 3D printing should work, too. There’s something wrong with the link to the design files in the post, but it is easy to find the correct link.

If you do 3D print a similar enclosure, you might consider using heat-set threaded inserts instead of tapping the holes. They work great, are easy to install, and seem to be a bit more robust than trying to thread plastic. Then again, threaded plastic isn’t as bad as you might think.

There are, of course, many ways you could make this work, and besides, every special user will be a little different. But what a great feeling to help someone be able to do what most people take for granted.

3 thoughts on “Accessible Arduino Mouse Helps

    1. +1

      I hack/fix stuff in lots of repair cafés but the most satisfying experiences are the ones in hackerspaces when we hack/create accessibility related devices. The instant joy you and the people you’re helping both have when the device is working and fullfilling a new fucntion that make their live easier is undescriptibly strong.

      Not matter your skills (you think) you possess just take some of your time for helping in this effort. You won’t be disapointed and your life (and the one from the person you’ll be helping) won’t be the same after that

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