Hands-free, wireless control for people with limited mobility

Komodo OpenLab, a company based in Toronto, Canada, released a new device that lets severely paralyzed people operate Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, as well as other devices, using standard accessibility tools such as sip and puff controllers, buttons, and switches.

MedGadget May 5, 2017

Carolyn Pioro lives with a C4 spinal cord injury and has been using Tecla since 2011. She is an editor and a writer and uses her iPhone — with Tecla and her wheelchair proximity switches — for work. Komodo OpenLab

The new Tecla-e provides wireless connectivity with the devices it controls, which can also include lights, powered doors, and smart television remotes. Up to eight devices can be connected to a single Tecla-e and anything that can interact with IFTTT can be programmed and activated in smart ways whenever they’re on the same WiFi network.

The device can be monitored remotely, including providing its location, movement, and the ambient air temperature, so that while a person goes out independently, caretakers can still keep a vigilant eye. This is done via iOS and Android apps provided with the Tecla-e that are used to setup the device, connect it to other devices, and link it to caretakers.

tecla-e: Access Technology Hands-Free. Tecla-e is a cloud-connected assistive device giving people with upper-body mobility impairments the ability to fully access smart devices and technology. Tecla. YouTube Apr 17, 2017

Using accessibility switches they are familiar with like buttons, joysticks, and sip-and-puff controllers or their wheelchair driving controls.

Tecla-e is for anyone who can’t easily use an iOS or Android touchscreen device. This includes those with limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke.

Source MedGadget

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