Alexander Lo, a researcher in the Purdue Center for Paralysis Research, uses an iPad on the RoboDesk. The RoboDesk is an assistive technology being developed at Purdue University to help people with disabilities use iPads and other mobile devices more easily. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
Hoping to foster independence and improve quality of life for the disabled, a Purdue professor has invented “RoboDesk”. The device is a motorized wheelchair tray that makes it easier to position and remove a tablet or other mobile device without being limited by a table or moving in and out of the chair. Associate Professor of Engineering Practice Brad Duerstock says it could also be used as a writing surface or meal tray, and allows the user to get through doorways.
Brad Duerstock, a Purdue University associate professor of engineering practice in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and School of Industrial Engineering, is developing the technology and other assistance technologies in the Purdue Institute for Accessible Science. (Purdue Research Foundation photo)
Duerstock says he hopes to get RoboDesk licensed and manufactured within the next three years. He also says he hopes the device encourages more people with disabilities to pursue higher education.