Some people with e.g. cerebral palsy are unable to use physical controllers such as buttons and joysticks but are still able to make intentional hand movements. HandShake uses a pair of BBC Micro:bits to enable triggers to be sent to switchable communication software to enable speech to be composed. A trigger is sent to the communications device when the participant moves a hand above an adjustable threshold of acceleration.
Augmented and alternative communication
The client plays a guitar and is also visually impaired and a friend had discovered a modified guitar tuner on the internet that had an audible indication using an Arduino micro-controller to interpret the indicators and send sequences of sounds to an earpiece, he asked us to make a similar device.
For many high-tech assistive communication (AAC) users, it is difficult to see when they are composing a message. Two examples are eye gaze users and switch users, where it may not be clear when they are actively preparing speech.
We implemented a system that visually indicates when communication software is being used. This enables a more natural interaction and encourages good communication practice; giving adequate time for composition and respecting personal space. The visual feedback reassures others in the conversation that the AAC user is actively involved.
The Client wears a positive air pressure mask at all times. This makes it difficult for people to hear what she says.
The client is a power wheel chair user who is able to control the chair himself but unable to use his hands for much else.
Child-sized portable voice amplifier for a child with a very soft voice
Keeping it simple – DIY Front Panel Brailling using jewelry findings
Our client was having trouble communicating with those around her. Her low vision and other disabilities made talking and using equipment difficult. The solution, specially developed by Remap, was a dedicated speech communication device.
Aluminium mount with detent pin Tom’s speech therapists were keen that he should have his Communicator with him at all times. The normal arrangement of a shoulder strap meant that he could swing the device, which while he enjoyed doing it, it hardly facilitated its use, and was distracting both to him, his teacher and […]
Client has a communication device consisting of a power pack and touch screen. This needs to be mounted on her wheelchair Brackets were constructed to fit a box section tube on the wheelchair
The client has multiple sclerosis and is no longer able to use his hands and arms. He wishes to continue to use his computer and requires a pointing device. A SmartNav AT system was purchased by the client. This consists of a ‘camera’ fixed at the top of the monitor and a reflective dot fixed […]
An almost blind client, unable to read even large telephone buttons, required a simple dialling system with pre-programmed numbers. The telephone was electrically connected to a commercial pre-programmable speech-recording device mounted in a metal box which houses the control electronics, a speaker and microphone and has eight selector buttons. When the client selects a button […]
The ‘Pathfinder’ is one of the latest type of communicators. It is programmed by the school almost daily for use by the child at home. When placed in the bag supplied for transportation, one or more of the flush faced and touch sensitive switches on the control panel are often inadvertently activated resulting in the […]
The client, a young person, is unable to speak and was being taught to use a communication aid. He needed to use this aid both in his wheelchair and his armchair but the manufacturer did not have any suitable means of fixing it within his limited reach. A suitable platform to hold the device was […]
A quadraplegic client has minimal movement in his left hand and would like to be able to independently switch his phone on/off. The ‘Nudger’ consists of a removable holder that attaches to the wheelchair or bedframe, in a position that allows the on/off microswitch to be ‘nudged’ to function. After successful trials, a Dictaphone (tape […]
Daniel has poor control of his hands, poor neck and upper body strength and is unable to speak. He can only interact via head/eye movement and the limited use of hand operated switches. He needed a switch mounting bracket that could be fitted to his wheelchair headrest, on to which buddy-button head switches could be […]