Environmental Control Units (ECU) Eletronic aids for daily living for disabled people

 
 

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Environmental Control Units (ECU) Eletronic aids for daily living for disabled peopleEnvironmental Control Units, or ECUs as they’re commonly called, enable persons with physical disabilities to participate in a broad range of everyday activities at home, at work, in classrooms, in health care centers, and in hospitals through a variety of user-friendly interfaces, including the touch of a button or the sound of the user’s voice. At AbleNet, we are committed to matching the correct technology with the correct person in the correct situation.

  1. What do you want to control—TV, lights, appliances, telephone, bed?
  2. Where would you mount the ECU—wheelchair, bed, desk?
  3. How will you access/control the ECU—direct, external switch(es), scanning, voice?
  4. Are there any cognitive issues affecting number of choices, memory, etc.?
  5. Will physical and cognitive abilities be changing over time?

 

Common Situations

Situation 1
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In order to stay in my home comfortably, I need to be able to control the temperature of my immediate surroundings from my bed.

Situation 2
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I want to control my lights, telephone, and all of my audio and video equipment --basically, I need it all. As I move around the house, it would be ideal if I could do all of that from my wheelchair.

Situation 3
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I want to control my telephone, TV, cable/satellite and stereo. I spend most of my day in my chair or in my bed, but I can easily activate external switches as needed.

Situation 1

Environmental Control Units (ECU) Eletronic aids for daily living for disabled peopleIn order to stay in my home comfortably, I need to be able to control the temperature of my immediate surroundings from my bed.

Applied Methodology

  1. Fan and heater control
  2. Bed mounting
  3. Direct access
  4. No cognitive impairments
  5. Stable abilities over time

AT Solution

PowerLink controls power to devices

PowerLink® 4
PowerLink controls power to the lamps -- just plug them into the device.
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wireless receivers - Jelly Beamer

Jelly Beamer™ + wireless receivers
Use one wireless Jelly Beamer to activate each device.
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Situation 2

Environmental Control Units (ECU) Eletronic aids for daily living for disabled people

I want to control my lights, telephone, and all of my audio and video equipment --basically, I need it all. As I move around the house, it would be ideal if I could do all of that from my wheelchair.

Applied Methodology

  1. Lights, Telephone, Audio/Video Equipment
  2. Wheelchair mounting
  3. Voice Control
  4. No cognitive impairments
  5. Stable abilities over time

AT Solution

ECU device Pilot Pro

Pilot Pro
The Pilot Pro offers advanced voice controlled ECU functionality.
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ECU device - X-10 modules

X-10 modules
Various X-10 modules control lighting and appliances.
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Easily controlled Sero! telephone

Sero!™ telephone
Easily-controlled compatible telephone.
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Mounting device Latitude ARM and triangle plate

Latitude™ ARM and triangle plate
Use the Latitude ARM and small triangular mounting plate for a steady position and easy adjustments.
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Situation 3

I want to control my telephone, TV, cable/satellite and stereo. I spend most of my day in my chair or in my bed, but I can easily activate external switches as needed.

Applied Methodology

  1. Telephone, TV, cable/satellite and stereo
  2. Wheelchair and bed mounting
  3. Switch access
  4. No cognitive impairments
  5. Stable abilities over time

AT Solution

ECU controller with switch

Primo!™
ECU controller with switch scanning capability.
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Easily controlled telephone

Sero!™ telephone
Easily-controlled compatible telephone.
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AAC switch

Buddy Button Switches
Quick-ready switches in two sizes.
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Gooseneck arm with mounting device

Gooseneck Arm (with Small Circular plate)
Quickly connect and mount switches and the Primo! unit.
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Additional Information

ECU Selection Grid

Download our ECU Comparison Grid now (PDF)