iPad mouthstick review

I was asked to test the iFaraday mouthstick, for use with an iPad, below are the findings:

Thank you very much for letting me test this mouthstick, here are my notes on using an IPad via the mouth stick provided by Aspire:

The mouthstick was an extremely good weight and the right length to be able to reach full range of entire screen.

The thicker of the two tips gave best touch responsiveness at a good range of impact angle.
Still a moderate amount of force required to press and get a response.
The clear rubber tubing around the mouth end allows for comfortable biting and a stable tip end because of the reduced amount of Flex in the shaft when compared to alternatives.

Modifications we tried to improve comfort:
Expanded the Clear rubber tip end with heat to remove and replace with shrink-wrapped Rubber (Around 1 mm thickness). Now can use either with Just the rubber For greater accuracy Or with a plastic bite Plate for greater comfort.

Stand needs A large amount of Tightening And still has a lot of Give, Assume that stand mobility Is reduced when The wheelchair is not perpendicular with The stand To be Able to store The stick, We need is a method of Attaching a tube With one Hollow End Via Velcro And and Angle Bracket

Note. Apparently the company “rehab teq” is due to release a switch input for controlling android devices. I’m waiting for a switch device from “rsl steeper” to do the same for an iPhone i.e. switch scanning to use basic phone functionality.

In response to your questions:
Can you let me know how you get on? It would be good to know:

1) Do they work?

Yes they do, there is a limit to the angle at which you can have the mouthstick in relation to the screen and still get a good response, with the rounded tip, this angle is quite acceptable.

2) Are they usable?

yes, good weight and sensitivity of touch compared to others I have tried

3) Is one tip better than the other or are they both just as good.

I found the rounded tip better at allowing an angle of usage rather than just straight on (mouthstick perpendicular to screen)

4) How did you mount the tablet/Phone to use the mouth stick.

Possum stand with adapter to fit to the back of a plastic hardcase with matching adapter fitting on a metal bracket

Stand: http://www.possum.co.uk/product/78

Hardcase: (from mobilefun.com)

5) Are they value for money?

Not particularly cheap but better than alternatives of similar price

6) Are the tips durable. Do they last a reasonable time. (Appreciate it will be difficult to answer this initially.)

no sign of wear as of yet

parking fines and accessible technology

Frustratingly had to pay another parking fine to Westminster. It was in Shaftesbury Avenue and my appeal based on the grounds that the number of parking spaces available for non-resident disabled people around Shaftesbury Avenue is unreasonably low was refused. I still feel it’s unreasonable to expect disabled people to travel long distances without a personal vehicle (which is what is required if you want to go out in the West End it seems). No “not yet disabled person” (as my friend Brian O’Shea calls able-bodied people) is expected to rely solely on bus transport (the only really accessible mode of public transport in London for people with high levels of immobility), otherwise we would spend all day travelling. There are no taxis that are roomy enough for someone tall in a powered wheelchair and most wheelchair-bound people know that “accessibility” and “the underground” don’t belong in the same sentence. rant over.

Remote control dimmest switches are up in the bedroom and almost fully working from the wheelchair via the infrared transceiver activated from the head switch control. Battling with the iPhone trying to get it working through speech recognition on the PC, waiting in anticipation for the Perrero switch adapter from RSL Steeper which will allow me to finally use a high-performance phone from my wheelchair.

Still waiting for a demonstration on the new etac (formerly Balder) wheelchair. Sales and after sales have never been their strength in my opinion.

Sorry for the (mainly) negative post. Best wishes to all.

Parents with Disabilities

Beth Yarr is setting up a charity to support parents with disabilities. If you are a parent with a disability and would like to be involved, please contact Beth: elizabethWilliamson at hotmail dot com. She welcomes your opinions.

On another note: I’m battling with trying not to pay an extra council tax for the extension, because we occupy some areas of the main house as well. I’m also looking forward to getting door openers and dimmer switches controlled via my infrared transceiver on the wheelchair. The off-road wheelchair should have its control system fixed (to reduce the effect of plate restrictors, made for joystick controls to inhibit forward acceleration whilst turning, these restrictors need to be removed for correct use of the head switch control) this week!!. This improvement will make steering much smoother.

driving adaptions

This is regarding the below article on driving by a tetraplegic. Great to see how much work he puts into it. Sounds like some useful advice on approaches to the various challenges. Probably because of the extra inconvenience of not having any movement in my arms, it’s not one of my highest priorities in terms of independent living. I’m working on controlling door openers and light switches from my chair at the moment, via infrared. Very basic technology but offers good functional improvement to everyday life.