The portability of tablet computers makes them attractive to many consumers, but the tablet’s versatility and small footprint is especially appealing to the 2.2 million Americans in wheelchairs. All too often, though, a tablet is out of reach, both literally and metaphorically.
The tablet may be tucked away in a backpack, a side compartment, or another hard-to-access storage space in a wheelchair. Even when the tablet is close at hand, it may be impossible or impractical to use. For example, when a wheelchair user is on the move, it doesn’t make sense for them to rest an open tablet on their lap. The risk of it sliding off is too great. Placing the tablet on a table may be equally unfeasible, as wheelchairs often can’t get near enough to a table for the user to reach the tablet. In addition, some people with spinal cord injuries aren’t able to use their hands, or have limited hand movement, making it physically impossible to hold a tablet.
That’s where a tablet holder for wheelchairs comes in handy. Using an unobtrusive mounting system, a tablet holder for wheelchairs ensures that the tablet is readily accessible. Moreover, a tablet holder for wheelchairs can be easy to mount and adjust. It can also utilize a lock and key system, which helps prevent dropping, theft, or loss.
Once a tablet holder for wheelchairs is installed, there are any number of ways tablets can be adapted to meet the needs of physically disabled people. For example, touchscreen gloves or gloves to which a film has been applied can prevent inadvertent taps. Acrylic overlays called keyguards provide similar functionality, and styluses in holders are helpful for users who require greater accuracy. These assistive devices help wheelchair users move through the world – providing they’re able to access the tablet in the first place.
A tablet holder for wheelchairs is but one example of the innovations that allow disabled people to embrace the world with independence. Eye-controlled wheelchairs are in development, promising greater mobility to quadriplegics with severe spinal cord injuries. Toyota and Segway creator Dean Kamen are working on a next-generation iBOT, which will enable those in wheelchairs to navigate stairs and uneven terrain. Sensors and a companion app will help prevent pressure sores by reminding chair users to change positions. Virtual reality devices may deliver experiences that those in wheelchairs wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. And automakers promise that self-driving cars will be on the road in less than a decade, creating greater opportunity for those with severe disabilities.
With an iPad or similar device mounted using a tablet holder for wheelchairs, those on the roll can obtain real-time visual and audio information about accessible routes and destinations. When the chair is stationary, a tablet holder for wheelchairs puts the device within reach so users can read, research, watch entertainment, play games, and interact on social media. The Talon Table Mount is a unique tablet holder for wheelchairs. Easy to install and adjust, the Talon delivers easy tablet access to those on wheels.