ROCKSTAR GUITAR STAND FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS & PEOPLE WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
Duke University students Rachel Belzer, Kristine Brown, Al Samost and Brendan Moore choose to build the Rockstar Guitar Stand as a capstone to their senior biomedical engineering course, "Design for P

2011-02-01

Duke University students Rachel Belzer, Kristine Brown, Al Samost and Brendan Moore choose to build the Rockstar Guitar Stand as a capstone to their senior biomedical engineering course, "Design for People with Disabilities". For the project, these students were given the opportunity to work with a local client struggling with cerebral palsy to build a device which would allow the client to combat his or her disability. The client wanted a device built to help him play musical instruments, so the students drafted a design for the Rockstar Guitar Stand.

The completed stand affixes to the client's mobile chair and is capable of supporting either a guitar or an electric keyboard. In order to provide adjustability for the guitar neck and back support, the device needed to be equipped with sturdy, yet easily adjustable hinging mechanisms. Adjustable Locking Technologies' push button Variloc hinges proved to be the perfect component for this application. A plastic Variloc hinge secures the guitar neck support, and a stainless steel Variloc hinge provides adjustability for the guitar back support. These key supports may be easily adjusted, thanks to the Variloc hinges' push button activation feature.

Both Variloc hinges were provided to the students at a discounted price.