My "Headfinger" (as good a word as any) has added a completely new
dimension to my life. With it, I am able to perform munerous tasks that
I never thought of attempting before. It is truly the foundation
underlying many abilities I have developed.
When I was seventeen or eighteen and living at a boarding school I
learned to type with a short stick in my mouth. A little while
thereafter a girl came to school who had learned to type with a device
similar to my current Headfinger. At the first opportunity, I had a
somewhat crude, but life-changing, version made. It enabled me to type
easier and faster, without drooling or getting tired jaws, and I have
found many other uses for it through the
The first task solved by the Headfinger was typing.
Pushing a button with my Headfinger.
The refined model I use today consists basically of the plastic "head
harness" (the adjustable portion) of a common safety helmet. Attached
to this is a metal plate which fits snugly around my forehead, and
attached to the metal plate is a rod which protrudes away from my face.
This rod or "finger" is adjustable in that it can be moved up or down
when enough force is applied. Instead of the plastic headband being
continuous, part of it is replaced by elastic. This allows me to force
it over the crown of my head because it now expands. It then contracts,
fitting my head snugly.
Using my Headfinger to turn a page.
I use it for typing, turning pages of a book, pushing buttons, moving
things around, turning switches, pulling, sorting, and numerous other