As part of an exploration into how to ‘hack’ wheelchairs, Sky News reporter Chris Cretan interviewed our founder Rachael Wallach and wheelchair hacker Rosemary Frazer. Rosemary, Campaigns Manager at Scope, designed an extra part for her wheelchair with help from fellow maker and ‘disability disrupter’ Ross Atkin, another Machines Room resident.
After mocking up a cardboard prototype, Rosemary and Ross 3D-printed the part, which attaches to the wheelchair’s brake lever to spread the pressure across the heel of Rosemary’s hand. Why? Using the narrow brake handle aggravated Rosemary’s carpal tunnel syndrome. This simple solution cost only 30 pence to produce.
The piece was broadcast on Sky News’s tech-focused weekly show Swipe this morning and will be repeated across this weekend, 11-12 June 2016. Take a look to see a 3D printer in action at our new home, the Machines Room, and learn more about our mission.