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Hook+ Switch Interface

Product Number: 10000018

Hook+ is an Apple MFi approved switch interface that provides a reliable wired connection to the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch via the Lightning connector. Hook+ is compatible with Switch Control found in iOS 8 or later.

$185.00

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$185.00
 
 
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Product Status
Hook+ is temporarily unavailable. AbleNet is a participant in the Apple MFi Developer Program and Hook+ is an Apple MFi certified product. During a recent product audit by Apple, they identified one code issue in Hook+ that could potentially impact functionality in future releases of iOS. AbleNet is currently working to address the identified code issue and once this issue is resolved, and Hook+ will be made available.

If you are an existing user of Hook+, the code issue identified by Apple does not impact functionality when used with iOS 11.2 Beta 4 or older.

About Hook+
Hook+ is an Apple MFi approved switch interface that provides a reliable wired connection to the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch via the Lightning connector. To get started, simply connect one to four switches to Hook+, turn Switch Control on, and connect Hook+ to your iDevice.

Hook+ utilizes the Apple auto switch configurator and the first time Hook+ is used with an iDevice it will automatically configure the iDevice to use single switch auto scanning or dual switch step scanning based on how many switches are connected to Hook+. Once initially configured, switches can be manually re-configured to meet the needs of the user. The Apple auto switch configurator is only available on Apple MFi approved switch interfaces.

Once Hook+ is connected and Switch Control is configured, you can do almost anything on an iDevice with a switch. Read an eBook, write an email, browse the internet, play games, control your home, and much more!

NOTE: Hook+ is not compatible with apps that use keystrokes for switch clicks. Hook+ uses Apple’s proprietary HID Assistive Switch Control protocol for switch clicks and is compatible with Switch Control found in iOS 8 or later. To access Switch Control, go to the Settings App > General > Accessibility > Switch Control.

PRODUCT FEATURES:
  • Lightning connector provides a reliable wired connection 
  • Utilizes Apple auto switch configurator
  • Hook+ does not have an internal battery and can be used as long as the iDevice has a battery charge
  • Connect one to four individual switches via 3.5-mm/1/8-in switch jacks. With iOS 9, you are able to program two unique commands per switch for a total of eight different switch commands.
  • Use the battery pass through on Hook+ to charge your iOS device while using Hook+

ABOUT SWITCH CONTROL
Switch Control is an accessibility feature found in iOS 8 or later. Switch Control provides an on-screen interface that enables individuals with physical disabilities the ability to control almost any feature on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch via one or multiple switches. Without having to physically touch the screen of their iDevice, an individual is able to use almost any feature on the iDevice by activating a switch. In addition, an individual can use a switch to activate Siri and use voice commands to control their iDevice and home.

To access Switch Control, on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch go to Settings App > General > Accessibility > Switch Control.

For more information on Switch Control visit our website section on iOS Accessibility, https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/consumer-technology-as-at/.

APPLE MADE FOR IPHONE, IPAD, IPOD LOGO
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPod touch (5th generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, and Retina are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad Air, iPad mini, and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc.

Additional Information

Disable Add To Cart Yes
Activation Type Switch
Activation Surface Size No
Activation Force No
Travel Before Activation No
Key Size No
Key Size - Metric No
Trackball Size No
Trackball Size - Metric No
Compatability iOS
Connection Type 1/8-in/3.5-mm mono plug
Number of Switch Input(s) 4
Feedback No
Keyboard Key Color No
Product Waranty 2-Year Limited Warranty
Hook+
What devices are compatible with the Hook+?
Hook+ is compatible with the following Apple devices running iOS7 or later:
  • iPads: 4th Gen, Air, Air 2, iPad Mini (Gen 1, 2, 3 & 4), iPad Pro (9.7”, 10.5” and 12.9”) & iPad (2017)
  • iPhones: 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+, 6s, 6s+, SE, 7 & 7+
  • iPods: Nano (7th Gen) & Touch (5th & 6th Gen)

Why is Hook+ only compatible with iOS 7 or newer?
Switch Control was introduced in iOS 7 and is required for Hook+ to function.

My Apple device has a 30-pin connector, will it work with Hook+?
Unfortunately not, Hook+ uses a Lightning port connection to work with an Apple Device.

Why is Hook+ Apple Accessibility API compliant and why does it matter?
Hook+ leverages Apple’s Accessibility API which assigns switch presses Assistive Switch Events to communicate when scanning. In order to use Hook+ it’s essential that you activate Switch Control. Assistive Switch Events can only occur when using a device with the Switch Control feature.

Being compatible with Apple’s Accessibility API offers several benefits for the Hook+, such as:
  • Automatic device configuration when connecting with Apple device using Switch Control
  • Consistency of switch access throughout any compatible apps
  • Framework maintained by Apple, which means more frequent updates to benefit end-users

Why would I want to use Switch Control instead of an app’s built-in switch scanning?
Switch Control gives the user the ability to control & navigate most areas & features of an Apple device, not just specific options within a app. This provides a user freedom to navigate all aspects of their device, rather than limiting them to one app.

How is Hook+ different from Hook?
The Hook iPod Interface was designed specifically for controlling music on an iOS device when connected to its 30-pin connector. Hook+ is a switch interface that uses the Switch Control feature to allow a user to interact in most areas of an iOS device when connected via Lightning Port.

How do I make my app compatible with Hook+?
You will need to integrate Apple’s simple UI Accessibility framework into your app. This framework will make the elements of your app compatible with Switch Control as well as other iOS accessibility features. For more information on this please contact Apple at https://developer.apple.com/develop/

Why can't use Hook+ to wake my iOS device after Auto-Lock puts my device to sleep?
If you have the Auto-Lock feature on or press the Power Button on your iOS device, the screen will turn off and the device goes into a sleep mode to conserve power. Unfortunately, while in this sleep mode, the iOS device shuts off power to the Lightning port and Hook+. To avoid this issue, we recommend that you avoid using the Auto-Lock feature or put your device into sleep mode while using Hook+. For individuals using Hook+ throughout the day, you can turn down screen brightness to help conserve battery life. You might want to consider connecting the Hook+ charger via micro USB cable and use it while continuously charging the battery.
To disable Auto-Lock feature:
  • Tap the "Settings" icon
  • Click “General”
  • Select “Auto-Lock”
  • Tap “Never” to prevent your iPad from automatically sleeping

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