ACC546 Speech Generating and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices

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These accessories allow individuals with speech, physical or cognitive impairments to use alternative forms of communication to make a call, send a message or use social media. Some devices have 3G capabilities while others can connect to your mobile via Bluetooth, allowing you to use AAC to send text messages or speech synthesised voice over a phone call. Each accessory offers different variations in how the speech in generated, ranging from visual inputs to eye gaze control, with some allowing you to receive the audio of the call through the speakers on the communication board.

Each accessory has different features that will suit various needs; please consult your health care professional and the accessory provider for further information on which type is most suitable for your requirements. Additionally, while there are many versions of these accessories available on the market, we have only included a few versions which are recognised as being used for mobile communication purposes.

Type of accessory: Communication Boards

Communication Boards

How do you use these accessories?

Each accessory allows for different forms of communication, speech generation, and typing. They will connect to the Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities or your mobile device via Bluetooth and allow you to make a call using a synthesised voice or send a text that is translated from an alternative form of communication, such as visual inputs.

These accessories connect to phones via:

Audio Jack:    No
Bluetooth:      Yes
Wi-Fi:               No
Micro USB:     No
Other:             No

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

No, most accessories will work directly with a compatible mobile device. However additional equipment can be acquired to improve the features and usability of some accessories.

Compatibility:

Each communication board is compatible with different mobile devices and operating systems. Contact the accessory provider to check which features will work with your device and whether you will be able to make calls.

AAC Devices with Cellular Capability:

1. Jabbla Allora 2

Jabbla Allora 2

The Allora is a keyboard and switch accessible, text to speech, communication device, designed to meet the needs of people that are literate, who have reduced or little ability to speak and whose motor skills require a device that can adapt to change but maintain access for the user.

This device is compatible with a 3G sim card, meaning it can operate as a standalone communication device that can send SMS messages; transfer of data to computer is straight-forward and permits document formatting or printing. It does not allow for phone calls to be made.

It features a detachable display which can be hung around your neck to keep the focus on the user and not the device, adjustable displays and font, additional keyguards, versatile mounting capabilities, and switch/scanning access.

More information at:

Jabbla Allora 2 Web Page
Jabbla Allora 2 User Manual (PDF Download)

You can buy this accessory from Zyteq or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

2. Liberator Rugged 7

Liberator Rugged 7

The Rugged 7 is designed to be a durable, dust and fluid resistant AAC communication device that can be used to generate voice output or send messages. It allows allow individuals with cognitive, physical, and speech impairments to easily engage in daily communication through generated speech. It uses NOVA and LAMP Words for Life Language Software, allowing for alphabet/text, symbol, and visual scene based inputs, and includes Ivona and Acapella voice outputs.

It features a carry handle, attached Bluetooth speakers, and Wi-Fi capabilities. Additionally, a SIM can be purchased so the device can act as a mobile communication device without having to connect to your mobile. You can also use any Android application required, with 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities allowing you to access additional social media and communication platforms to send and receive e-mails, online chat or Skype.

More information at:

Liberator Rugged 7 Web Page
Liberator Device Trials Web Page
Liberator Rugged 7 Quick Reference Guide (PDF Download)

You can buy the Rugged 7 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

 

AAC Devices without Cellular Capability:

1.  Abilia Lightwriter SL50

Abilia Lightwriter SL50

The Lightwriter SL50 is a text-to-speech device for literate users who are unable to communicate effectively through speech. Its key features include:

  • Dual screens to allow both parties to see what you want to say
  • Loud clear speech
  • Simple menu with reduced distracting apps or loading times
  • Small, portable and lightweight for on-the-go use
  • Adjustable keyguards
  • Two switches and keys that light up so that words can be typed and speech generated with limited mobility

This accessory also allows you to connect to your mobile device via Bluetooth to make and receive phone calls on Bluetooth-enabled devices. The Lightwriter SL50 has a built-in microphone, so you can talk and make sounds during the call or use the text and talk functions. The generated speech is received by the caller through the phone and their response is heard through the Lightwriter speakers.

Additionally, for compatible Android mobile phones, you can make and receive text messages through the Lightwriter so you do not need to swap between devices.

For more information:

Abilia Lightwriter SL50 Web Page
Abilia Lightwriter SL50 Video (YouTube)
Lightwriter SL50 Quick Guide (PDF Download)
Lightwriter SL50 User Manual (PDF Download), see pages 23-27 for instructions on making and receiving calls and texts.

You can buy this accessory online from Zyteq.

 

2. Jabbla Mobi 3

Jabbla Mobi 3

The Mobi 3 is a communication device and accessible tablet that is powered Mind Express 4 and Windows 10 and allows users to communicate via text or symbols. Communication can be made directly from person to person, via the internet or by phone through Bluetooth connection.

It features dual switches and two USB outlets, allowing for multiple methods of access including the touch screen, keyguards, and switch access via USB or Bluetooth switches. Additionally, the device can be purchased with the Alea IntelliGaze eye gaze accessory to allow the device to be controlled using eye movements alone.

It is available with a capacitive or resistive touch screen to suit your needs, and a rear and front camera. The Mobi 3 is also compatible with the Grid 3 software at an additional cost.

More information at:

Jabbla Mobi 3 Web Page
Mobi 3 User Manual (PDF Download)

You can buy the Mobi 3 online from Zyteq and the Mobi 3 with IntelliGaze from Zyteq or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

3. Jabbla Tellus i5

Jabbla Tellus i5

The Tellus i5 is a tablet-like device that has an integrated eye-tracking device (EyeTech TM5), allowing individuals with physical impairments to control the device, environment and communicate using only their eyes.

It includes Intel i5 processor and Windows 10 operating system to allow you to use a variety of communication and social media applications. It is designed for multiple methods of access, so the device can be controlled using the touch screen, keyguards, switch access via USB or Bluetooth switches, as well as eye gaze accessories.

Additionally, it is compatible with a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a SIM card allowing you to make phone calls and connect to the internet from the device.

More information at:

Jabbla Tellus i5 Web Page
Tellus i5 User Manual (PDF Download)

You can buy the Grid Pad 12 online from Zyteq or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

4. Liberator Accent Series

Liberator Accent Series

The Accent AAC tablet comes in three models: the Accent 800, Accent 1000, and Accent 1400 varying only in screen size and weight. They come pre-loaded with the NuVoice communication software which offers Unity and LAMP Words for Life page sets, with Essence, EasyChat, WordPower and Grid 3 being optional.

They feature built-in speakers for extra volume, cameras on the front and back, and a carry handle. They are also compatible with alternative access methods such as switching, joystick or mouse options, and NuPoint HeadPointing, with Eye Gaze enabled for the Accent 1000 and Accent 1400.

The Accent devices allow individuals with cognitive, physical, and speech impairments to easily engage in daily communication through generated speech. You can also use any Windows 10 application required, allowing you to access additional social media and communication platforms to send and receive e-mails, online chat or Skype.

More information at:

Liberator Accent Web Page
Liberator Device Trials Web Page
Liberator Device Manuals Web Page

You can buy the Accent 800 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the Accent 1000 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the Accent 1400 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

 

5.  Liberator Chat Fusion Series

Liberator Chat Fusion Series

The Liberator Chat Fusion Series consists of the Chat Fusion 8 and Chat Fusion 10, which differ only in screen size and weight. They are AAC devices that offer multiple access options, wireless charging, and Chat software to help individuals with physical, cognitive, and speech impairments to communicate effectively.

These devices are compatible with multiple access methods including built-in compatibility with keyguards, single or dual switch features, and advanced scanning, as well as the option to add-on ChatPoint HeadPointing to allow for head tracking control. It also features a carry handle, stand, wheelchair mounting plate, and shoulder strap options, as well as wireless charging to ensure individuals with fine motor or vision impairments can place the device on the charging base.

They use NOVA and LAMP Words for Life Language Software, allowing for alphabet/text, symbol, and visual scene based inputs, and includes Ivona and Acapella voice outputs.

These devices use an Android Operating System and have Wi-Fi capabilities allowing users to access any Android application and use additional social media and communication platforms to send and receive e-mails, online chat or Skype.

More information at:

Liberator Chat Fusion Web Page
Liberator Device Trials Web Page
Liberator Chat Fusion 10 Quick Reference Guide (PDF Download)

You can buy the Chat Fusion 8 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the Chat Fusion 10 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

 

6. Liberator NOVA Chat Series

Liberator NOVA Chat Series

The NOVA Chat Series includes four models that vary with screen size and portability. In order of size, these are the Chat 5, Chat 8, Chat 10, and Chat 12. They use the NOVA chat software allowing for alphabet/text, symbol, and visual scene based inputs, and include the Ivona and Acapella voice outputs.

Each model allows for switch scanning access options, with the NOVA chat 8, 10, and 12 also compatible with Keyguards. Additionally, they all have multiple position capabilities and Social Chat options.

These devices allows individuals with cognitive, physical, and speech impairments to easily engage in daily communication through generated speech, as well as effortlessly connect with others via e-mail, text messaging, chat, Skype or through phone calls using Bluetooth technology.

