A COUPLE of switched on twins have a bright idea that’s set to flick one of life’s little problems for good.
Tamworth-based Peta Stamell and twin sister Melanie were both born with dwarfism and standing at just over three feet tall, some of the simplest things in life are a challenge for the ladies.
Melanie, an engineer, and Peta, a graphic designer, have come up with the light switch adapter, a small plastic gadget which helps put light switches in reach for little people.
The pair initiated a Kickstarter campaign to get the product off the ground. While the campaign to raise $3000 was not a success, the Stamell sisters still want to see the product on the market.
The light bulb moment for the product came for the twins after spending a lot of their lives in rental properties across NSW and the ACT.
“Most landlords would say no to any modifications to a property to suit our needs.
“Some would say yes, only if we were prepared to pay for it and pay for the modifications to be removed once we left,” Peta said.
The light switch adapter is a temporary fixture that sits over an existing switch. The invention features an arm that hangs about 30cm down the wall which can be pulled and pushed to operate the switch.
The pair were also keen to push the product for young people to help give them more independence at an early age.
The nifty invention was just the tip of the iceberg for the creative pair who said there were a mountain of challenges faced in their daily lives.
Melanie said her degree in engineering had been very useful for finding remedies to the challenges in her life.
“You learn to triage your problems,” she said