Access Angle: AbleNet Quick-Ready Mounting Solutions

By: Gabriel Ryan, School Health Blog Writer and Contributor

 

Access Angle: AbleNet Quick-Ready Mounting Solutions

The AbleNet Quick-Ready Mounting Solutions includes a variety of products that allow the user to control the positioning of assistive technology devices and/or tablet computers. Here is a brief description of four mounts currently available as described by AbleNet.

Quick-Ready One

A single adjustment point on the One mounting arm allows you to control the precise positioning of assistive technology or a tablet computer. The single point of adjustment controls three movable joints. 

Quick-Ready Latitude 360

Three fully articulating joints provide 360-degree movement for precise positioning.

Quick-Ready Flex

A gooseneck arm that allows you to quickly push or pull assistive technology or a tablet computer into position. 

Quick-Ready Cling

Has two suction cups that stick to almost any flat non-porous surface. The suction cups on Cling allow you to quickly mount assistive technology or a tablet computer onto any flat non-porous surface.

All mounts mentioned have a micro adjustment head for precise positioning. They are built to endure bumps and other environmental conditions. The mounting arm is compatible with any AbleNet Quick Ready mounting plates, mounting plates that use a ¼”-20 threaded rod to attach, or mounting plates from RehAdapt that connect with the Spigot Link System (SLS). The One, Latitude 360, and Flex all have a Super Clamp that attaches to almost any flat table edge or a round/square tube on a wheelchair or bed frame.

The Quick Ready Mounting Plate for Assistive Technology is used to mount most assistive technology to an AbleNet Quick Ready Mounting Solutions arm. Included with the mounting plate are Dual Lock strips used to attach the device to the mounting plates.

Also, part of the Quick Ready Mounting Solutions is a Quick Ready Tablet Holder which is used to mount an iPad or tablet computer to a mounting arm. The tablet holder is compatible with most tablets that have a screen size of 7 to 11-in and cases up to 1-in thick.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Quick-Ready Flex, Quick Ready Tablet Holder, and Quick Ready Mounting Plate for Assistive Technology. The following are some highlights and some considerations from my trial use. 

Quick-Ready Flex: I found the gooseneck arm to be extremely sturdy. The arm stayed in the position I wanted it to until I repositioned it. Although the Super Clamp is versatile, on my specific wheelchair there were limited locations where the arm could be mounted that would not interfere with reaching the driving controls or having to remove the mounting arm each time my tray was added, or I moved out of my chair. The mounting location that suited me best was toward my knee area, therefore, the length of the gooseneck arm at 19 inches brought the mounting surface within my reach.

Quick Ready Tablet Holder: The tablet I typically use is over 12 inches in size so it was not something I could test. The tablet holder is compatible with 7–11-inch tablets. I did try a tablet that was slightly over 10 inches, which fit securely in the table holder. I noticed the buttons for volume and power were not accessible to me and that when using the tablet in portrait position, if the tablet operating system requires the user to swipe up from the bottom to open the screen, the bottom of the touch screen was not easy to reach past the holder edge. The only solution I found was placing the tablet in landscape position to reach the screen controls. The tablet holder frame and retracting spring seemed strong and durable.

Quick Ready Mounting Plate for Assistive Technology: I attached the mounting plate to the Flex arm and used the Dual Lock strips that come with the plate. I added a Dual Lock strip to my phone case and snapped my phone onto the mounting plate. Using the mounting plate with the Flex arm placed my phone in an ideal position for me to see and use. I could easy reach the buttons and swing away the arm when not in use. The connection of my phone to the mount was solid and I didn’t worry about my phone falling off. When I went to take the phone off the mount, both sides of the Dual Lock came off, this may pose an issue for continued adhesiveness over time.  One solution might be swapping out the Dual Lock for a strong magnet if the item you are mounting will be frequently removed. The Dual Lock added extra thickness to the phone case impeding the use of a magnetic charging phone feature. The mounting plate was easy to add and remove from the Flex arm.

Overall, I enjoyed using the Quick-Ready Flex and Mounting Plate for Assistive Technology. Users will all have varying experiences depending on how and where the Super Clamp can attach to their wheelchair or positioning chair. The good news is the Super Clamp can easily attach to almost any flat table edge or bed frame offering a variety of mounting options. This just may be the perfect mount for your assistive technology or tablet computer mounting needs.

 

To learn more about the AbleNet Quick-Ready Mounting Solutions visit the School Health website.

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