AbleNet continues its' aggressive development of new and enhanced assistive technologies which deliver a powerful range of easy to use communication aids, computer access tools, mobility guidance and environmental controls
St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) October 14, 2009
AbleNet announces the release of several new assistive technology products to be showcased at the REHACARE International Trade Fair and Congress being held in Dusseldorf, Germany from October 13 - 17th. These new products and product enhancements were introduced in the past month, demonstrating the aggressive focus by AbleNet to develop more tools that stimulate learning, improve mobility and facilitate communications which enhance productivity and life satisfaction for people with disabilities.
"AbleNet continues its' aggressive development of new and enhanced assistive technologies which deliver a powerful range of easy to use communication aids, computer access tools, mobility guidance and environmental controls," states Jen Thalhuber, CEO of AbleNet, Inc. "This fall we have introduced several new products and made many enhancements over the year to our popular AT devises such as Impulse™ which now has translated manual instructions in English, German, Spanish and French."
"Last year we introduced the Impulse™ Bluetooth Technology Access device at the REHACARE conference and international response to this 'non-invasive' brain-computer interface has been phenomenal," said Adam Wing, Vice President of International Business at AbleNet, Inc. "It is products such as this and our other assistive technology advances that are being so enthusiastically embraced by our customers worldwide."
The AbleNet featured products include:
Impulse™ Bluetooth Technology Access: This brain-computer interface (BCI) creates a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. Impulse™ is a "non-invasive" BCI technology which is easy to use because it doesn't require being implanted into the brain. The Impulse device, which operates via Bluetooth® technology, picks up the muscle contraction that the brain activates and communicates the instructions to the computer. Impulse is specifically designed for people who suffer from profoundly disabling diseases like ALS, Parkinson's and Cerebral Palsy.
Impulse is a patented, full-service computer access device - not simply a "switch". It uses an electrode to measure Electromyography (EMG) - or minute muscle contraction - allowing very small movements to control computer devices. Impulse accesses the computer using software installed and configured during the set-up process. The device gives the user the ability to control such tasks as typing and mouse movement by using any muscle the person chooses.
Twenty two year ALS survivor and early Impulse adopter, David Jayne, uses Impulse to manage his daily living with only the slight muscle control he has left on his forehead. Go to the following link to see the video of David Jayne using the Impulse to order pizza, conduct business meetings and navigate around his home.
Bluetooth® wireless connectivity allows caregivers to attend to other needs without being hampered by wires or disturbing switch alignment. Bluetooth® also allows the user to remain connected to the computer even while being transported short distances, such as going to another room.
TalkingBrix™: This newly introduced device is a simple, affordable way to build personal communications messages that can perform a range of daily tasks such as using one Brix for personal reminders, or attach several to create simple, scalable communication grids. Talking Brix are thin, light communicators with built-in magnets, perfect for carrying in a pocket, or placing around the room! For table-top users, Talking Brix uses an ingenious tab and slot connector to link to other Brix.
Hitch Computer Switch Interface: This plug-and-play switch interface brings AbleNet ease of use to Windows and Macintosh users alike. With no software setup, Hitch is immediately ready to deliver five sets of functions to as many as five switches at a time. Rows of functions are chosen with a single push of a button.
Hitch easily delivers up, down, left, right and enter controls to the switches and includes a row of functions designed to access the keyboard's F3, F5, F7 and F8 keys for use with accessibility software and macros.
AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids, such as switches and wheelchair mounting devices for people who require physical supports; and special education classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. The products are represented in more than 60 countries and used in hundreds of thousands of classrooms in the United States and across the globe. AbleNet is an ESOP company located in Roseville, Minnesota. For more information visit http://www.ablenetinc.com.
CONTACT: Kris Sundberg: 612-332-4222
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