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Title: Powered%20Mobility%20and%20Electronic%20Assistive%20Technology


1
Powered Mobility and Electronic Assistive
Technology
2
Overview
  • Introduction
  • Outcomes
  • Power Wheelchair manufacturers
  • What can be controlled
  • Summary

3
Modern power wheelchairs now have the options to
control a PC, mobile phone or other technology
around us
4
Positive outcomes
  • Same input device controls all
  • Reduced number of control devices (mouse, remote
    control units, joysticks, switches etc.)
  • User will not need assistance to gain access to
    other controls and hence more independence
  • Improved ergonomics (no stretching over
    wheelchair tray)
  • Portability
  • Remove the need for a height adjustable table,
    specially designed cut-out in table for PC access
  • Can reduced overall cost of technology solution
    (not always the case)

5
Challenges
  • User may be more efficient at using another input
    devices other than wheelchair control
  • A problem with the power wheelchair may lead to
    loss of control with everything
  • Setup may require user to change original
    joystick on power chair

6
  • Can you setup integrated controls on any power
    chair?
  • Yes, but may need considerable upgrade of
    wheelchair components

7
Power wheelchair manufacturers
  • Invacare (78 of Irish Market)
  • Dynamic controls (majority)
  • PG Drive Technology
  • Sunrise Medical
  • Delphi
  • PG Drive Technology?
  • Drive Medical
  • Dynamic controls
  • PG Drive Technology?
  • Permobil
  • PG Drive Technology
  • Dynamics

8
  • DX
  • DX2
  • Shark (budget)
  • Rhino (scooter)
  • R-series (scooter)
  • R-net
  • VR2 (budget)
  • VSI (budget)
  • S-Drive (scooter)

9
Omni module for PG Drives Technology (r-net only)
Enhanced Display for Sunrise Medical (Delphi
controls)
DX2 REM550 for Dynamic Controls
Easy Rider - Can be used on various chairs
Genie Joystick for Dynamic Controls
Genie for (Dynamic Controls)
10
Proportional
Non-Proportional
Switch
Standard joystick
Sip and puff
Switch array
Finger joystick
Mini joystick
Switch scanner
11
PC access
  • Mouse emulator
  • Infra red
  • Bluetooth
  • Onscreen keyboard
  • Dwell click

12
Environmental control
  • Infra-red
  • TV, music player
  • Door opener
  • Curtain and window opener
  • IR telephone
  • Cable
  • Relays module
  • Communication machine
  • External ECU device

13
Mobile phone control
  • Smart phone with application software
  • Application software enables user to text, dial
    and answer calls
  • E.g. ClickTophone
  • Some mobile phones may have limited access

14
Factors to consider
  • Aesthetics
  • Users ability to access other devices
  • What is involved in the setup
  • How intuitive it is for user
  • Functionality
  • Responsiveness of mouse control
  • Support from manufacturer
  • Cost

15
What is involved in the setup?
  • Unfortunately you cannot just swap a joystick
  • Parameters related to the motors, batteries and
    other modules on the a chair are stored on the
    Joystick
  • New Joystick comes with a generic setup
  • Requires a PC with software and special cable to
    set up
  • Typically a technician and therapist may be
    involved

16
Summary
  • Integration of powered wheelchair and AT enables
    the user to have control of their environment and
    their power wheelchair using the one input device
  • Most power wheelchairs can be setup to integrate
    with other assistive technology
  • Needs a level expertise and specialist tools to
    setup
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