New product for power wheelchairs controls iOS devices

screen shot of switch control on iOS device

PG Drives Technology have announced the introduction of a new device which enables a power wheelchair user to control their iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. It’s called the iDevice Module and can be added to the R-net system. It will allow the power wheelchair user to control their iOS device with the same input device as they use to drive their wheelchair. For example deflecting the joystick forward, backwards, left and right navigates and select icons or menu items.

Also the iDevice Module enables control of an iDevice using the built-in Accessibility options of Switch Control or VoiceOver. So for example turning Switch Control on could enable external switches to be assigned to commonly used functions, such as Select, Home, Previous or Next on the iDevice. iOS 7 based devices have these built-in Accessibility features.

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