More information at:

Liberator NOVA Chat Web Page
Liberator Device Trials Web Page
Liberator NOVA Chat User Guide (PDF Download)

You can buy the NOVA Chat 5 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the NOVA Chat 8 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the NOVA Chat 10 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the NOVA Chat 12 online from Liberator or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

 

7.     Tobii Dynavox I-110

Tobii Dynavox I 110

The Tobii Dynavox I-110 is a speech generating devices for Augmentative and Alternative Communication needs. It features a purpose-built, ultra-rugged design, Gorilla Glass, naturally intuitive user interface, and an IP54 classification.

It allows individuals with cognitive, physical, and speech impairments to easily engage in daily communication through generated speech, as well as effortlessly connect with others via e-mail, text messaging, chat, Skype or through phone calls using Bluetooth technology.

The I-110 comes with a full range of communication software solutions pre-installed, including Snap™ + Core, so that different levels of communication needs can be met. In particular, emergent communicators will use Snap Scene before moving into symbol-based communication on Snap + Core First to improve speed. Additionally, a literate, independent individual can use the Communicator 5 which provides advanced user functionality

This device can be connected via Bluetooth to your mobile device, allowing you to send or receive calls or texts using synthetic or natural speech. You can also use any Windows 10 application required, allowing you to access additional social media and communication platforms.

The I-110 device supports a range of mobile devices using an Android OS, with a list of tested and approved devices found at Tobii Dynavox FAQ Web Page.

More information at:

Tobii Dynavox I-110 Web Page
Tobii Dynavox I-110 Brochure (PDF Download)

You can buy this accessory online from Link Assistive or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

 

8. Tobii Dynavox Indi Series

Tobii Dynavox Indi Series

The Tobii Dynavox Indi 7 and Tobii-Dynavox Indi 10 are speech generating devices designed to meet all Augmentative and Alternative Communication needs. They are both available with Snap + Core First software, with the main variation being the screen size. They feature built-in speakers for extra volume, cameras on the front and back, and infrared for environmental controls

These devices allow individuals with cognitive, physical, and speech impairments to easily engage in daily communication through generated speech, as well as effortlessly connect with others via e-mail, text messaging, chat or Skype using Bluetooth technology. You can also use any Windows 10 application required, allowing you to access additional social media and communication platforms.

The Indi devices adapt to your access method with numerous compatible inputs, such as add-on switch ports, head-mouse, and touch with keyguards, and so on.

More information at:

Tobii Dynavox Indi 7 Web Page
Tobii Dynavox Indi 10 Web Page
Tobii Dynavox Indi Series Brochure (PDF Download)

You can buy the Indi 7 online from Link Assistive or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the Indi 10 online from Link Assistive or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

 

9. Tobii Dynavox I-Series+

Tobii Dynavox I Series

The Tobii Dynavox I-12+ and Tobii Dynavox I-15+ are speech generating devices that can be controlled through touch, external switches, eye gaze interaction, and more. It allows individuals with cognitive, physical, and speech impairments to easily engage in daily communication through generated speech, as well as effortlessly connect with others via e-mail, text messaging, chat, Skype or through phone calls using Bluetooth technology.

These accessories can be connected via Bluetooth to your mobile device, allowing you to send or receive calls or texts using synthetic or natural speech. You can also use any Windows 7 application required, allowing you to access additional social media and communication platforms. It also features front-facing and back-facing cameras, versatile mounting capabilities, and a scratch resistant touch screen.

The I-Series+ devices support a range of mobile devices using an Android OS, with a list of tested and approved devices found at Tobii Dynavox FAQ Web Page. Further, you can choose to purchase addition eye gaze hardware to allow for communication using only eye movements.

More information at:

Tobii Dynavox I-Series+ Web Page
Tobii Dynavox I-Series+ Product Leaflet (PDF Download)

You can buy this accessory online from Link Assistive or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

 

10.Smartbox Grid Pad Go

Smartbox Grid Pad Go

The Grid Pad Go 8 and Grid Pad Go 10 are Windows 10 tablets operating with Grid 3 software, allowing for AAC communication. They allow for alternative firms of communication and speech generation using Australian Acapela child and adult voices.

These devices can connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (for use with Bluetooth speakers) and can be controlled using the touch screen, keyguards to suit specific needs, switch access via USB or Bluetooth switches, as well as mountable accessories. The devices operate on Windows 10, allowing Windows 10 applications to be downloaded and used, giving access to communication and social media apps.

The Grid 3 software allow users to communicate using given or customised grid sets, and generate messages using symbols, core words or text-to-speech, as well as connect with a mobile phone.

More information at:

Grid Pad Go Instruction Manual (PDF Download)

You can buy the Grid Pad Go 8 online from Zyteq or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

You can buy the Grid Pad Go 10 online from Zyteq or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

11.Smartbox  Grid Pad 12

Smartbox Grid Pad 12

The Grid Pad 12 is a Windows 10 tablet operating with Grid 3 software, allowing for AAC communication. The Grid Pad 12 is compatible with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and features built-in radio, infrared Environment Control, and mountable options.

It is designed for multiple methods of access, so the device can be controlled using the touch screen, keyguards, switch access via USB or Bluetooth switches, as well as eye gaze accessories such as the EyeTech TM5 and Irisbond Duo camera. It includes two built-in ports for switches and a headphone jack.

The Grid Pad 12 operate on Windows 10, allowing Windows 10 applications to be downloaded and used, giving access to communication and social media apps.

The Grid 3 software allows users to communicate using given or customised grid sets, and generate messages using symbols, core words or text-to-speech, as well as connect with a mobile phone.

More information at:

Grid Pad 12 Think Smart Box Web Page
Grid Pad Go User Manual (PDF Download)

You can buy the Grid Pad 12 online from Zyteq or enquire after a hire version from the Independent Living Centre (ILC).

Is there any training available for these accessories?

  • Training and demonstrations might be available directly from retailers.
  • Some of these accessories might be displayed and available for demonstrations at Independent Living Centre Australia or through the providers. Please contact ILC and relevant providers for further information.

 

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These headsets connect directly to hearing aids with telecoil, making it easier to hear on landline phones when both in the home or work environment. To improve the sound quality and comfortability, additional amplifiers and ear cushions can be purchased, depending on your needs and the compatibility of the hearing aid and headset.

Headsets and hearing aids come in various sizes and styles; you should try each headset prior to purchase to ensure they can be positioned around your hearing aid to avoid feedback (whistling) or miscommunication. Additionally, compatibility will vary depending on the style and brand of your hearing aid as well as the telephone system used at home or by your company. For use at work, please contact your IT department or phone contractor to confirm compatibility. If you have any questions about the Telecoil in your hearing aid, cochlear implant processor or BAHA, please contact your hearing device provider for further information.

Type of accessory: Hearing aid accessory

Hearing aid accessory

How do you use these accessories?

Hearing aid compatible headsets can be both corded and cordless

The headset is placed over your hear and ears, ensuring that the ear pads are placed at the top of your ear near your hearing aid microphone or Cochlear Speech Processor microphone. Incorrect positioning can create a feedback or lead to your hearing aids picking up noises in surrounding environment rather than through the headset.

Correct positioning will depend on the size and style of your hearing aid and selected headset.

These accessories connect to phones via:

Audio Jack:       Yes – Might require purchase of connector
Bluetooth:        Yes
Wi-Fi:                 No
Micro USB:       Yes – Might require purchase of connector
Other:                Yes – Standard Telephone Cable Plug. Might require purchase of connector
 

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

Most of these headsets are sold with a standard Quick Disconnect port. Therefore, you will require buying the right cable to connect to the Headset’s Quick Disconnect port and the standard port of your tablet, laptop, mobile phone, etc.

Compatibility:

Compatibility will depend on your hearing aid, selected telephone headset and your business telephone set up. Please contact your hearing aid provider and company IT department to ensure you can use these accessories correctly.

Corded Hearing Aid Compatible Headsets available in Australia:

1. Plantronics EncorePro 500 Series

These headset series balances all-day comfort, superior noise-cancelling and long-term reliability in four available models. They use SoundGuard technology to protect from noise spikes, meet Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements and work with Telecoil enabled hearing aids.

The EncorePro 500 Series are available as both Monoaural (one ear) and Binaural (two ears) wearing styles.

These headsets are sold with a Quick Disconnect port. For use with a landline phone, a mobile phone or a laptop/tablet you will need to purchase the appropriate Plantronics Quick Disconnect Cable.

For more information see the Plantronics Hearing Aid Compatible Headset List and the Plantronics Compatibility database

a. EncorePro Voice Tube Headset

EncorePro Voice Tube Headset

The EncorePro Voice Tub headset uses a compact Voice Tube microphone and hearing aid compatible speakers, to work directly with tele-coil hearing aids. It is available in both a Monaural (HW510V) and Binaural (HW520V) wearing style.

The Voice Tube and Monaural wearing style is more effective in a quiet work environment, while the Binaural offers slight protection from external noises thus improving hearing outcome.

