Introducing the FrankenKindle (video)

One industrious Kindle owner has hacked together a new accessible Kindle design. Ben Heck, eat your heart out.

The FrankenKindle was created for the hacker’s sister, who is suffering from Cerebral Palsy. It uses several custom circuit boards, a sliced and diced Kindle, and buttons which were ripped from an educational toy.

I’d call it an ugly design but it works; function trumps form any day. Also, this is just the first prototype. His sister hasn’t even tried it yet. The hacker plans to refine the design based on her experiences as well as clean up the exposed boards, dangling cables, and other issues.

BreadBoard Confessions via Make

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Heleen24 August, 2011

    Very clever! I really hope his sister will enjoy hours of reading pleasure with her brothers amazing invention!

  2. Man rigs special Kindle controls for sister with cerebral palsy24 August, 2011

    […] out of time today and Nate at The Digital Reader just posted about it, too, so I’ll point you there instead. (His is also the only other post I can find that bothered to link to the actual source […]


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