Remotely Brilliant / Addendum by Chartermark


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Chartermark
Update:

For those of you who don"t know my circumstances, my right arm is permanently paralysed. Duncan and Paul (Raistlin) had previously moderated my lighting controls, to operate via a remote control, with a foot operated dip switch.

At the last Nano meet, they updated the seat controls to function similarly, as my mobility worsened. Just getting in and out of the car had become increasingly irksome!

Legions of so called mobility specialists, auto electricians and other time-wasters had accorded the common view that my ideas (as above) were beyond reality, - Wo! Wo!, it can't be done ...

Today, I attended hospital for an appointment with a Neurological Consultant. In formative terms, after 36 years of "carrying" the right arm, my frame, as originally supplied, had distorted following the persistent imbalance.

An abdominal hernia as a corollary of straining to alight the car was diagnosed and operated upon last year.

Contemporaneously a degradation to the left side sacroiliac joint, (a life changing scenario believe me), had also elevated significantly. Following another scan early this morning, this last symptom has regressed markedly, since my previous such event a little over a month ago!

Nonplussed at the improvement, I was asked what I'd been doing to reverse this position?

When I'd explained, how previously I struggled to get in and out of the car, prior to 'electrickal' intervention the comment was;

"Completely contrary to what you should be doing, how long had this been going on". Six years I replied.

"Wish I"d known that Martin, I"d have advised you to re-think the whole driving thing - I"m afraid?"

When I told him of recent automotive innovations, he'd insisted upon a physical demonstration.

"Brilliant, absolutely brilliant!" was the exclamation, accompanied by spontaneous applause from a couple of amazed porters!

Of all the things the 'Dynamic Duo' have done for me, this latest conversion has truly improved my quality of life beyond my wildest imagination. I can now get in easily, with the seat right back and set low on Memory 2, and remotely alter it to the 'drive' position by operating Memory 1. A physical impossibility prior to the alteration.

Suddenly its a pleasure to use the car again, in place of an engagement with pain.

My eternal thanks chaps ...

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 15:41 #1 

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Mick
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Another triumph for the Nano Meet electro mechanical geniuses........... Medals should be awarded.

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 16:05 #2 

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JohnDotCom
I can only echo Micks comments above,
It's great that two electronic wonders have managed to improve your standard of life.
To further state that the disability people couldn't do this......
It was also great to meet and talk to you at the last Nano meet, long may they continue.
John

"My lovely car now sold onto a very happy new owner.
I still love this marque and I will still be around, preferred selling to breaking, as a great runner and performer"

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 16:56 #3 

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raistlin
Mick wrote:Another triumph for the Nano Meet electro mechanical geniuses........... Medals should be awarded.


Duncan's genius, I just do the remote control link :) Nonetheless, wonderful to have been able to help :) Pleased to know that there will be a long term benefit as well. Thanks for the kind words Martin
Paul

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Posted 24 Mar 2011, 17:47 #4 

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Duncan
Hey, definitely teamwork here Paul. I just know how the cars work.

Anyhow, thanks for the update Martin, and so glad it's helping.

I love doing things like this, reverse Engineering the system and figuring out how it works. The problem is I do too many things and end up with all sorts of half done jobs. That's why this took so long to prepare before the Nano.

I'm still thinking about another use for the remote lights interface, that is to have an autolights function like on newer cars. A fairly straightforward light sensor should do it.
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Posted 24 Mar 2011, 18:28 #5 


suzublu
Very pleased to see you're all sorted Martin.Paul & Duncan truly are genius' (genii?)

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 18:29 #6 

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Chartermark
Very true Ronnie, I've never encountered such a pair, we are very lucky, it's a bit like meeting Merlin and Dr Who!

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 22:18 #7 

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Chartermark
I love doing things like this, reverse Engineering the system and figuring out how it works. The problem is I do too many things and end up with all sorts of half done jobs.

I remember reading once Duncan that one of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. (I've just checked it was A. A. Milne)

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 22:26 #8 

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Chartermark
raistlin wrote:
Mick wrote:Another triumph for the Nano Meet electro mechanical geniuses........... Medals should be awarded.


Duncan's genius, I just do the remote control link :) Nonetheless, wonderful to have been able to help :) Pleased to know that there will be a long term benefit as well. Thanks for the kind words Martin


Yes a bit like the Spitfire - Mitchell designed it and Jeff Quill was the Test Pilot, both fortunately for us around at the same time on a single project ...

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 22:33 #9 

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Chartermark
JohnDotCom wrote:I can only echo Micks comments above,
It's great that two electronic wonders have managed to improve your standard of life.
To further state that the disability people couldn't do this......
It was also great to meet and talk to you at the last Nano meet, long may they continue.


John,

You'll unfortunately know how valuable a little well directioned aid can be after a setback. This morning bought that home to me and has been on my mind ever since. Good to chat with you too, a varied and rewarding experience thank you and speedy recovery.

Posted 24 Mar 2011, 22:38 #10 

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Jürgen
It's brilliant, what some decent guys, working together, can achieve. And it's good to hear that you're feeling better Martin.
Jürgen

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Posted 27 Mar 2011, 23:17 #11 


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