You can buy the HW510V with a Monaural wearing style from Simply Headsets, OfficeLife, HeadsetWorld and HeadsetsOnline.

You can buy the HW520V with a Binaural wearing style from Simply Headsets, HeadsetWorld and Headsets Only.

See above for the required Quick Disconnect cables.

b. EncorePro Noise Cancelling Headset

EncorePro Noise Cancelling Headset

The EncorePro Noise Cancelling Headset uses a compact Noise Cancelling microphone and hearing aid compatible speakers, to work directly with tele-coil hearing aids. The Noise Cancelling microphone blocks out unwanted external noise, ideal for noise office or call centre environments.

This accessory is available in both a Monaural (HW510) and Binaural (HW520) wearing style, with the HW520 offering two speakers and more inclusive protection from external noises, ideal for noise office or call centre environments.

You can buy the HW510 with a Monaural wearing style from Simply Headsets, OfficeLife, HeadsetWorld and Headsets Only.

You can buy the HW520 with a Binaural wearing style from Simply Headsets, OfficeLife, HeadsetWorld and Headsets Only.

See above for the required Quick Disconnect cables.

 

2. Jabra GN2120 Noise Cancelling Telecoil Headset

Jabra GN2120 Noise Cancelling Telecoil Headset

The Jabra GN2100 Telecoil is equipped with a hearing aid-compatible telecoil that is fitted to the plain side of the earpiece. The telecoil cancels out surrounding background sound while heightening the sound quality from the telephone. This gives hearing aid users clearer, crisper phone conversations that are free from interference from background noise.

It features a noise-cancelling microphone and is available in both Binaural (GN2125) and Monaural (GN2120) wearing styles, depending on your require noise cancellation.

These headsets are sold with a Quick Disconnect port. For use with a landline phone or to plug into your mobile or tablet, you will need to purchase the appropriate Jabra Quick Disconnect Cable.

More information at: Jabra GN2100 series Web Page

You can buy the GN2120 with a Monaural wearing style from Jabra, Simply Headsets and Headsets online.

You can buy the GN2125 with a Binaural wearing style from Jabra and Simply Headsets.

 

3. Plantronics EncorePro 500 USB Series – USB Connection only.

Plantronics EncorePro 500 USB Series USB Connection only

The Plantronics EncorePro 500 USB series combines all-day comfort, advanced audio processing and an enhanced noise-cancelling microphone, with the addition of built-in call control. These headsets meet the Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements and work with tele-coil enabled hearing aids.

It features a built-in call management button to easily answer, end, mute and change the volume of a call, as well as USB connectivity to connect to your PC or desktop.

This series comes in four models, including two over-the-head models: the EncorePro 515 with Monaural wearing style and the EncorePro 525 with a Stereo or Binaural wearing style. It is also available as the EncorePro 535 which is an over-the-ear, monaural style headset and as the EncorePro 545 convertible, monaural style. Each model offers noise calling microphone, with the stereo wearing style providing greater protection from external sounds.

More information at: Plantronics EncorePro 500 Series Web Page and the EncorePro 500 Series Product Sheet (PDF Download).

You can buy the EncorePro 515 from Simply Headsets, BTC Direct and Telrex.

You can buy the EncorePro 525 from Simply Headsets and Telrex.

 

4. Plantronics Blackwire 5200 Series – Mobile, Tablet and Computer Connection.

Plantronics Blackwire 5200 Series Mobile Tablet and Computer Connection

The Pantronics Blackwire 5200 series features a noise-cancelling microphone, built-in call control and advanced connectivity that allows you to work on a variety of devices using either USB or USB-C and a 3.5 mm connectivity. These headsets meet the Hearing Aid Compatibility Requirements and work with tele-coil enabled hearing aids.

It features a built-in call management button to easily answer, end, mute and change the volume of a call, as well as USB or USB-C connectivity to connect to your PC or desktop and 3.5 mm to connect to mobile or tablet devices.

This accessory is available in both a Monaural (5210) and Stereo (5220) wearing style, with the 5220 offering two speakers and more inclusive protection from external noises, ideal for noise office or call centre environments.

More information at: Plantronics Blackwire 5200 Series Web Page and the Blackwire 5200 "How To" Video (Youtube).

You can buy the Blackwire 5210 from Simply Headsets, OfficeLife and The Headset Shop.

You can buy the Blackwire 5220 from Simply Headsets, OfficeLife and The Headset Shop.

 

Cordless Hearing Aid Compatible Headsets available in Australia:

1. SAVI 8200 Series – Bluetooth enabled landlines, cordless, computers, mobiles and tablets.

SAVI 8200 Series Bluetooth enabled landlines cordless computers mobiles and tablets

The Plantronics Savi 8200 series offers a wireless and hearing aid compatible, listening experience in two headset styles – dual ear (Savi 8220) and single ear (8210). They are designed to work with a desk phone, computer and mobile phone simultaneously (providing each item has compatible Bluetooth technology), allowing you to easily switch between devices. These devices are connected via Bluetooth to the base unit of the headset, offering wireless freedom up to 180m.

The headsets include noise-cancelling speakers to filter out background noise, as well as a noise-cancelling microphone.

More information at: Plantronics Savi 8200 Series Web Page and the Savi 8200 How To Video (YouTube)

You can buy the Savi8210 with a Monaural wearing style from Simply Headsets, BTC Direct and OfficeLife.

You can buy the Savi8220 with a Binaural wearing style from Simply Headsets, BTC Direct and OfficeLife.

Is there any training available for these accessories?

Training and demonstrations might be available directly from retailers.

Some of these accessories might be displayed and available for demonstrations at Independent Living Centre Australia. Please contact ILC for further information.

 

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These accessories allow you to connect your tablet to an external switch or assistive mouse to navigate the screen in a way that suits your needs. This may be helpful for people who might struggle to tap or swipe on a tablet’s touchscreen.

These accessories are designed for specific brands of tablet – Apple, Android, Microsoft, and so on – and will be compatible with different assistive mouse accessories. Please check with your provider regarding the compatibility with your device.

Type of accessory: Assistive Mouse Adapters

Assistive Mouse Adapters

How do you use these accessories?

Connect your mouse adapter to your tablet via Bluetooth or USB port and then to your chosen assistive mouse. For some accessories this will activate a touch pointer on the screen for you to control, while other will highlight or scan items on the screen for you to select. The accessories are designed to connect your device to various assistive technologies, reduce the effect of hand tremors, and allow for an improved control of your tablet.

*iPads using iOS 13 and up, allow you to connect any Bluetooth or USB mouse to your iPad directly (without the need of a mouse adaptor) thanks to the Assistive Touch feature, which works like a pointer on your touchscreen.

For more information on using an assistive mouse with your iPad see: AbleNet “Intro to Mouse Support iPad and iPhone Video” (YouTube).

Many tablets operating Android and Microsoft operating systems have built-in capabilities to connect to a mouse or assistive mouse technology, and may only require a switch interface to allow for more control with limited mobility.

These accessories connect to phones via:

Audio Jack:    No
Bluetooth:      Yes
Wi-Fi:               No
Micro USB:     Yes
Other:             No
 

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

Some accessories will require an adapter to connect a USB to the lightning (connector) used by most Apple devices. Other than this you will only require an assistive mouse that suits your needs.

Compatibility:

Compatibility will depend on the adapter selected, the tablet brand and edition, and the operating system it is using. Please check with providers to ensure compatibility before purchasing.

Assistive Mouse Adapters available in Australia:

1. AMAneo BTi

AMAneo BTi

The AMAneo BTi allows individuals with physical disabilities to operate an iPad or iPhone with any mouse or assistive mouse including track ball, joystick, head mouse, thumb mouse and more. The AMAneo BTi connects to your device via Bluetooth and enables a touch pointer to appear on the device screen, allowing you to navigate the screen and interact with a mouse.

The AMAneo features an Anti-Tremor feature that filters the shaking of the hand or head to ensure the on-screen touch pointer moves smoothly. You can change the control settings so that each button on the mouse or assistive mouse corresponds to a different action.

Examples of key mouse control features include:

  • Left click – open Apps or web browser
  • Click and drag – move between screens and within applications that support click and drag
  • Right click – open the Assistive Touch Menu and provide instant access to several iOS controls including volume control, screen rotation and the home button.
  • Click delay – mouse clicks will only activate after a set amount of time has passed
  • Auto click – left click automatically if the mouse remains at the same point for a set amount of time.

Additionally, there are two switch ports allowing you to connect two external switches to operate the left and right mouse buttons and enable the above features without being able to control a mouse.

More information at:

Inclusive Technology AMAneo BTi Web Page

Quha AMAneo BTi iPad Adapter Web Page

Quha AMAneo BTi “Getting Started” Video (YouTube)

Inclusive Technology AMAneo BTi User Guide (PDF Download)

You can buy this accessory online from Spectronics.

 

2. AMAneo USB

AMAneo USB

The AMAneo USB is an assistive anti-tremor mouse adapter that helps individuals with physical disabilities to control a tablet device using a mouse or assistive mouse device. The anti-tremor feature ensures that the pointer on the display moves smoothly, with an option to adjust the intensity of the tremor filter.

