DAEDALUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
MAKING TECHNOLOGY MORE ACCESSIBLE
DAESSY Mounting System
The Standard Wheelchair Mounts and Common Variations
The purpose of a wheelchair mount is to securely hold an augmentative communication or laptop computer in the correct position for the person using the wheelchair to access the device as comfortably as possible.
The choice of assembly will depend on a number of factors including the abilities of the user, the type of device to be mounted, and the type of wheelchair. Not all DAESSY mounting assemblies are appropriate for all situations. You must determine to your own satisfaction which mount is most suitable for your particular application. In some cases it may be necessary to modify the standard assembly or construct a custom mount from individual DAESSY Mounting System components.
Standard DAESSY Mount Assemblies
- Rigid Mount DRM1
- Rigid Mount ROP Version DRM1ROP
- Folding Mount DFM2
- Folding Mount ROP Version DFM2ROP
- Rear Folding Mount DRFM6
- Lockable Rear Folding Mount DLFM8
- Locking Swing Away Mount DLSA7
- Desk Mount and Clamp Desk Mount DM & DMC
- Rolling Mount RM-24 & RM-32
The DAESSY Rigid Mount (DRM1) provides a simple but highly adaptable and adjustable support structure for Mounting laptop computers or communication devices on wheelchairs. The Mount consists of two lengths of tube Rigidly connected to form a right angle structure. The Mounted device is attached to a horizontal tube crossing the wheelchair and supported by a vertical tube in a clamp that is permanently attached to the wheelchair. Both left or right-hand Mounting are possible and the Mount can be precisely positioned for accessibility by the user. The device may be quickly detached from the Mount, and to allow unimpeded access to the user the Mount may be lifted up completely out of the frame clamp or it may slightly lifted and swung to the side. All common wheelchair frame tube sizes, shapes and orientations can be accommodated. Variations can be made in the length and shape of the tubes, and in the other parts, to adapt the Rigid Mount to any wheelchair.
The Rigid Mount ROP Version is similar to the standard Rigid Mount, but is connected to the wheelchair with a Removable Frame Clamp Assembly. The Removable Outer Piece and Receiver (ROP & RFCR) that allows the Mount assembly to be locked in place replace the standard Outer Piece and Index Clamp (UFCOP & IC1). The ROP Version allows for attachment to Tilting Seat Systems and installation beyond 15° from vertical. Additionally the mount can be quickly removed from the wheelchair. This Mount is non-directional and can be attached to either side of the wheelchair with the same components.
Bent-tube Rigid Mount DRM1-BTThe Bent-tube Rigid Mount replaces the separate Horizontal and Vertical Tubes held in a TC90 tube clamp with a single right-angle bent tube. This is a simple mount suitable for smaller wheelchairs.
The DAESSY Folding Mount (DFM2) as the name implies can be folded away from the user. The two tubes of the Mount are connected by a flexible joint and except for this feature it is identical to the Rigid Mount. The flexible joint allows the horizontal tube, with the device attached or removed, to be lifted up to the side until the two tubes are parallel in a straight-up orientation and then rotated down until parallel to the vertical tube alongside the wheelchair. When folded and removed from the wheelchair the Folding Mount forms a more compact structure than the Rigid Mount.(not shown)
The DAESSY Folding Mount ROP Version DFM2ROP is functionally identical to the standard DAESSY Folding Mount. The ROP Version allows for attachment to Tilting Seat Systems and installation beyond 15° from vertical. The Removable Outer Piece and Receiver that allows the Mount assembly to be ‘locked’ in place replace the standard Outer Piece and Index Clamp and allow the Mount to be quickly removed from the wheelchair. This Mount is non-directional and can be attached to either side of the wheelchair with the same components.
The DAESSY Rear Folding Mount (DRFM6) also allows a device to be precisely positioned for use but with this Mount the device is folded away behind the backrest of the wheelchair when not needed. Unlike the other DAESSY Mounts the Rear Folding Mount is permanently attached part way down the side of the wheelchair and cannot be lifted out of its attachment clamp. Two flexible joints, one located at the attachment to the wheelchair the other between the two tubes permit a three step Rearward Folding action. In use the joint between the tubes forms a right angle with one tube horizontal across the wheelchair and the other tube leaning forward from the attachment point. The first step in the Folding motion swings the horizontal tube, with the device attached or removed, forward away from the user until the two tubes form a straight line. Both tubes then swing to the Rear at the flexible attachment point and finally the horizontal tube is swung in behind the backrest of the wheelchair.
The DAESSY Lockable Rear Folding Mount DLRFM8 functions in the same way as the Rear Folding Mount with the added feature of a Lock Mechanism to hold the Mount in place while in use. The Lock Mechanism allows this Mount assembly to be used on a wheelchair with a tilting seat system. Unlike other DAESSY Mounting assemblies the DAESSY Lockable Rear Folding Mount is directional and the attachment side of the wheelchair must be specified at time of order to receive the correct Lock Mechanism.
The DAESSY Locking Swing-Away Mount (DLSA7) was developed in response to many requests for a device Mount that could be moved out of the way and back into place by the user. Similar in appearance to the Rigid Mount but very different in structure the Locking Swing-Away Mount consists of a single length of tube bent to a right angle shape and supported in a clamp that allows the Mount to be swung away from the user in the manner of a gate. A Locking mechanism located at the clamp and operated by a cable running underneath the Mounted device controls the swing-away action. In some applications the Mount may be swung completely around and locked beside the wheelchair to allow the user to approach a table or desk. In common with the Rigid and Folding Mounts the device may be readily detached and the Locking Swing-Away Mount may be lifted completely out of the clamp on the wheelchair.
The Desk Mount is most commonly used in conjunction with one of the DAESSY wheelchair Mounts and allows a device to be positioned on a desk or table at precisely the same orientation as it is on the wheelchair. The Desk Mount consists of a base and U-shaped tube that holds the attachment fitting for the device on its adapter. (not shown)
Clamp Desk Mount: DMCThis variation on the Desk Mount uses a Manfrotto Super Clamp to clamp onto the edge of the table. Similar to the standard Desk Mount, the U-Tube can be adjusted for angle and position.
The DAESSY Rolling Mounts provide an independent floor stand solution for using an AAC/SGD device or laptop computer. Fitted with the DAESSY quick release base the Rolling Mount is an excellent companion to the wheelchair mounts allowing easy transfer of a device or laptop from wheelchair to the Rolling Mount for use in bed or at a recliner.