Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Patents Pending...

How many OTs does it take to change a lightbulb?

NONE; we'll teach it how to change itself!!

Our ingenuity is obvious, and if we can't teach you to do it yourself....

We will use our creative minds and design something, and hopefully with this new handy-dandy tool and a little therapy you'll be out on your own again! Today we practiced this handy work and shared our prototypes with our peers:

This cardboard and tape, multifunctional tool can be used to open and shut cabinets, turn on and off light switches, and reach just about anything.

This excellent cardboard and tape stand  can hold your hairdryer, camera, laptop, and a table top, among many dozen of things...
And just in time for gardening....How about this energy saving device that you strap on your back!

At first glance this may seem to be only a cardboard briefcase--but it is a table, desk, sliding board, vanity, all in one!

What's that you ask?                   A fishing rod--for the REALLY, REALLY big fish!
(You only need one arm for this one too!)

This lunch tray is "Too Cool for School!"

Here are some links to various companies that take these cardboard and tape ideas and turn them into the "real thing".  
Maura and I had the chance to try some of these out at the AOTA Conference in April (see previous pictures).
(The sensory rocking chair is amazing!)

In the Fall, Fred Sammons, the OT who started Sammons Preston (now owned by Patterson Medical), came to talk to us about how his ideas turned into a company.
Patterson Medical, Sammons Preston: http://www.pattersonmedical.com/

If only I could catch their creativity!

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