This accessory requires your tablet device to have a USB port. It is recommended for PC or tablet devices that offer a USB access port and operate using a Windows or Android OS.

More information at: Inclusive Technology AMAneo Anti-tremor Web Page

You can buy this accessory online from Spectronics.

Is there any training available for these accessories?

  • Training and demonstrations might be available directly from retailers.
  • Some of these accessories might be displayed and available for demonstrations at Independent Living Centre Australia or Spectronics. Please contact these organisations for further information.


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Phones and Tablet Mount Systems for Wheelchairs

A mount system is a group of elements that can be assembled together to securely hold your phone or tablet to the wheelchair in a position that is accessible for you.

Type of accessory: Mounting Devices

 

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How do you use these accessories?

Phones and Tablet Mount Systems are assembled on your wheelchair, sometimes based on the recommendations of your occupational therapist or accessibility consultant. Once the mount system is installed, a phone or tablet can be secured to the mount so you can start using it.

Mount Systems are usually assembled from different parts, including phone and tablet grips or cradles, supporting arms or goosenecks, and clamps and other elements that secure the mount to the wheelchair. The combination of those elements will determine the right system for you; therefore we recommend consulting with an expert before attempting to purchase any of those elements.

Phone and Tablet Mounts Brands Available in Australia:

Phone and tablet mounts are a common accessory available from many wheelchair retailers in Australia. However, not all retailers advertise or sell these products on their websites. Some retailers that confirmed to us that they sell wheelchair mounts are: Paragon Mobility, TAD, Total Mobility, AidaCare, Active Mobility, Magic Mobility, Mobility Wholesale Distributors, GTK Active Wear, Pride Mobility, Specialized Wheelchair CompanySunrise Medical, Breeze Mobility and Permobil among other retailers.

1.     RAM Mounts

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RAM® Mounts is a leading manufacturer of rugged and versatile mounting systems, protective cases, and docking solutions for phones, tablets, GPS units, cameras, laptops and other mobile devices that can be attached nearly anywhere.

Ram offers a choice of 3 mounting solutions to fit 2 different types of device holders (grips).

Ram wheelchair mounts are:

  • Leg Rail Mounts
  • Set Track Mounts
  • Armrest mounts

Ram device holders (grips) are:

  • RAM X-Grip for Tablets
  • RAM X-Grip for Phones

Further information at: RAM Mounts for Wheelchairs

You can buy these products from Breeze Mobility, Magic Mobility and Permobil among other retailers.

2.     Therafin Wheelchair Mounts

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Therafin Corporation manufactures and sells rehabilitation and home health care products through a network of dealers and distributors since 1968.

Therafin offers 5 different wheelchair mounting solutions to fit 3 different device holding choices.

Therafin Mounts are:

  • Frame Mount attaches to vertical frame member
  • Armrest Mount attaches between arm pad and armrest tube
  • Tray Mount attaches to tray surface with suction cup
  • Seat Cushion Mount attaches between a seat sling and the cushion, using hook and loop
  • Channel Mount attaches to channel (track) on the armrest, back or seat of a Permobil Corpus 3G® or Pride Quantum TB3® chair.

Therafin device holders are:

  • iPad Mounts
  • Tablet Mounts
  • Phone Mounts

Further information at: Therafin Communication Device Mounts Webpage

You can buy these products from Paragon Mobility.

3.     Stealth Products LLC

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Stealth is a U.S. manufacturer with years of experience in the rehab market. Launched in 1999, Stealth Products began in response to a need for versatile, high quality head and neck positioning systems, as well as switch site location hardware.

Stealth offers a range of mounts for tablets and phones, and also provides mounts that are designed to be compatible with Permobil, Invacare and Quantum power wheelchairs.

Stealth mounts provide 2 main mount systems:

  • Universal Armrest Tablet Mount
  • Small Devices Universal Mount

Both mount systems utilize RAM phone and tablet grips.

Further information at Stealth Products Mounting Solutions Website

You can buy these products from Pride Mobility Australia

4.     Daessy Mount Systems

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The DAESSY Mounting System is a component based system that allows for customization and limitless configurations to meet mounting needs.

The core elements of the DAESSY Mounting System are the Standard DAESSY Wheelchair Mounts, the Desk Mounts and DAESSY Rolling Mounts. These mounts are available in a standard configuration, or can be modified with common variations, component substitutions or additions for more customization at the user level.

Each of the standard DAESSY Wheelchair Mounting Assemblies has unique features and limitations. The choice of appropriate mount assembly for a specific situation depends on various factors the style of wheelchair (manual, power, tilting), the type of device to be mounted, and the requirements of the user.

More information at: Daessy Website

You can buy these products from Communicate AT and Technical Solutions Australia 

5.     REHAdapt Monty 3D Wheelchair mounts

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The Monty 3D Wheelchair Mounts consist of aircraft-grade aluminium tubes with outstanding mechanical properties and are perfectly round. That precision translates into maximum clamping force. Rehadapt’s signature tube joints allow for full 360° adjustment in all dimensions.

The mount can easily be swivelled into three positions (operation, transfer and parking) to allow the user in and out of the wheelchair. The universal device socket (UDS) includes a quick release system which allows for the safe device attachment within seconds.

REHAdapt Monty 3D provides the following mounting types:

  • Standard Mounts: Three-tube solutions for most wheelchairs.
  • Eye Control Mounts: Double tubes for more rigidity at higher load.
  • Fold Down Mounts: Folding mount for easy exiting and parking.
  • Short Mounts: Short mounting length ideal for children’s wheelchairs.
  • Curved Mounts: For extra offset without joints.

More information at REHAdapt Monty3D Wheelchair Mounts Website

You can buy these products from Link-AT Assistive Technology and Communicate AT.

6.     Mount’n Mover Mounts

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The Mount'n Mover mounting systems provide versatile and accessible mounting solutions for devices and trays on wheelchairs, tables, beds, or floor stands. For wheelchairs, the Mount’n Mover website has a convenient list of wheelchair models so you can find the correct hardware combinations specific to your individual setup.

Mount’n Mover also offers a new range of power mounts, which are motorized mounting systems, making it possible for anyone to move their mount with the flick of a switch.

Mount’n Mover offers the following models:

  • Dual Arm
  • Single Arm
  • Tilt’n Turner
  • Easy Mover Single Arm with Quick Connect or Tilt Plate
  • Easy Mover Dual Arm with Quick Connect or Tilt Plate
  • Simple Mount Small
  • Simple Mount Large.  

More information at Mount’n Mover Website

You can buy these products from Communicate AT 

7.     AbleNet  Mounting Kits

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AbleNet manufactures a number of universal mounting kits that can fit a number of wheelchairs in the market. These kits can be used for phones, tablets and switches.

AbleNet range of mounts includes:

Further information at AbleNet Mounting Solutions Website

You can buy these products from Spectronics

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Touch Screen Stylus

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Styluses are devices designed to interact with the touch screen of your device in the same way as your fingers do, but allowing greater precision. Adaptive Styluses allow users with different mobility impairments to access their devices in order to “write” on the touch screen as if they are writing on paper, allowing for input of handwriting, drawings, and other gestures.

Note: Accessories shown in this document come from international suppliers and their prices may be displayed in their local currency.

Type of accessory: Prosthetic accessories

Prosthetic accessories

How do you use these accessories?

Hold or secure your adaptive stylus depending on the model you have and place the tip of the stylus to the screen to select, write and draw among other functions.

These accessories vary in shape, size, and required pressure to suit your mobility needs and control.

These accessories connect to phones or tablets via:

Audio Jack:     No
Bluetooth:      No
Wi-Fi:               No
Micro USB:     No
Other:              No

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone or tablet?

No, if the material used for the tip of the stylus is compatible with the touch screen of your device then you should not need anything else.

 

Compatibility:

Styluses are designed to work with specific types of touchscreens. Please check compatibility with your supplier before purchasing.

Touch Screen Adaptive Stylus available:

1.    Limitless Stylus

Limitless Stylus

The Limitless Stylus is designed to wrap around the users wrist with two Velcro straps allowing users with limited hand mobility to control touch screen devices. The stylus is angled perfectly to fit the contours of the user's hand and has been designed for long term use and optimal comfort.

More information at: Limitless Stylus.

You can buy this accessory through an online quote request at Limitless Stylus.

2.    Shapedad Steady Stylus

Shapedad Steady Stylus

The Steady Stylus works for people who have difficulties holding an object like a pen, but who are able to firmly grasp something with their hand.

Key features include:

  • T-shaped stylus for tablet and smartphones
  • Aluminium pointer with a conductive fabric wrapped around the tip
  • Available in regular (adult) and mini (kids) sizes
  • No pressure or drag is required
  • Handle is 100 mm wide

More information at: Independent Living Centre Web page

You can buy this accessory online at Etsy.

