Simple switches are commonly used by people with a variety of debilitating diseases to control all kinds of devices. Some of them are even able to do serious science through the seemingly limited medium of a switch (see Stephen Hawking).
RSLSteeper, a Leeds, UK based maker of assistive products famous on these pages for its bebionic prosthetic hand, just released a new device to help seriously disabled folks use Apple iOS devices via a switch. The pererro is a little dongle that connects to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and makes the touchscreen device respond to commands coming from a switch. It works with any VoiceOver app and accepts just about any switch commonly used in the industry via its 3.5mm audio jack.
Features from the product page:
- Works with almost any VoiceOver enabled app
- Plug & Play
- Two scan modes; Auto Increment & Press to Increment, enabling you to continue using your preferred scanning method
- Direct input so no Bluetooth battery drain
- Powers directly from your device
- 3.5mm mono jack socket for universal switch input
- ‘Charge through’ ability to charge your device without disconnecting
- Just 30 × 28 × 9 mm
Product page: pererro…
Press release: RSLSteeper launches Pererro