How the Sixth Digit came to be
My name is Josh Smith and I am a mechanical engineer. On August 23, 2014, my life changed forever when I dove into a wave and hit a sandbar causing me to instantly become a quadriplegic. One of the impairments of being a quadriplegic is limited or no use of our fingers. This presents a challenge when typing on the computer, using a touchscreen enabled device, or simply pressing a button on a microwave, stove, etc. That is why I designed the Sixth Digit. Currently, one of the primary ways quadriplegics type on the computer is through voice recognition software. This software can only be used when no other background noise (i.e. conversation, television, or music) is present as it interferes with the program. There are also bendable styluses that can be wrapped around a user's hand, but they are difficult to take off and on and can get in the way of other daily activities. The Sixth Digit is unique as it is stylish and sleek and gives the user freedom to perform other tasks while wearing it. It is designed to also allow the user to push their manual wheelchair without removing it. I plan to primarily use the funds to obtain a patent and to manufacture this product. Life as a quadriplegic is hard but with the Sixth Digit it can be a little easier.
What difference can the Sixth Digit make?
Videos comparing doing tasks with and without the Sixth Digit
Using a Touchscreen Device with small buttons:
Using a Keyboard:
....you can actually see the difference the Sixth Digit makes!
Even using a microwave and stove is much easier..
not to mention you can still easily do almost any daily task without taking it off, including pushing in a manual chair:
Featured in the news:
Features of the Sixth Digit:
The stylus tip easily screws on and off the ring
Alternatives to the Sixth Digit:
Cumbersome bendable stylus
Homemade typing tools by Jack Kavanagh
Risks and challenges
I am finalizing the exact material to use. I also have a patent pending on the design. I don't foresee any major challenges that will set the project back.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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