3.    Shapedad Strap Stylus

Shapedad Strap Stylus

The Strap Stylus is a stylus that can be strapped onto the hand and used to control your touch screen. It is available in a regular or ShapeIt model. The regular model is a pen stylus which can be strapped to your hand, while the ShapeIt model can be moulded to suit your needs. You can change its shape over and over again to ensure the best angle and control.

More information at: Independent Living Centre Web Page

You can buy this accessory online at Etsy.

4.    Shapedad Finger Stylus

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The Finger Stylus can be adjusted to fit around a finger and be used to access capacitive touch screens. The stylus can be bent according to the required position to access the screen. It is made from aluminium, foam, conductive fabric and rubber.

More information at: Independent Living Centre Web Page

You can buy this accessory online at Etsy.

5.    Shapedad Mouth stick Stylus

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The Mouth stick Stylus is a lightweight bendable mouth stick stylus for smartphone and tablet devices. It is available in three models: regular, pro, and lite, with each model containing the stick, a conductive tip, and a different style mouthpiece.

More information at: Assistive Technology Australia Web Page

You can buy this accessory online at Etsy.

Disclaimer:

Some of these accessories are only available from international suppliers. Therefore prices, dimensions, and standards will be based on international interpretations

Always check that the stylus you intend to purchase is compatible with your tablet or smartphone.

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Phone alert systems provide alerts via loud sounds, bright strobe lights; and/or strong vibrations that help notify deafblind persons and persons with visual impairment, hearing disabilities and cognitive disabilities of incoming and missed calls and messages.

These accessories might be helpful for persons with limited mobility as in some cases it can provide alerts for numerous devices around the home from one device

Type of accessory: Phone alert systems

Image Of Phone Alert Systems for Landline Phones

How do you use these accessories?

Connect the phone alert system with your landline phone. Plug in any additional accessories or sensors and customise the alarm, vibration and light notification settings to your preference.

These accessories connect to phones via:

Audio Jack:    No
Bluetooth:      Yes
Wi-Fi:               No
Micro USB:     No
Other:             Yes - landline telephone cord

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

No, it does not require any additional equipment to connect or work properly with a landline phone.

Compatibility:

These phone alert systems are compatible with landline telephones. Some are compatible with landline phones with Bluetooth capabilities.

Popular Phone Alert Systems available in Australia:

1. Serene Innovations RF-105 RingMaster Telephone Ringer – landline

Serene Innovations RF 105 RingMaster Telephone Ringer for landlines

This loud ringer connects to your home telephone line and will alert you to the phone ringing with loud sound and light.

Features:
  • Flashing light and loud ringer.
  • You can add a vibrating bed shaker.
  • Compatible with landline phones.

You can buy this accessory from:  Phoenix Hearing (requires sign in or sign up to view product range).


2. Bellman & Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Portable Receiver – landline

Bellman Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Portable Receiver for landlines

The Bellman Visit Telephone transmitter and Portable Receiver work together to ensure you never miss an incoming telephone call. The installation is extremely easy; simply plug the telephone transmitter into the telephone socket.

When there is an incoming call, the telephone transmitter sends a radio signal to the Bellman Visit Portable Receiver(s) to notify you with a loud sound signal and a bright light. It’s easy to use and wireless, so you can bring it around your home, out on the balcony or yard.

The Portable receiver has an optimised sound frequency and an adjustable sound level ranging from 0 dB up to 90 dB.

Features:
  • Loud ringer (and a small flashing light).
  • Compatible with landlines.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Telephone Transmitter with Portable Receiver Webpage



3. Bellman & Symfon Telephone Ringer – landline

Bellman Symfon Telephone Ringer for landlines

The Bellman Ringer will alert you with a powerful sound signal and a small LED indication when the telephone rings. You can easily adjust the ring volume, tone and sound pattern to suit your individual needs. It simply plugs into your telephone line.

Features:
  • Loud ringer.
  • Compatible with landlines.

Available at: ClearaSound and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Telephone Ringer Webpage

4. Telstra Extension Ringer / General Purpose Alarm – landline

Telstra Extension Ringer General Purpose Alarm for landlines

The Extension Ringer / General Purpose Alarm is an auxiliary telephone ringer that can be installed in conjunction with your standard telephone to provide additional ring volume for people with a hearing impairment.

It allows you to adjust the ring pitch and volume, and it can be plugged into any socket, no batteries or mains power required on the current model.

Features:
  • Loud ringer.
  • Compatible with landline phones.

This accessory is available under Telstra’s Disability Equipment Program, you need to:

  • Have a disability or impairment that means you're unable to use a standard telephone handset
  • Be a Telstra retail customer or an associate of a Telstra retail customer (eg. a household member or small business employee) that has a basic phone line service and rents a phone from Telstra.

More information at:

Telstra Disability Equipment Web Page
Telstra Disability Equipment Brochure (Download)


5. Serene Innovations CentralAlert Wireless Tabletop Home Notification System CA-360 – landline

Serene Innovations CentralAlert Wireless Tabletop Home Notification System CA 360 for landlines

This home notification system gives instant alerts for incoming landline phone calls and doorbell rings, and comes with a built-in alarm clock. Its alerts include a bright flashing light, adjustable alarm sounds, large onscreen icons and a vibrating bed shaker. The device can be linked to two landline phone lines and has a range of up to 60 metres. It can be paired with a smartphone to provide alerts for calls and messages via the Serene Innovations CA-CX.

Features:
  • Flashing light, loud ringer and vibrating bed shaker.
  • Compatible with landline phones, requires additional accessory for mobile phones.

You can buy this accessory from Phoenix Hearing (requires sign in or sign up to view product range).

More information on:

Home Notification System CA-360 Phoenix Australia
Home Notification System CA-360 USA Manufacturer's Webpage
Home Notifications System CA-360 User Manual (PDF Download)
Home Notification System Video Tutorials

 

6. Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Phone Signaller SBT425ss – landline

Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Phone Signaller SBT425ss for landlines

This alarm clock features an extra loud alarm, flashing lights and a vibrating bed shaker that signal incoming telephone calls or programmed alarms. The alarm has volume and tone controls and can reach 113dB, and the lights and vibrator can be adjusted to preference. This accessory can only be paired with a landline, not a mobile phone.

Features:

  • Flashing light, loud ringer and vibrating bed shaker.
  • Compatible with landline phones.

You can buy this accessory from Phoenix Hearing (requires sign in or sign up to view product range).

More information at:

Sonic Bomb Phone Signaller SBT425ss USA Manufacturer’s Webpage

Sonic Boom Phone Signaller SBT425ss User Manual (PDF Download)

Sonic Boom Phone Signaller SBT425ss Video Tutorial

7. Bellman & Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Visit Alarm Clock – for landline

Bellman Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Visit Alarm Clock for landlines

Combining the Visit Telephone Transmitter with the Visit Alarm Clock, ensures individuals with hearing impairments or deep sleepers will be alerted of incoming calls, using the option of an amplified alarm, LED flashing light and or vibrating pad.

The installation is extremely easy; simply plug the Telephone transmitter into the telephone socket. When activated by an incoming telephone call, the telephone transmitter sends a radio signal to the Bellman™ Visit Clock for alerting.

Features:

  • Flashing light, loud ringer and vibrating bed shaker
  • Compatible with landlines.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Telephone Transmitter with Visit Alarm Clock Webpage

8. Bellman & Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Flash – landline

Bellman Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Flash for landlines

The Bellman Visit Telephone Transmitter is the part of the Bellman™ Visit system that alerts you to incoming telephone calls. It features easy installation, by simply plugging the Telephone transmitter into the telephone socket. When activated by an incoming telephone call, the Telephone transmitter sends a radio signal to the Flash receiver for alerting.

When disconnecting the telephone cord the Telephone transmitter (“Multipurpose transmitter”) can also be used as a Push-button transmitter or pager.

Features:

  • Flashing light
  • Compatible with landline phones.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Telephone Transmitter with Flash Webpage


9. Bellman & Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Pager & Charger – landline

Bellman Symfon Telephone Transmitter with Pager Charger for landlines

The Visit telephone transmitter is part of the Visit smart home system that helps alert you to incoming calls. It signals the pager with vibrations and a lighted symbol when the telephone transmitter is being activated. The pager is small, light-weight and can be carried in your pocket or on your belt.

The Pager Charger is specially designed for the Visit smart home system and is used to recharge the Visit pager battery when powered by a rechargeable battery.

By adding the Bellman™ Bedshaker to this package, and connecting it to the Pager Charger, you can also be alerted to incoming calls whilst you are in bed.

Features:

  • Vibrating pager
  • Compatible with landline phones.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Telephone Transmitter with Pager & Charger Webpage

 

10. Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Night Alert Package – landline and mobile

Bellman Symfon Mobile Telephone Night Alert Package for landlines and mobiles

By placing the Bellman Mobile Sensor on top of the mobile device you will be alerted of an incoming call or message by the Bellman Visit Clock alert with sound, flashes or vibrations.

The Bellman Mobile Phone Sensor is connected to the Bellman™ Telephone/Multi-purpose Transmitter, which is directly plugged into the telephone line, ensuring you never miss any calls by sending a signal to the Visit Alarm clock.

