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This topic has 10 replies, 5 voices, and was last updated 2 years ago by Halsey Blocher.

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    • #18238
      DeAnn R
      Keymaster

      Maybe I’ve shared this tip before, but it really came in handy when I went to my nieces jazz concert last night. The over abundance of lights on my joystick annoys me. Especially in low-light situations like this concert. I block out the unnecessary lights with black fingernail polish. It probably won’t work for everyone, but works for me. Any tips or wheelchair modifications you’ve made?

    • #18243
      Kevin Schaefer
      Keymaster

      It’s funny you mention this. At the movie theater I go to, they serve food. When I’m eating, I have to keep my chair on so that I can operate my JACO robotic arm. I always feel bad when I have my chair on in the middle of the theater and the lights are on, especially because I watch movies in the dark religiously.

      I came up with the solution of putting my poncho over the screen on my chair, so that it covers the lights. It works great, and it doesn’t get in the way of my hand operating my joystick. A hat works too.

      • #18277
        DeAnn R
        Keymaster

        I hardly ever turn off my chair unless toddlers are around.

    • #18247
      Ryan Berhar
      Member

      Yeah this can be annoying. I sure wish they’d make the brightness adjustable. Like Kevin, I’ll just put a hat or something over it in theaters.

    • #18258
      Halsey Blocher
      Participant

      Mine has a sensor that detects the level of light and adjusts the brightness of the screen accordingly. This way, I can still see it, but it’s not hurting my eyes or bothering other people. I didn’t request this feature, so I don’t know what it is called. It was a pleasant surprise.

      • #18273
        Ryan Berhar
        Member

        Wow. Does your chair fly too?

      • #18276
        DeAnn R
        Keymaster

        That’s awesome Halsey! What wheelchair do you have? Mine isn’t a screen, just lots of unnecessary lights, so didn’t mind covering them permanently. A display that dims would be nice. I’m taking notes so when I do need a new chair I can ask for what I want. Not that it’ll happen.

      • #18282
        Kevin Schaefer
        Keymaster

        Echoing what Ryan said, that’s pretty cool.

      • #18299
        Halsey Blocher
        Participant

        DeAnn, its a Quantum Edge 2.0. I used to use the Storm TDX but switched to Quantum in 2011. This is the second one I’ve had, and I have been pretty happy with them. It, unfortunately, does not fly.

    • #18275
      Dennis Turner
      Participant

      On my scooter I used to cover them with black duct tape. Now with my power wheelchair I cover the positioning controls and the joystick with a small dark bag. They still shine through a bit, but it is much less offensive and still not permanent.

      • #18278
        DeAnn R
        Keymaster

        Duct tape is a good option too.

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