Touch screens are the future and they’re everywhere, and if you’re a quad with limited or no hand function they can be a conundrum. If you’re like me, you’ve probably figured out a knuckle, or a place on your hand that you can use to tap, click, drag and stay productive. But if you’re like me, you probably wish you had a better solution. Enter the Handizap.
Back in May we highlighted a Kickstarter campaign for the Sixth Digit, a slick little stylus quads could slip onto their pinky to make using touch screens easier. The product and campaign were the brainchild of Virginia quad Josh Smith.
On the strength of Smith’s great idea, the campaign raised over $2,000 and late last year backers received the promised Sixth Digits. Smith has since rebranded his product as Handizap, and now sells it through his website. For $30 you get two Handizaps, two replacement tips and a carry bag. Just this week Smith was recognized by Governor Terry McAuliffe with Virginia’s 2016 STEM Catalyst Award for his invention.
I was one of the many backers of Smith’s campaign and was thrilled when I finally received my Sixth Digit/Handizap in the mail. As a C5 quad with limp fingers, the prospect of an easier way to manipulate my phone, tablet and computer screen was exciting. I chose the silver matte finish and was very satisfied with the final product. It’s light, the clasps you wraparound your finger are easy to manipulate a