Package includes the Bellman™ Visit Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker, Telephone/Multi-purpose Transmitter and Mobile Phone Sensor.

Features:

  • Flashing light, loud ringer and vibrating bed shaker.
  • Compatible with landline and mobile phones.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Mobile & Telephone Night Alert Package Webpage

 

11. Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Day Alert Package – landline and mobile

Bellman Symfon Mobile Telephone Day Alert Package for mobiles and landlines

This package allows you to never miss a call or text on your mobile or landline during the day. The Bellman Mobile Phone Sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message from your mobile.

The mobile Phone Sensor is connected to the Bellman Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter which is directly plugged into the telephone line ensuring you never miss any calls. The Bellman Flash Receiver will respond to the Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter alerting you (by flashing) that someone is trying to reach you.

Package includes the Bellman Visit Flash Receiver, Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter and Mobile Phone Sensor

Features:

  • Flashing light
  • Compatible with landline and mobile phones

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Mobile & Telephone Day Alert Package Webpage

 

12. Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Vibrating Alert – landline and mobile

Bellman Symfon Mobile Telephone Vibrating Alert for mobiles and landlines

This package allows you to never miss a call or text from your mobile or landline during the day by wearing the Bellman Visit Pager. Simply clip the pager to your clothing, and it will respond to the Bellman™ Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter or Bellman™ Mobile Phone Sensor, alerting you, by vibrating, that someone is trying to reach you. The pager is small, lightweight and can be carried in your pocket or on your belt.

The Mobile Phone Sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message from your mobile. The Mobile Phone Sensor must be connected to the Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter to operate.

If you wish to also be alerted to incoming calls on your regular phone simply plug the telephone line into the Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter ensuring you never miss any calls.

Features:

  • Vibrating pager
  • Compatible with landline and mobile phones.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information on:

Mobile & Telephone Vibrating Alert Webpage

 

13. Serene Innovations Central Alert Home – landline and mobile

Also known as: Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter CA-CX

Serene Innovations Central Alert Home Cell Phone Sensor Transmitter CA CX for landlines and mobiles

This phone alert system uses flashing light patterns and adjustable ringtones to alert and distinguish between incoming phone calls, video calls and texts for a landline and mobile phone devices. Any missed mobile phone calls will also cause the lights to flash.

Simply plug your home phone into this accessory. It features a volume control switch and USB port that can be used to charge mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Features:

  • Flashing light and loud ringer
  • Compatible with landline and mobile phones.

You can buy this accessory from Phoenix Hearing (requires sign in or sign up to view product range).

More information on:

Home/Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter CA-CX USA manufacturer's Webpage

Home/Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter CA-CX User Manual (PDF Download)



14. Serene Innovations Super-Loud Home/Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF-200 – landline and mobile

Serene Innovations Super Loud Home Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF 200 for landlines and mobiles

This phone alert system uses flashing light patterns and adjustable ringtones to alert and distinguish incoming phone calls, video calls and texts for a landline or mobile phone device.

Plug your home phone into the accessory or rest your mobile phone on the accessory in vibrate mode. The device features a USB port to charge your phone and a volume control switch.

Features:

  • Flashing light and loud ringer
  • Compatible with landlines and mobile phones.

You can buy this accessory from Phoenix Hearing (requires sign in or sign up to view product range).

More information on:

Super-Loud Home/Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF-200 USA manufacturer's Webpage

Super-Loud Home/Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF-200 User Manual (PDF Download)

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Phone alert systems provide alerts via bright strobe lights; loud sounds and/or strong vibrations that help notify deafblind persons and persons with visual impairment, hearing disabilities and cognitive disabilities of incoming and missed calls and messages.

These accessories might be helpful for persons with limited mobility as in some cases it can provide alerts for numerous devices around the home from one device.

Type of accessory: Phone alert systems

Phone alert systems

How do you use these accessories?

Pair the phone alert system with your mobile phone or tablet (if compatible). Plug in any additional accessories or sensors and customise the alarm, vibration and light notification settings to your preference.

Video showing the use of different Bellman and Symfon Mobile Phone alerts

These accessories connect to phones via:

Audio Jack:    No
Bluetooth:      Yes
Wi-Fi:               No
Micro USB:     No
Other:             Yes - landline telephone cord

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

No, it does not require any additional equipment to connect or work properly with a landline phone. Some devices require additional equipment to work properly with a smartphone.

Compatibility:

These phone alert systems are compatible with landline telephones. Some are also compatible with smartphones and tablets, however we recommend checking with the store for compatibility with any particular phone or tablet.

Popular Phone Alert Systems for Mobile Phones

1. Bellman & Symfon Mobile Phone Alert with Pro Clock – for mobiles

Bellman and Symfon Mobile Phone Alert with Pro Clock for Mobiles

This is the perfect night time solution so you don’t miss a call or message when you’re in bed. The mobile phone sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message.

Place the sensor on top of the mobile device and connect it to the Visit Pro Clock to be alerted with sound, flashes or vibrations when someone is trying to reach you.

Features:

  • Flashing light, loud ringer and vibrating bed shaker.
  • Compatible with mobile phones.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information at:

Bellman & Simfon Mobile Phone Alert with Pro Clock

2. Serene Innovations Central Alert Home/Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter CA-CX – for mobiles and landlines

Serene Innovations Central Alert Home Cell Phone Sensor Transmitter CA CX for mobiles and landlines

This phone alert system uses flashing light patterns and adjustable ringtones to alert and distinguish between incoming phone calls, video calls and texts for a landline or mobile phone device. Any missed mobile phone calls or texts will also cause the lights to flash.

Plug your home phone into the accessory or rest your mobile phone on the accessory in vibrate mode. The device features a USB port to charge your mobile phone and a volume control switch.

Features:

  • Flashing light and loud ringer.
  • Compatible with mobile phones and landlines.

Available at: Phoenix Hearing (requires sign in or sign up to view product range).

More information at:

Serene Innovations Home/Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter CA-CX - USA manufacturer's Web Page
Serene Innovations Home/Cell Phone Sensor-Transmitter CA-CX - User Manual (Download)

3. Serene Innovations Super-Loud Home/Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF-200– for mobiles and landlines

Serene Innovations Super Loud Home Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF 200 for mobiles and landlines

This phone alert system uses flashing light patterns and adjustable ringtones to alert and distinguish incoming phone calls, video calls and texts for a landline or mobile phone device. Any missed mobile phone calls or texts will also cause the lights to flash.

Plug your home phone into the accessory or rest your mobile phone on the accessory in vibrate mode. The device features a USB port to charge your phone and a volume control switch.

Features:

  • Flashing light and loud ringer.
  • Compatible with mobile phones and landlines.

Available at: Phoenix Hearing  (requires sign in or sign up to view product range).

More information at:

Serene Innovations Super-Loud Home/Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF-200 - USA manufacturer's website
Serene Innovations Super-Loud Home/Cell Phone Ringer and Flasher RF-200 - User Manual (Download)

4. Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Night Alert Package – for mobiles and landlines

Bellman Symfon Mobile Telephone Night Alert Package for landlines and mobiles

By placing the Bellman™ Mobile Sensor on top of the mobile device you will be alerted of an incoming call or message by the Bellman™ Visit Clock alert with sound, flashes or vibrations.

The Bellman™ Mobile Phone Sensor is connected to the Bellman™ Telephone/Multi-purpose Transmitter, which is directly plugged into the telephone line, ensuring you never miss any calls by sending a signal to the Visit Alarm clock.

Package includes the Bellman™ Visit Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker, Telephone/Multi-purpose Transmitter and Mobile Phone Sensor.

Features:

  • Flashing light, ringer and vibrating bed shaker.
  • Compatible with mobile phones and landlines.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information at:

Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Night Alert Package

5. Notti Phone Notifier – for mobiles

Notti Phone Notifier for mobiles

The Notti Phone Notifier will light up when you get a phone call, text message or notification. Unique colour notifications can be set up for call, message or notification in just a few taps on your smart phone.

The Package includes the Notti Smart Light Notifier and USB charging cable (works with any USB charger or connects to your computer)

Features:

  • Flashing Light.
  • Compatible with mobile phones.

Available at: Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology

More information at:

Notti Phone Notifier Manufacturer Website (USA)

6. Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Day Alert Package – for mobiles and landlines

Bellman Symfon Mobile Telephone Day Alert Package for landlines and mobiles

This package allows you to never miss a call or text on your mobile or landline during the day. The Bellman™ Mobile Phone Sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message from your mobile.

The mobile Phone Sensor is connected to the Bellman™ Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter which is directly plugged into the telephone line ensuring you never miss any calls. The Bellman™ Flash Receiver will respond to the Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter alerting you (by flashing) that someone is trying to reach you.

Package includes the Bellman Visit Flash Receiver, Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter and Mobile Phone Sensor

Features:

  • Flashing light.
  • Compatible with mobile phones and landlines.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information at:

Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Day Alert Package

7. Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Vibrating Alert – for mobiles and landlines

Bellman Symfon Mobile Telephone Vibrating Alert for mobiles and landlines

This package allows you to never miss a call or text from your mobile or landline during the day by wearing the Bellman™ Visit Pager. Simply clip the pager to your clothing, and it will respond to the Bellman™ Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter or Bellman™ Mobile Phone Sensor, alerting you, by vibrating, that someone is trying to reach you. The pager is small, light-weight and can be carried in your pocket or on your belt.

