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Ideas on how to mount an iPad to a child's wheelchair? Answered

Does anyone have any ideas for how to mount an iPad to a child's wheelchair...also making sure it is adjustable to be able to get the child in and out of the chair? 

Also, any ideas on how to attach a stylus so that it doesn't get dropped or lost?

As you can see from the picture, the way we have it isn't working out so well. 

Thanks in advance!


1. steps find an ipad mount
2.put it(glue or use something) on the side

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this is really cool.. i love it..i wish my kid will also have this one.. i hope it is not that expensive though!

Use a car mount on a simple aluminum arm that attached to a side rail with a modified clamp. You can hand bend the aluminum to where the I[pad should be placed easily enough, and it out to be low cost.


Beautiful family. This question is just what Instructables is all about. Could you comment about her personal mobility please. Finger dexterity, head/body turning ability. I don't wish to intrude but this info would help with peoples ideas.

In college the lecture hall classes all had seats with a small desk top that flips up then swings down, mounted to the arm rest. Hope this makes sense. If not, then just stop by your local university and have a peak in one of the lecture halls. I've posted a picture of what I mean or try this link:

I'm thinking of taking one of those mechanisms and mounting it to the arm of her chair. It could easily support a mount for an iPad or other accessory. When not in use the item can be easily folded out of the way. When in use, it's mounted sturdily enough that she's not going to be pushing the mount around by accident or getting fingers caught in the mechanism.

Not sure where to buy something like this, maybe google "lecture hall seating" or call some architectural salvage companies near you.

Another thought is something like a high chair. A simple platform that cantilevers on the arm rests. it's sturdy and can handle any accessory but removes easily.

If you don't have the tools to make these, perhaps you can take both of these ideas to your local trade school, preferably one that teaches machining and fabrication. They will be happy to help make these a reality.


you could try to some how attatch a music stand to the chair and for the stylus you could tie it onto the stand. hope this helps.

I did a quick search online. Is a site at http://www.ram-mount.com/NewProducts/AppleiPadMounts/tabid/2614/Default.aspx that shows various mounts available for the Ipad. I think you might be able to use the RAM Mount to attach to the bar alongside the armrest. There are other possible mounts that may be modified.

Can i get a better picture of the chair side back and front including placement of the wheels and wheel locks ill get the measurement of the ipad myself and how to attach the stylus to the holder .

I will build something to help if you need it im a professional fabricator im very sure i can figure something out .

This may be the model of the wheelchair and specs  .
Maybe a short riser tube or support attached to the bottom frame which leads into a shorter flex tube might work.  The weight of the ipad mount on top probably sags too much.  Hope it helps to think out a design.

Hmm im thinking a Split Bearing same diameter of the upright handle behind her on the right with an adjustable bolted pin bearing welded to it and to that attached a 3/4 inch steel tube wrapped in cushion and bent to swing out of the way when the child needs to be removed from the chair or when not in use can be removed with the ipad holder attached on a adjustable swivel for easier use ...

As for the stylus this could be attached to the swing arm via a plastic covered cable for safety and a couple of plastic cable ties

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I don't know if the child needs to operate the chair by grabbing the wheels and turning. Unless the swing arm is close in, it might get in the way?

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http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/cat/iPad-Mounts.htm...first off i dont have an ipad but i hope this helps you could use a car mount which can be purchased on the link above with regardes to the stylus you could use a i pad stylus with a hole tie and then tie a string in said hole and then tie the end of said rope to ant bars in the chair

Hiya :)
You know over those "over the bed desks"?? Could you hack one of those so it could be swung to the back of the wheelchair while not in use? Then have the iPad mounted flat somehow?
You also might beable to move the degree of the desk thing so it could be more upright?? I really hope this helps <3

I'm thinking about a goose neck lamp that has the large clips and bendable neck. Could you remove the shade and bulb and add another clasp some how?

There are some wheelchair accessories like a little foldaway tray/table that are on the market from medical supplies. If you need to have the height adjustable to be higher up to read, maybe modding some kind of adjustable LCD TV monitor mount on an arm that is attached to the chair. You would have to make an ipad holder to fit the VESA mount(4mm screws, I think).

They sell the retractable thin cord pen holder at office supply places. Or one of those keyring things, attach the stylus to one end.

Good luck. Please let us know what works.

First of all, I don't have an Ipad, but I do have one or two ideas that could help.

Tethering a styles to the machine could be a little tricky as there appears to be no tethering hole. The best idea that I can come up with at the moment is to use a cut-off headphone cable and use the jack as the endpoint.

The other is to use a small suction cup on the back.

As for the machine attaching to the chair you could consider using some form of cantilevered lamp arm, similar to the anglepoise lamp. These also come with clamps attached. You could use some kind of gooseneck, like microphone stands have, but i'm not sure it will be strong enough.

I would suggest also asking at the hackedgadgets.com forum, as this is exactly the sort of thing they are after. People on there can be more creative on "thinking outside the box".

I wish you all the luck in the world