Adaptive Styluses and Other Methods of Direct Access to a Tablet

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Adaptive Styluses Commercially Available

A recent inquiry on adaptive styluses piqued by interest. It has been a while since I scoured the market for adaptive styluses so it appeared to be time to find what else is out there. Here are my findings:

Limitless Stylus (Prototype)

A prior post on OT’s with Apps presented a new development called the Limitless Stylus (30.). It appears very similar to the pointers created for quads for typing. It presently is in the development stage (to my knowledge).

Limitless stylus

RJ Cooper’s Tablet Handpointer
RJ’s Cooper Tablet Handpointer (29.00) is a very adaptable pointer for iPad or Android. His wrist and hand strap provides a very secure method of stabilizing the pointer to anybody’s hand. The stretchy Velcro and cylinder for the stylus also provides options of angles of the stylus pending the users needs. I have found this a comfortable and secure adapted stylus for individuals with tone issues.

RJ Cooper hand pointer pic

Adjustable Touch Screen Stylus
Available from Enabling Devices, the Adjustable Touch Screen Stylus  (89.95) has a telescoping shaft for customization of the device to the user. Velcro straps aid securing the device to the users wrist and hand. I have not had experience with this stylus.

Adjustable touch stylus - enabling devices pic

iFaraday Cadeus
iFaraday provides a unique and highly adaptable stylus, the Caduceus (20.00). I have had the opportunity to use and trial this stylus with clients. It’s concept is fabulous, unfortunately the contact of the standard stylus tip in my experience has to be straight on, not angled and sometimes is not responsive. They now offer a replacement SALT tip that I would expect is much more sensitive and make it so much more useable. Add a foam grip or strap and you have limitless positions and access with this stylus.

Caduceus stylus

SHAPEDAD on Etsy provides a number of adaptive stylus solutions. Here are his collection and costs of  his adaptive styluses:

Shapedad styluses pic
I have not used any of his styluses but they seem to have withstood the test of time as Shapedad has been on Etsy for quite sometime.

Mouth Stick Stylus

The Mouth Stick Stylus from Shapedad as seen above provides access to the iPad with a mouth stylus.A lightweight device that does not required drag for activation.

Zygo Head Pointers

The AD Head Pointer  (245.00) from Zygo is a head-worn pointers with a significant design advancement in providing efficient pointing from a psychologically and cosmetically sound perspective: the chin. Unlike forehead protrusion pointers, using an “out from the chin” device more realistically places the pointer in proximity to the item(s) being accessed. It also eliminates the unsightly barrier imposed by forehead pointers because it doesn’t interrupt either the wearer’s field of vision or the full view of the wearer’s face.

These AD Head Pointers have also just been upgraded to include a brand new tip so they can be used with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, as well as other touch screen tablets including Android and all other AAC dynamic display devices. The AD Head Pointers come in three different sizes.

Zygo head pointer pic

Mouth pointers are also available from:

iFaraday – Mouth stick (20.00) that is light weight with a replaceable tip.

Stylus -R -Us – Provides mouth stick styluses. Their styluses are incredibly sensitive and would be a great choice for individuals with weakness who need a light touch to activate a device.

These are the commercial adaptive styluses found from my search. What other adaptive pointers for tablets do you use?


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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2 Responses to Adaptive Styluses and Other Methods of Direct Access to a Tablet

  1. adl2go says:

    Thanks for this great resource Carole. Some of the OTs I work with make a finger tip stylus (similar to a thimble) out of splinting material. They mold a short 2inch stylus into the splint. The stylus can be slid in/out of the splint for replacement. This stylus works well for clients who have the strength/movement of their finger to activate a touch screen, but do not have the fine motor control to keep their other fingers from accidentally touching the screen.

    The Limitless stylus looks very promising. We are always on the lookout for commercially made styluses to save time for our therapists. Thanks again.

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