The Mobile Phone Sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message from your mobile. The Mobile Phone Sensor must be connected to the Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter to operate.

If you wish to also be alerted to incoming calls on your regular phone simply plug the telephone line into the Telephone/Multi-Purpose Transmitter ensuring you never miss any calls.

Features:

  • Vibrating pager.
  • Compatible with mobile phones and landlines.

You can buy this device from ClearaSound. Separate components can be purchased from Hearing Connections and Word of Mouth Technology.

More information at:

Bellman & Symfon Mobile & Telephone Vibrating Alert

Is there any training available for these accessories?

Training and demonstrations might be available directly from the retailers.

Some of these accessories might be displayed and available for demonstrations at Independent Living Centre Australia. Please contact ILC by calling 1300 885 886 for further information.

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Sip/Puff, Breath-activated and Pneumatic Switches allow people with physical disabilities to activate assistive technology and mainstream devices in their environment, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

These switches might be helpful for persons who do not have any upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, stroke, or amputation.

Type of accessory: Ability Switches

Ability Switches

How do you use these accessories?

Place the straw, tube or wand on your mouth and then “sip” (inhale) or "puff" (exhale). Each sip or puff can carry a switch action that allows you to access apps and functions in your smart device, including call and messaging services.

These switches need to be connected to a Bluetooth Switch Interface in order to connect to a phone or tablet.

These accessories connect to phones via:
Audio Jack:            No
Bluetooth:             Yes (Using a Bluetooth switch interface)
Wi-Fi:                      No
Micro USB:            No
Other:                     No

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

Yes. These switches do not have Bluetooth connectivity, which is usually required to connect to a smartphone or tablet; therefore you need a “Bluetooth Switch Interface” which is a device that acts as a connection bridge between your corded switch and your smartphone or tablet.

Some Bluetooth switch interfaces in the market are Tecla Shield DO, Tecla e and Pretorian Applicator switch interface.

Also, these switches usually require a mounting system to stay in place when operated.

Compatibility:

The compatibility of these switches depends on the Bluetooth Switch Interface used to connect to the phone or tablet.

Pneumatic, Breath-Activated and Sip Puff Switches available in Australia:

1.     AbleNet Pneumatic Dual Switch

AbleNet Pneumatic Dual Switch

The Pneumatic Switch is a sip and puff switch. It has a dual switch action, to activate one switch the user "sips" and to activate the other switch the user "puffs".  An internal saliva trap allows for ease of cleaning.

Main features:

  • Long Pneumatic Switch size: 2.5cm x 40cm (1 inch x 16 inch)
  • Activating Force: 3”w/c(g)
  • Current: 30VDC max 30mA
  • Mounting Plate: Pneumatic Switch Clamp Connector

You can buy this accessory from Spectronics.

More information on:

Ablenet Pneumatic Dual Switch at Spectronics

 

2.     Origin Instruments Sip/Puff Switch with Headset

sip puff headset

The Sip/Puff Switch translates sips and puffs into independent switch closures. The Sip/Puff Switch has two 3.5mm ports for connecting two standard mono cables or a single stereo cable. It also has integrated test buttons to assist in application testing.

Sip/Puff Headset is a comfortable, adjustable head frame. The padded headset slips over the ears and behind the head. A replaceable mouth tube is held in position with an integral stainless steel forming wire. The tube and wire can be bent and cut to adapt to individual needs.

You can buy this accessory from Spectronics.

More information on:

Origin Instruments Sip/Puff Switch website

 

3.     Origin Instruments Sip/Puff Switch with Gooseneck

sip puff gooseneck

The Sip/Puff Switch translates sips and puffs into independent switch closures. The Sip/Puff Switch has two 3.5mm ports for connecting two standard mono cables or a single stereo cable. It has integrated test buttons to assist in application testing.

Strong, lightweight and versatile, the Sip/Puff Gooseneck features a Universal Mount that securely attaches to table tops, beds and wheelchairs. The flexible steel gooseneck and the ball-and-socket mount allows for easy and secure mouthpiece positioning. The filtered mouthpiece is replaceable and a thin, pliable connecting tube interfaces the mouthpiece to the Sip/Puff Switch with a simple twist connector.

You can buy this accessory from Spectronics.

More information on:

Origin Instruments Sip/Puff Switch Website

 

4.     Q UHA Sento MP Switch

Q UHA Sento MP Switch

The Quha Sento MP is a contactless Puff Switch (no “sip” action). This switch is mounted or head worn and is activated small puff of air or even a gentle "P" sound.

You can buy this accessory from Zyteq.

More information on:

Quha Sento MP Webpage at Zyteq

5.     Technical Solution Sip/Puff Switch

Technical Solution Sip Puff Switch

These switches will activate a toy or device by sipping OR puffing through the air tube. Sipping on the tube will operate one device, while puffing on the same tube will cause a second device to operate.

The tube we use for this switch can be accurately positioned using the flexible mounts and clamps also available at Technical Solutions.

You can buy this accessory from Technical Solutions Australia.

6.     Zyteq Sip Puff Switch

Zyteq Sip Puff Switch

The Zyteq sip puff switch permits activations through use of oral air and includes a mounting hardware. The sip puff switch is complete with mouth piece, saliva trap (sputum collector), surgical tubing inside a gooseneck, and metal rods. It is connected by an x-joint and mountable using a 10mm mount and G-clamp.

Main features:

  • Single function - set to sip OR puff actuation
  • Length of gooseneck: 30 cm
  • Length of gooseneck and rod: 80 cm
  • 3.5 mm phono plug

You can buy this accessory from Zyteq.

Is there any training available for these accessories?

Training and demonstrations might be available directly from the retailers.

Some of these accessories might be displayed and available for demonstrations at Independent Living Centre Australia. Please contact ILC by calling 1300 885 886 for further information.

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Proximity sensor switches are highly sensitive devices that do not require a physical touch to activate. They are a perfect alternative switch for people who do not have the ability to apply pressure to a switch.

These switches might be helpful for persons with limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, stroke, or amputation.

 Proximity Sensor Switches

Type of accessory: Proximity Switch

How do you use these accessories?

Wave your hand or other portion of your body close enough to the switch to activate any device that can work in switch mode. This will allow you to select and access apps and functions in your smart device, including call and messaging services.

A Bluetooth switch interface is needed in order for this device to connect to a smartphone or tablet.

An example of how to use these devices can be seen in the following video:

Example of Sensor Switch use (Video)

These accessories connect to phones via:

Audio Jack:       No
Bluetooth:        Yes (requires a Bluetooth Interface Switch)
Wi-Fi:                 No
Micro USB:       No
Other:                No

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

Yes. Proximity sensor switches do not have Bluetooth connectivity, which is usually required to connect to a smartphone or tablet. Therefore you need a “Bluetooth Switch Interface” which is a device that acts as a connection bridge between your corded switch and your smartphone or tablet.

Some Bluetooth switch interfaces in the market are Tecla Shield DO, Tecla-e and Pretorian Applicator switch interface.

Compatibility:

The compatibility of a proximity sensor switch depends on the Bluetooth Switch Interface used to connect to the phone or tablet.

Popular proximity sensor switches available in Australia:

1.     AbleNet BIG Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch

1. AbleNet BIG Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch

The Big Candy Corn is a large, wired proximity sensor switch that activates when a user’s body is within 2.5 cm (1-inch) of the switch top. This device features visual and auditory feedback and a 3.5 mm (0.125-inch) mono switch plug.

You can buy this accessory from Spectronics, Communicate AT and Zyteq.

More information on:

Big Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch

 

2.     AbleNet Little Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch

2. AbleNet Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch

The LITTLE Candy Corn proximity sensor switch has a compact size of 5.0 cm (1.9-inch) wide activation area. It is highly sensitive and does not require a physical touch from the user to activate. Simply wave a hand or move your body within 1.0 cm (0.5-inch) of Candy Corn and it activates. Visual and auditory cues occur when the switch is activated.

You can buy this accessory from Spectronics, Communicate AT and Zyteq.

More information on:

Little Candy Corn Proximity Sensor Switch

 

3.     HoneyBee Proximity Switch

3. HoneyBee Proximity Switch 

The HoneyBee senses the proximity of a hand, finger, head or nearly any object. To activate the HoneyBee, place your hand, head or other body part over the sensor window. When the device has been activated, an audible tone will be heard. The sensing range can be adjusted for four distance options, allowing for multiple positioning and access needs.

You can buy this accessory from Spectronics.

