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Wheelchair Control Via iPhone

Dynamic Controls out of Christchurch, New Zealand, has developed a system by which wheelchair users can control their iPhone using the chair’s own joystick.

Additionally, the iPhone can display important information about the wheelchair, such as the battery charge state, speed, seat adjustment, and heading direction.

All this is communicated via Bluetooth between the iPhone and the wheelchair. The new version of the iPortal system will be unveiled at Rehacare 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany, next month.


Features from the product page:

• Bluetooth® technology to connect with the wheelchair system

•Dashboard application for iPhone and iPod touch that displays wheelchair information in real time (to download the application visit www.itunes.com and search for iPortal dashboard.

+ speed and speed range indicator
+ compass heading (iPhone 3GS only)
+ seat adjustment indicator
+ battery state
+ one touch emergency contact
+ power chair event logging

•Operates with Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPod touch V2.0 and 3.0
•Can be easily added to any new or existing Dynamic Controls DX2, DX or Shark wheelchair control systems without reprogramming the wheelchair
•Adjustable mounting arm and cradle to conveniently position the iPhone or iPod touch for the user
•An Apple USB charging port to keep the iPhone or iPod touch fully charged
•An auxiliary USB charging-only port for other devices

Press release: Pioneering technology allows wheelchair users to make a receive phone calls, surf the net and control their online world through their joystick…

Product page: iPortal…

*This blog post was originally published at Medgadget*


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