I have recently had lots of interest in having my own garden. I decided to start a butterfly garden. I have always liked butterflies and would like to have more in my yard. Since it is still too early to plant flowers outside. I bought a seed starter Kit,to get a head start on my garden. Some of the flowers that I have started :
Simple Hands-free Camera Remote Hack
You need to have a canon rebel XT for this to work. I needed to make a custom remote for my new camera. I wanted to use buttons that were easier to push. The Canon RS60-E3 Remote has two functions focus and shutter (but you don’t really need both for most shots). When you press the shutter, the camera focuses first anyway. The remote uses a 2.5-mm stereo jack.
We had an adaptive switch that I was also using to answer my phone (it is plugged into a wireless phone transmitter when not used for my camera – more on the phone project later.
We tried to use a splitter to separate the two functions but were unable to achieve that. We only really cared about the shutter so the other function may or may not be necessary, depending on what you want to do. If you really want to use both functions with your remote, you should see this article for example.
Hooking it all up
Basically, we had a 3.5-mm mono jack on the end of our switch. We didn’t want to cut the end off of our switch so instead we cut the end off of a random audio female cable we had laying around and used that as our 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter. So, basically, we built an adapter because we didn’t feel like going to radio shack. If we didn’t care about the switch, we would have just wired the switch to the one side (seemed like either channel worked the same) of the mini 2.5 mm stereo audio jack (the small size like the cellphone jack size).
- 1 Cable with 2.5 mm audio jack
- 1 Y-adapter that will fit your switch.
- 1 Adaptive switch – example TASH (or any switch with an audio style jack end (or else put one on and switch).
Where to get a switch:
I am so excited I just got a new Van. We had a 10 year old Ford Full-size Econoline Van with a Crow River Lift. It was getting old, and was also getting hard for me to get on the lift. So getting a mini-van with a ramp made more sense and seemed to be more space, I tired many different side-entrance ramped vans, they were all too small for my wheelchair. So we tired a rear-entry van, and we liked it.
The new van is a Town and Country Touring, with a rear entrance lowered-floor ramp which was done by Viewpoint Mobility. In the old van the wheelchair had to be strapped in, which was hard and time consuming. The new van has the EZ-Lock System which a plate attached to the floor and a pin is attached to the wheelchair. All you do you is drive your chair over the plate and the pin locks the chair in automatically, no more straps. Making life a little easier. If anyone else has a rear-entry or any other type of van, please tell us how you like it.
For reading books, I use a GEWA Book Reader. I’ve tried lots of different machines. Many of the others rely on a sticky thing that sticks to the page. It works better than a lot of other ones because the things don’t have to stick to the page. The GEWA is different. Instead it uses a creative roller mechanism to turn pages. In addition to turning pages one by one, it has the capability to roll through any number of pages before flipping them all over at once. This allows faster movement through the book. It also allows backward movement as well. To control the page turner machine, I simply use a switch that is mounted on the desk.
More info can be found here http://www.zygo-usa.com/blv6.htm .
Being disabled and having very little use of my arms drinking can be a challenge, Calling for help just to get a drink can be frustrating for me or my caregiver. But this problem has been solved thanks to the hummingbird sipper. The hummingbird sipper is a very long straw, that allows me to drink on my own. The straw also comes with clip that goes on the cup to hold the straw in place. On the hummingbird sipper website their are different lengths and styles you can choose from. You can also buy a cup holder that can go on table.