LipSync Buildathon with Neil Squire Solutions

On January 24th, the Solutions team worked with the Neil Squire Society’s Makers Making Change (opens in a new window) team to build LipSyncs (opens in a new window). A LipSync is a mouth-controlled device that helps people with limited use of their arms to operate a touchscreen device.

The team was given an introduction to soldering, after which they began building the devices. More details about the LipSync and its open-source project files are available here (opens in a new window).

Gemma soldering a LipSync

Gemma soldering a LipSync

For many members of the Solutions team, this was their first time soldering and building a device.

“I don’t have a technical background, so building a LipSync was a huge learning experience,” says Ugen Lhazin (opens in a new window), Service Coordinator. “I had the opportunity to build some technical skills with the knowledge that it would help someone.”

Ugen soldering a LipSync

Ugen soldering a LipSync

“In my role, I often recommend pieces of assistive technology to our clients,” says Piriya Mokanasingham (opens in a new window), Assistive Technology Professional. “The LipSync is one of them, so it was great to be involved in actually building one.”

Bernice showing off a completed LipSync

Bernice showing off a completed LipSync

Watch the time-lapse below for a quick one-minute recap of how a LipSync is built: