Sixth Digit – Adaptive Stylus for Quadriplegics

Sixth Digit pic
Sixth Digit

Thanks to Josh Smith’s ingenuity,  there are additional options for access to touch screens, buttons and small target points for those with limited hand function. The mechanical engineer created the Sixth Digit Stylus out of necessity following a C 5 complete SCI  sustained last August from a diving accident.

Josh reported he trialing a variety of styluses that did not work for him, he developed the Sixth Digit stylus/pointer. More than just a stylus for mobile devices, this stylus has a universal design flavor, allowing access to an iPad, standard keyboards, microwaves and more for individuals with poor hand/finger control. What a great device that is portable, wearable and very functional!  Here’s more about his story and invention:

Currently a kick starter project, Josh shared inventory should be available in about 2 months. Check out more about the Sixth Digit Stylus on the Kick Starter website and help him fund his project .

Kudos to Josh Smith for his ingenuity!

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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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