More information on:

HoneyBee Proximity Switch

HoneyBee Proximity Switch User Guide (PDF Download)

 

4.     Wave Switch, reflective beam sensor

4.Wave Switch reflective beam sensor

Any movement of your hand, or other body part, within about 5 cm of the sensor will reflect an infrared light beam back to a sensor on the switch box, triggering the switch output. This switch will suit a user who can move their hand at least 3 cm, in and out of the beam area. Key features of this device include:

  • Gross movements can trigger the switch
  • No pressure is required
  • Little accuracy is needed as the reflective beam area covers about 3cm x 3cm
  • Audible 'click' feedback as well as visual red LED indicator of switch activation

You can buy this accessory from Technical Solutions Australia.

More information on:

Wave Switch webpage at Technical Solutions Australia

Is there any training available for these accessories?

Training and demonstrations might be available directly from the retailers.

Some of these accessories might be displayed and available for demonstrations at Independent Living Centre Australia. Please contact ILC by calling 1300 885 886 for further information.

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Refreshable Braille Displays allow people who are deaf or blind to use mobile phones, tablets, computers and other smart devices.

 

Refreshable Braille Displays

Type of accessory: Braille Displays

How do you use these accessories?

Pair these accessories to your mobile phone or tablet via Bluetooth. The refreshable braille display will show the text of each app as you browse them and you will be able to enter text on text fields using the 8-key braille keyboard.

Use this accessory to access the SMS or internet functions of your phone to contact the National Relay Service for assistance to complete a phone call.

Video showing the use of a Refreshable Braille Display with an Apple tablet

These accessories connect to phones via:

Audio Jack:    No
Bluetooth:      Yes
Wi-Fi:               No
Micro USB:     No
Other:             No

Is there any other piece of equipment required for this accessory to work properly with a phone?

No, these accessories do not require any additional equipment to connect or work properly with a smart phone or tablet.

Apple devices have a built-in braille access when using the VoiceOver Screen Reader. However for Android devices, you must download the Google BrailleBack App to support the use of Bluetooth braille displays.

Compatibility:

Most Refreshable Braille Displays are compatible with Android, Apple and Microsoft devices. Each Braille Display will be compatible with a different operating system.

Popular Refreshable Braille Displays available in Australia:

1. HumanWare Brailliant BI 40 Braille Display

1. HumanWare Brailliant BI 40 Braille Display

Features:

  • 40 Braille cells
  • Designed for extensive reading
  • Eight-key braille keyboard
  • Six command keys
  • Four thumb keys
  • Two spacebars
  • Curser router keys
  • USB 2.0. and Bluetooth V2.1
  • Lasts up to 20 hours with Bluetooth
  • Automatic shut-off

Compatibility: Windows 10, Android 4.4+, all iOS, and Mac OSX10.8 or later.

Available at: Vision Australia and Humanware. You can also find a Humanware distributor near you.

More information on:

HumanWare Brailliant BI 40 Web Page

HumanWare Brailliant Support Web Page

2. HumanWare Brailliant BI 80 Braille Display

2. HumanWare Brailliant BI 80 Braille Display

Features:

  • 80 Braille cells
  • Designed for extensive reading
  • Eight-key braille keyboard
  • Six command keys
  • Four thumb keys
  • Two spacebars
  • Curser router keys
  • USB 2.0. and Bluetooth V2.1
  • Lasts up to 20 hours with Bluetooth
  • Automatic shut-off

Compatibility: Windows 10, Android 4.4+, all iOS, and Mac OSX10.8 or later.

Available at: Humanware. You can also find a Humanware distributor near you.

More information on:

HumanWare Brailliant BI 80 Web Page

HumanWare Brailliant Support Web Page

3. HumanWare Brailliant Display 14 Cells with input (BI14)

3. HumanWare Brailliant Display 14 Cells with input BI14

Features:

  • 14 Braille cells
  • Rugged design built for the user on the go
  • Very light: 285 G 0.63 lbs.
  • Ergonomic traditional 8-dot braille input keys
  • Comfortable typing experience with a note taker style spacebar
  • HumanWare signature thumb keys
  • Built-in intelligence allows for increased productivity anywhere
  • Pair up to 5 Bluetooth devices at once Plus one USB connection
  • Brailliant Sync ensures notes taken on the BI14 are available everywhere!

Compatibility: Windows 10, Android 4.4+, all iOS, and Mac OSX10.8 or later.

Available at: Vision Australia and Humanware. You can also find a Humanware distributor near you.

More information on:

HumanWare Brailliant BI 40 Web Page

HumanWare Brailliant Support Web Page

4. Focus 14 5th Gen Blue Braille Display

4. Focus 14 5th Gen Blue Braille Display

Features:

  • 14 Braille cells
  • 8-dot Braille keyboard
  • Seamless Braille with a more crisp and uniform feel
  • Compact and durable - designed for portability
  • Convenient front panel controls and customizable NAV rockers
  • Our exclusive NAV Rockers let you rapidly scroll by line, sentence, paragraph, or pan through a document
  • Menu button, conveniently centred above the cursor router buttons, for quick access to calendar, clock, Bluetooth connections, and more
  • Built-in Scratchpad with BRF Book Reader
  • Select your personal Braille firmness with VariBraille
  • USB-C micro connector - always right-side-up to reduce wear and tear
  • Charge battery via USB
  • Unique use-in carrying case
  • Weight: Approximately 283 grams (10 oz.)

Compatibility: Is compatible with iOS 11 or later and Android devices with Google BrailleBack

Available at: Quantum

More information on:

Focus 14 Wireless Braille Display Brochure (Download)

5. Focus 14 Blue Generation 5 Braille Display

5. Focus 14 Blue Generation 5 Braille Display

Features:

  • 14 Braille cells
  • 8-dot Braille keyboard
  • Smooth, paper-like feel
  • Convenient thumb key and panning buttons
  • Our exclusive NAV Rockers let you rapidly scroll by line, sentence, paragraph, or pan through a document
  • Menu button for quick access to settings
  • Adjustable key repeat for rapid scrolling and panning
  • Select your personal Braille firmness with VariBraille
  • Time and Date display
  • Out-of-the box compatibility with Apple® iOS 11 or later and Android devices

Compatibility: Is compatible with iOS 11 or later and Android devices with Google BrailleBack

Available at: Quantum and Vision Australia.

More information on:

Focus 14 Freedom Scientific Web Page

Focus 14 Blue - 5th Generation Braille Display Website

6. Focus 40 Blue Generation 5 Braille Display

6. Focus 40 Blue Generation 5 Braille Display

Features:

  • 40 Braille cells
  • 8-dot Braille keyboard
  • Smooth, paper-like feel
  • Convenient thumb key and panning buttons
  • Our exclusive NAV Rockers let you rapidly scroll by line, sentence, paragraph, or pan through a document
  • Menu button for quick access to settings
  • Adjustable key repeat for rapid scrolling and panning
  • Select your personal Braille firmness with VariBraille
  • Time and date display

Compatibility: Is compatible with iOS 11 or later and Android devices with Google BrailleBack

Available at: Quantum.

More information on:

Focus 40 Freedom Scientific Web Page

Focus 40 Blue - 5th Generation Braille Display Website

7. Smart Beetle Braille Display

7. Smart Beetle Braille Display

Features:

  • Allows full access to phone via Braille Output on the display and input via braille keyboard.
  • Braille can be customized to Grade 1 or Grade 2.
  • Can Pair with 5 Bluetooth Devices.

Available at: Pacific Vision and Vision Australia.

More information on:

HIMS Smart Beetle Web Page

Smart Beetle Resources

Is there any training available for these accessories?

Training and demonstrations might be available directly from retailers.

Please contact HumanWare Australia, Quantum and Vision Australia for demonstrations and training on their products. Ablelink  can also provide training on learning how to use Braille devices.

Connecting to Braille Displays on iOS and Android

1. Voice Control – Apple

Voice Control on Apple comes built-in to the latest Apple iPhone and iPad devices, allowing you to fully control you device using your voice. It also has a braille access feature enabled when using the screen reader. Utilizing this braille access allows a user to receive braille output on a supported braille display, and if the display has input keys, one can actually control the iOS device without ever touching the device's touch screen. 

Compatibility: Available for iOS 3.0 and up. Some devices will have Voice Control built in to Siri, the iOS personal assistant, however for information on changing Voice Control for earlier versions please see the Apple Support Page.

More information at:

Apple Voice Control Support Web Page

How to navigate with Voice Control on iPhone or iPad Video (YouTube)

2. Google BrailleBack

The Google BrailleBack App is required for android devices to support braille devices.

This app lets you connect a supported refreshable braille display to your device via Bluetooth. Screen content will be presented on the braille display and you can navigate and interact with your device using the keys on the display. It works together with the TalkBack app to give a combined braille and speech experience, allowing you to input text using your braille keyboard.

Once installed, you must activate your braille device for the app to work. Steps to activate include: Go to Settings > Accessibility > turn on BrailleBack switch and then go back to Settings > Bluetooth > pair your Bluetooth braille display.

Instructions on installing and turning on BrailleBack on your device and a list of compatible braille devices can be found at BrailleBack Android Support Web Page or Freedom Scientific Braille and Android Info Web Page

Compatibility: Requires Android 4.1 and up

Price: Free.

You can download this app from the Google Play Store.

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