Modified remote control devices

Modifications enable a user without finger function to grasp controllers and use them

Modified remote control devices
Modified remote control devices

1. Modifications enable the user to easily grasp the remote control: a key ring is attached to the remote control by a piece of wire
2. Modifications to hold the remote control firmly on the surface: newer remote controls are often round and won’t stay on the surface; pieces of tubing are glued along the edges on the underside of the remote control. Older remote controls with flat bottoms are fitted with anti-skid material underneath.
3. Modifications to be able to handle buttons: a piece of cable tie is glued on with quick glue to enlarge the buttons (video).

Users comments
The user feels it is a challenge to modify everything he buys so that he can use things on his own. The pieces of tubing were cut from a catheter.

He modifies the remote control units for the stereo, TV, remote-controlled switches, etc., in this way.

Purchased from
Key ring: department store; anti-slip material: outlets such as www.varsam.se (last checked May 2017).

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
The user

When adapted with cut pieces of tubing the remote control unit sits stably on the user’s lap
When adapted with cut pieces of tubing the remote control unit sits stably on the user’s lap

The user holds the remote control unit with his long finger in the key ring
The user holds the remote control unit with his long finger in the key ring


Modified remote control cable tie (video)

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Tipsare: Ragge

Ragge lives together with his wife in a house. He is developing ideas which make everyday life easier for himself and for others. He was injured in 1973 and has a high tetraplegia. He has homehelp 27 hours a week.