Functional as an Illusion
Lately I’ve in the back of my mind a project. I want to be able to access a computer from my bed. So what? You ask. Well, it’s not as simple as just getting a laptop and plugging it in. Seeing as how the only thing I can move in bed is my head it poses a problem. And I already have a few things I operate which are positioned so I can access them. (see Pic below)
I stumbled accross this article on Gizmodo titled ‘Computer Desk for Lazybones’ about a device from Japan. It’s not exactly the solution I’d go for, but it did give me some more food for my thoughts.
Input: I envisage one of two scenarios. Either I access the pc completely through a trackball and use an onscreen keyboard or try and get a small keyboard that has some pointing device built it – small trackball, pointer. In either case the input device would be on something that could be positioned in the correct position close enough to allow control with my mouthstick while laying down.
Screen: There’s a couple options here as well. I could have the output of the pc go to my TV on the wall at the end of the bed then I could choose between TV or PC screen. My current TV is only small…..maybe a good excuse for a big flat plasma on the wall in my bedroom….though don’t think I could justify the expense. The other alternative is a LCD screen mounted closer to me in bed. I did actually contemplate a touch-screen monitor and do away with need to use a pointing device. However I’m not sure if I’d have the range with my stick while laying down. Besides which it’d need to be a small screen and even then I don’t know if such a beast exists.
Position: Ideally I’d like the input device, and screen if applicable, to be on the end of an ‘arm’ that is fixed to the wall and can be puled down and positioned where I need it – like one of those lights or instrument trays in a Dentist surgery. Idea….maybe I could get one from an auction and modify it. I have the idea of building the arm out of pipe and use car steering rod ends as pivots (you can take the man out of being a mechanic but you can’t take the mechanic out of the man). With this setup the pc would be mounted elsewhere, possibly under the bed.
It’s all just a dream at present but I’m working towards it.