Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Not all solutions involve electronics or coding. I recently had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder and it’s more comfortable and better to sleep in a recliner for awhile after the surgery.  Unfortunately, like the vast majority of recliners, ours has its controls on the right side, posing a problem for someone in a sling.

Control buttons on my power recliner

So I put some PVC pipe together before the surgery:

PVC pipe “hook” to reach over with my left hand and work the control buttons

Close-up of the tip, where I glued on a piece of rubber to serve as a “finger.”

It’s a bit like lockpicking, you have to go totally by feel. While a bit awkward, it works!

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