St. Francis DeSales High School InvenTeam
The St. Francis DeSales High School InvenTeam invented an automatic page turner that allows individuals with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, to quickly turn multiple pages. The Page-O-Matic system can be attached to a wheelchair with spring clamps. A mechanical arm with a 20 inch reach and two book clamps are attached to the inclined base. The arm and clamps are operated by a microprocessor to turn pages using friction. The 5 inch diameter buttons are actuated with a lateral forearm motion. The device will target standard 7 by 10 inch textbooks, and will be able to accommodate up to 18 by 12 by 2 inch hard cover books.