Tecla-e

Tecla-e takes being mobile to a new level of breaking boundaries for assistive technology. The Tecla-e empowers individuals with disabilities who cannot independently use smart phones, tablets, computers or smart home technology with touchscreens and keyboard. The Tecla-e is a great device for anyone who has limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke. Tecla-e is a light touch adaptive button switch that can be used to control your devices, it requires about 200 gr of force for activation. Due to the built in radios, it should not be positioned close to the user’s head. Tecla-e can also be connected to eight different Bluetooth devices both ISO and Android base, which the user can switch between. With the Tecla-e it has sensors that gather information which is updated to the cloud and accessed through the Tecla-e apps for iOS and Android. The information gathered include location, temperature, motion and ambient light sensors. Tecla-e also has a 48 hour battery life which can be recharge by USB. For wheelchairs, Tecla-e can be set up with the driving control if it’s equipped with an environment control or Input/output module.

To learn more about Tecla-e you can visit Tecla-e Assistive Tech

image of the Tecla-e device place up that shows where the power switch is located.

Tactile Text to Braille Convertor

Tactile

Tactile was developed by Five Young aspiring Women in MIT who wanted to make a difference in the field of Engineering. Their goal were to make books and texts more accessible to those who are visually impaired or legally blind, while encouraging other girls to make differences in the world of Engineering as well. Tactile is the first device dedicated Text-to-Braille converter. Their aim is to help those who are visually impaired by increasing access to printed text information at a lower price range. This would allow all books and printed text documents to be more available and accessible to everyone.Image shows a text document is being scan by the Tactile device as the device is placed on top of the document

To learn more about the Tactile you can visit Team Tactile

OrCam My Eye 2.0

OrCam My Eye 2.0

OrCam My Eye 2.0 is a small device that sits on the side of a pair of glasses. It’s light in weight and about the length of a stick of gum, with easy connection to the frame of the glasses. The OrCam My Eye 2.0 is meant for anyone who is blind or visibly impaired. It has a 13-megapixel camera that takes a picture and relays the information back to the user. The device can read text from books, documents, or even a menu for users. It can also recognize known and unknown faces for the user. For example, if it’s someone you know, it will let say the person’s name. If it’s someone you do not know, it will either say a “man” or “woman” is in front of you.  My Eye 2.0 can also identify products and read barcodes for users when shopping. A few other features of the OrCam include color detection and the ability to recognize money. My Eye 2.0 can connect to your phone securely; it does not save any information onto your phone, and forgets the information after it’s been relayed.

Shows an older gentalmen sitting down, as he is holding up his book and pointing to the page to show the OrCam where to start reading. the OrCam is already placed on the side of his glasses.

To learn more about the OrCam My Eye 2.0 ,you can visit OrCam.

Grid Pad Pro

The Grid Pad Pro is a powerful device with a range of communication aids that are packed with features. The Grid Pad Pro has high-quality audio, multiple access options, and our servus environment control. The Grid Pad Pro is available in an 11”, 13”, and 18” versions and can be used as a portable device or mounted on a wheelchair.

The Grid Pad has easy access by using a responsive touch screen. You can also use specific key guards that will suit your needs. The Grid Pad Pro also comes with two switch ports and the option for wireless switch input using wireless Joycable accessories. The headphone socket will split the sound ready for auditory scanning. There are also two spare USB ports that allows for other alternative access devices to be used with the Grid Pad Pro, like a head mouse, joystick, or Brainfingers.

The Grid Pad Pro provides a complete AAC solution for people communicating with symbols, text, or a combination of both. It does have other features such as Computer Control, a complete suite of accessible apps, interactive learning resources, and access to the online grid portal. Updates and resources are simple when trying to edit or add something new to the grid such as cells or downloading a whole new grid set, which can all be done through your device. The grid can also be used to replace the remote controls that normally operate TV, music centers, and other systems that maybe similar.

Picture of the Grid Pad that is turned on with all the different symbols that the device offers

To learn more about The Grid Pad, you can visit Thinksmartbox.com where you can speak to local dealers about getting the Grid or for more information about the Grid Pad.