BROOKLYN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community, is pleased to announce the winning designs from the Assistive Technology Challenge. The challenge asked the Thingiverse community to create 3D printed devices for people with disabilities and make them available for others. There are more than 200 million people with disabilities around the world who experience considerable difficulties in handling everyday tasks, and many of them can’t find off-the-shelf products that address their needs1. 3D printing can help solve some of the problem by providing the ability to create custom solutions at an affordable price.
Following more than 170 submissions, Tobias Wirtl’s Mouth Operated Mouseis the winning design for the Assistive Technology Challenge. After reading about difficulties people with disabilities face in accessing new technologies, Wirtl wanted to create a device that could enable more people with disabilities to use the Web. A number of products on the market are geared toward helping people with disabilities navigate the Internet, but they can be very expensive making them out of reach for people who need them. Keeping cost in mind, Wirtl’s mouth operated mouse was designed so people of all economic backgrounds would be able to build one on their own or find somebody to build it for them.
“There are many new technologies that people with disabilities can’t access and in my opinion everyone should be able to benefit from today’s media, especially the Internet,” said Tobias Wirtl, creator of the Mouth Operated Mouse. “That’s why I decided to create a device that would allow people to navigate the Web. Products like these sell for hundreds of dollars. I created this one with one 3D printer and about $20 worth of commonly available components.”
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