It seems counter intuitive: a mount designed to be movable by the client for users that, presumably, have little reliable mobility issues.
However we've heard from many clinicians across the country that the Mount `n Mover makes sense for their clients using an eye-gaze system.
1) The Mount 'n Mover is easy to move in and out of the correct position for that individual.
Typically when they have to move a client out of the chair, they have to mark the position of the mounts with a marker or something to make sure they put everything back the right way. A painstaking process that requires someone who knows there way around this equipment. With a Mount 'n Mover set up, they just set the locks to the right position. They swing the mount in or out of the correct position by just pushing down the paddle to release it. Presetting the locks makes re-positioning easy and reliable.
2) Safety of the device and client.
With other mounts, to move the device or the client, it takes at least 2, maybe 3 people to do it safely. Eyegaze systems are at least 15” screens and they’re powerful computers – i.e. heavy.
Letting the device mount fall on the ground or on the client from any height would be catastrophic. With most mountains you have to be very careful that gravity doesn't impose its will. Mounts are designed to be tightened so that they don't move or completely loose so that they move. With a device that ways several pounds, this means that gravity can easily an unexpectedly take over if you loosen a joint to reposition the mount.
The Mount 'n Mover has so much dexterity on the horizontal, it means you can move it without releasing vertical support. Explained without the engineering lingo -- you can get the device out of the way without it dropping.
3) Less specialized support:
If you're using a traditional mount, both of the above scenarios suggest you have someone with specialized skills on hand: you need to remember steps to move the mount and get it back to the right place, you might need a tool to unlock it, you may need someone with strength to support the device while the other loosens or moves it etc.
With the Mount 'n Mover you need one person who knows to press the paddle to release and that's it. Now, of course in the initial set-up you need to have the expertise to set up the Mount 'n Mover to the best position. But after the Mount 'n Mover is positioned and the locks are set, virtually anyone can help the eye gaze user with their mount.
To see a video with the MM in action, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9WjzGFe6Ek
The Mountn' Mover is a wheelchair mount for communication devices, laptops etc that swings out of the way easily with minimum effort. This gives the opportunity for a user to take full advantage of the dexterity that is available to them to get in and out of their chair without a care giver removing or repositionin their device. You can actually create pre-set positions so when you swing it out of the way or into your working position, in locks into place with minimum effort. You can
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change the position of the rests with a simple tool or flathead screwdriver. When I tried it out at the conference I found it really easy to move around and set up. I was also surprised how light it was.
We don't have a demo version of this mount in quite yet, but we should get it in early in the new year.
There's more info on their new website www.mountnmover.com There are some great videos on youtube ( this is a good overview www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj7dgl9-bF0) or just search for Mount'n Mover. Pricing depends on what bits you need to attach to the chair, type of tray etc. But you should guess somewhere around $1500, give or take a few hundred, depending on specifics.