A CAMERA AND MONITOR DEVICE ATTACHED TO A WHEELCHAIR THAT ENABLES THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED TO VIEW RAISED SHOWCASES AND OBJECTS.
Before, wheelchair users were unable to view most of our museum showcases, which are 1.10-m to 1.30-m high and cannot be
lowered. Now, thanks to a new device that comprises a TV camera attached to a tube, a 10’’ TFT monitor and a battery fitted to a basic wheelchair, disabled visitors can view showcases and other museum objects regardless of the height at which they are displayed.
The camera can be operated from the wheelchair, which incorporates a screen and a zoom function that offers close-up and long-range views of captured images.
The chair also features a table for visitors to transfer from their own wheelchair to this one. Those who cannot change wheelchairs will have the chair-cam in front of them, so that they can see the showcases on the screen, which can rotate 180º.
According to information from other museums in Catalonia, ours is the only museum with such a device.
The Chair-Cam is an original idea by Joaquim Sanz i Balagué, former director of the Valentí Masachs Geology Museum. It was manufactured by Josep Mª Borràs i Santillàn, of JMB-Sonoritzacions in Sant Fruitós de Bages.