Access to Smart Home Technology Using Invacare Wheelchair Controllers - A Collaboration between the Cleveland State University Occupational Therapy Program and Invacare Corporation.
"It was a BIG DEAL getting Tecla. With being connected to technology, there is so much I can do independently. Even if it is little, like banking. Tecla is one of the single most important devices in my life."
Meet Carolyn A Testimony from the TECLA Website- (The Recommended Interface between Invacare Wheelchair Controllers and Smart Home Technologies)
Cleveland State University’s Occupational Therapy Program has collaborated since 2016 with Invacare Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchairs, to develop a user-friendly database for you to search accessible Electronic Aides for Daily Living (EADL's) to help you control your home environment.
Performing daily activities within the home can become difficult after injury or illness. Controlling one’s home environment can become almost impossible after a loss of function, from the confines of a wheelchair, or a combination of both. EADL's provide individuals faced with these challenges assistance in maintaining independence by giving them alternative methods to effectively control and monitor their home environment. EADL's are currently being used to control door locks, window shades, safety alerts, temperature, appliances and TV's. They also control electronic furniture, methods of communication, and a variety of other devices.
We have compiled a list of EADL's related to door and window locks, garage door systems, smoke alarms, smartphones, televisions, and other home security devices for you to browse. Click on the link below to access our web page.
This project was conducted by a Faculty member of the CSU OT Program and 4 research groups (17 students from the classes of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021). Not all products were completely field tested and actual functionality varies depending upon operating systems of the phone, tablet, or other mobile device used as an interface between the wheelchair controller and the smart home technologies.
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