Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Computers in bed?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Computers in bed?

    I would like to work using a computer in bed. I have full use of my hands. What's a good solution?

    Some thoughts:

    I was thinking of a laptop (probably a MacBook Pro) but I would be concerned about burns if it gets hot, about how easy it would be to see and operate as well. There are little stands for laptops to use in bed but I am not sure if they are really that safe or or usable for someone who cannot feel if there is a problem.

    I was also thinking of using a wall-mounted monitor as well as a separate wireless keyboard and mouse, and connecting these to a desktop computer. I'm not too sure again how easy this really is to use in bed.

    Any ideas?

    #2
    Full use of hands means para not quad I assume. Get a laptop, I use mine in bed all the time. As for heat/burns wear pants you and you will be fine. If you are using your laptop for something that requires your pants to be off, well then you will make the baby jesus cry. But maybe put the laptop on a towel or something.

    Comment


      #3
      I fold my adjustable bed up all the way and use the Lapp Topper tray with my MacBook Pro daily.
      Life's perceived journey in this PMR is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy **** what a VR ride!"
      Pete C6/'97

      Comment


        #4
        I place my Mac Book on my belly in bed. I put a cloth between the computer and my skin. No burns. The backlit keys make seeing them from an angle easy.
        .
        "If ya don't have it in the hips, ya better have it in the lips..." ~ Charlie - Villa Dulce

        Comment


          #5
          http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_5funyco8u3_b

          Comment


            #6
            What about using a normal-size monitor and keyboard, in bed? For certain applications I would prefer a large monitor. Has anyone used this kind of thing successfully or should I just use a laptop?

            Comment


              #7
              I use a macbook pro with this stand:
              http://www.amazon.com/FURINNO-Adjust...stands+for+bed

              Comment


                #8
                I use my 51in tv (mounted on the wall) as a monitor.. I use Smartnav for my cursor and dwell clicker for my mouse functions.. I'm a quad so I need more adaptive equipment..

                Comment


                  #9
                  MacBook Air won't make your arms fall off

                  Originally posted by t8burst View Post
                  If you are using your laptop for something that requires your pants to be off, well then you will make the baby jesus cry.
                  I have an old MBP with a WinVidia that only ever worked properly in Windows 7 on bare metal via BOOTCAMP. Runs hot in OSX and GNU/Linux with Nouveau and neither can detect external VGA via the Apple Mini Display Port dongle. Use DVI dongle even though KVM is VGA. I also have to select DVI on monitor. I try not to use it on battery.

                  My wife has a MBA with Intel graphics and it is much lighter and cooler. Being Mac you can install Fink unlike iPad. Having SSD you can run it in any position and move it while running. Wish I got an MBA (MacBook Air). Has good battery life.

                  Over bed tilting table (now part of my late father's estate) and tilting bed? I tried to use the brick lying down and get sore arms or sit on edge and get sore back. Now VNC in using iPad.
                  http://zagam.net/

                  Comment


                    #10
                    Laptops are notorious for overheating especially when used in bed on top of your covers that's why its best to have it sitting on a piece of wood/tray or a little table.
                    You can also nowbuy usb powered coolers which the laptop sits on and it blows coolair underneath.
                    When you have the laptop sitting on the covers or a cloth/towel to stop youself getting burnt you are actually blocking the vents underneath which are blowing out the hot air.
                    Also heard on the news recently that the burns sustained from laptops (usually on your lap) can turn cancerous so be careful and never put it on your bare lap and always assure that adequate ventilation is getting underneath.

                    Comment


                      #11
                      I agree about setting laptops on something soft to prevent the heat from your skin is going to cause problems with heat building up. And long term low heat from laptops can also cause this condition called toasted skin syndrome.

                      I use a cheap solution currently, but if money wasn't a concern I'd use a regular adjustable bed laptop table. But what I use now is a mesh back support that I bought from Dollar Tree for a buck. I originally bought it for use driving, thinking it would provide lumbar support and also more breathability so my lower back didn't get sweaty. Didn't work so well, and I don't remember when I first tried but I had it in my bedroom and stuck my laptop on top of it. The mesh prevents the heat from building up, and it also holds it at a bit of an angle which is nice for using the keyboard. As I move around, I can put it on top of my lap over the covers (but wouldn't recommend this for a para, I don't know if it might cause too much pressure), put it to the left or right side of me as I'm propped and angled slightly with pillows, or set it up in the middle of the bed and lay back to watch a movie on it. I also have a habit of breaking my power cords from use in bed, and using a stand helps decrease that for me.
                      Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

                      I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

                      Comment


                        #12
                        I use a bedside table for the laptop, a good headset to type and work with Dragon and I use a trackball on a book or something to keep it level on the right side. It's a great trackball. It's a Logitech with the ball in the middle of a kind of pointy trackball and I have the mouse buttons reversed so it's easy for me to just tilt my right hand to click on the mouse.
                        Here's the mouse:
                        http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/trackman-marble
                        Here is the voice recognition headset I use
                        http://shop.andreaelectronics.com/nc...aural-headset/
                        And I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to do all my typing unless it's little stuff that I just use the on screen keyboard
                        http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
                        C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                        Scottsdale, AZ

                        Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

                        Comment


                          #13
                          I am a C5/6 quad and have been using my computer/HTPC in bed for 25 years. The best solution I have found is to use a hospital style over bed table. Besides holding the laptop or keyboard, it is nice to have a drink, snack, or telephone within easy reach. Of course, that is providing you have a motorized bed that will raise you into a sitting position.

                          I also use 2 TV/monitors, I have a 32 inch on the ceiling above my bed, and a 55 inch on the wall across from the foot of the bed. To control everything, I use the voice recognition program that comes with Windows 7, and a CAD U2 USB headset.

                          When away from home I use a lap table to place the laptop on.

                          Comment


                            #14
                            I have a lock tray and put my iPad on top of that. You could just as well put a laptop on it. I sleep with it on my lap. You can also use a type of stand that goes over your lap. I have a Tempur-pedic adjustable bed that I can sit when I want to be on it. For instance I am on it right now setting up the bed. The computer lap tray I use I bought from Brookston for about $50

                            Comment

                            Working...
                            X