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Automatic, Switch Activated, Paper-Counting Device

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Student Designers: Ryan Brandt, Benjamin House, Matt Coffman, Bryce Tanner (California State University, Chico)


Final Beta Design
Final Beta Design

An automatic, switch activated paper-counting device was designed to enable people with disabilities to more easily perform jobs related to paper handling, such as distributing fliers or stuffing envelopes. This paper-counting device allows individuals with limited mobility, dexterity, or cognitive ability to specify the number of pages desired in a batch and produce a stack of pages which can then be distributed or stuffed into envelopes. The device is switch activated, ergonomic, and contains both visual and audio feedback for the user so that it may be used in the workplace by people with a wide range of disabilities.


The goal of this project was to create a device that would allow the students at Rosedale to independently count and stack pages as part of their vocational training. The device needed to be safe, durable, switch-activated, and multisensory in order to allow students with a wide range of abilities to be as independent as possible while using the device to accomplish the given task. The housing and paper-handling mechanism from a Dell brand Lexmark printer was selected to be utilized in the final design. To better accommodate individuals with visual impairments, a 1 inch, 3-digit, 7-segment readout was chosen to display the stipulated number of pages as well as the counting process.

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