integrated wheelchair controls comparison document

Comparison of Integrated Control Systems
An integrated control is a device that enables a single control interface, such as a switch or joystick, to operate two or more assistive
devices. The following table provides a comparison of the integrated controls for powered mobility that are currently available in Australia.
These integrated controls allow the user to drive a powered chair, operate a speech-generating device, control their environment and in
some cases, control computer mouse movement and powered chair actuators.
Features
MODULES
(STANDARD)
ADDITIONAL MODULES
DX IRIS
• Specialty controls
remote (SCR)
• DX bus 4-way socket
• DX IRIS
• DX power module
• Joystick/switch/etc
The DX PCMR or
GEWA mouse/
keyboard interface is
required for computer
access
WiseDX
• Main unit
• Display unit
• DX power module
• DX G80 master
remote
• Joystick/switch/etc
The GEWA mouse/
keyboard interface is
required for computer
access
SRS100/Q-Controls
Penny & Giles
• SRS 100 controller
• Penny & Giles power
module
• Penny & Giles Pilot+
or Omni+
• Switch (if required)
Dynamics
• SRS 100 controller
• DX SCR
• DX Power Module
• DX ECU
• Joystick/switch/etc
The P&G headway
mouse emulator is
required for computer
access
ClickToGo
Genie Joystick
• Main unit
• DX power module
• Switch(es)
• Main unit
• DX power module
A PROG III or other
switch operated
device is required for
environmental control
A PROG III or other
switch operated
device is required for
environmental control
& the GEWA mouse/
keyboard interface is
supplied for computer
access
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Features
WiseDX
SRS100/Q-Controls
Additional modules to
be mounted on the
chair are the 4-way
socket, SCR and IRIS.
The SCR may require
a custom mount to
position it in the visual
field of the user.
Additional modules to
be mounted on the chair
are the main unit and
display.
The display may require
a custom mount to
position it in the visual
field of the user.
Penny & Giles
Additional module to
be mounted on the
chair is the SRS 100.
This may require a
custom mount to
position it in the visual
field of the user.
Dynamics
Additional modules to
be mounted on the
chair are the SRS100
& SCR .
These may require a
custom mount to
position them in the
visual field of the user
CONTROL DEVICE
Any Dynamics
secondary control
device can be used,
• Standard joystick
• Heavy duty joystick
• 1-5 switch input
device
• Finger control
• Sip & puff
Any Dynamics
secondary control
device can be used,
• Standard joystick
• Heavy duty joystick
• 1-6 switches
• Finger control
• Sip & puff
• Joystick
• Remote joystick
• 1-5 switch input
device
• Sip & puff
• 1-5 switches
• An additional
attendant control can
be connected
• Joystick (any
Dynamics joystick can
be used as the genie
can be supplied as a
controller without a
joystick)
• 2 switches can be
connected for function
buttons
CONTROL SYSTEM
Dynamics
Dynamics
Dynamics or Penny &
Giles
Dynamics
Dynamics
The WiseDX contains a
GEWA PROG III, which
is a trainable infra-red
remote, so it can control
any IR device
The SRS 100 is a
universal IR remote.
IR codes for hundreds
of different devices
can be loaded into the
SRS.
The ClickToGo does
not have built in
environmental control,
but can be interfaced
to any switch
controlled IR control.
(eg GEWA PROG)
The Genie does not
have built in
environmental control,
but can be interfaced
to any switch
controlled IR control.
(eg GEWA PROG)
MOUNTING
REQUIREMENTS
INFRA-RED CONTROL
DX IRIS
The IRIS contains a
GEWA PROG III,
which is a trainable
infra-red remote, so it
can control any IR
device
ClickToGo
The ClickToGo
replaces the existing
joystick on the
wheelchair.
This may require a
custom mount to
position it in the visual
field of the user.
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Genie Joystick
The Genie Joystick
simply replaces the
existing joystick on the
wheelchair.
Features
DISPLAY
VISIBILITY
AUDIBLE FEEDBACK
ITEMS THAT CAN BE
CONTROLLED OR
INTEGRATED
DX IRIS
WiseDX
SRS100/Q-Controls
ClickToGo
Genie Joystick
Eight high intensity
LEDs are arranged in
a circular pattern
indicating possible
drive directions. A
further 3 LEDs
indicate system
modes.
Poor in bright sunlight
A 7 segment display
indicates the
operating mode
Backlit LED display
with relatively small
custom text
LED Alpha numeric
display, 8-characters
max plus a graphical
display that depicts
various modes using
different colours &
patterns
LCD screen.
Picture Based menu
with some text
Poor in bright sunlight
Poor in bright sunlight
None
Associated with each
direction on the scanner
is a beep, with a
different noise for each
direction and for other
mode selections.
Poor in bright sunlight
When scanning
through the menu the
system has an audible
beep. There is also a
different sound
associated with
selections
• Wheelchair
- Driving
- Seat Actuators
• IR operated devices
• Computer (via DXPMCR)
• Communication
device
• Wheelchair
- Driving
• IR operated devices
• Computer (via GEWA
mouse/ keyboard
interface)
• Communication
device
• Wheelchair
- Driving
- Seat Actuators
• IR operated devices
• Computer (via
headway mouse
emulator receiver)
• Communication
device
Poor in bright sunlight
When scanning the
system has an audible
beep that can be
disabled if desired.
None
• Wheelchair
- Driving
- Seat Actuators
• Switch operated
environmental control
device
• Switch operated
communication device
• Wheelchair
- Driving
- Seat Actuators
• Switch operated
environmental control
device
• Computer (via
GEWA mouse/
keyboard interface)
• Switch operated
communication device
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Features
DX IRIS
WiseDX
SRS100/Q-Controls
ClickToGo
Genie Joystick
COMPUTER ACCESS
• The IRIS transmits
IR signals to the
PCMR, enabling the
user to control the
mouse using their
wheelchair control
device.
• The GEWA
mouse/keyboard
interface can also be
used with the IRIS for
cordless control of the
mouse.
• The IRIS does not
allow for single switch
scanning for mouse
access
• If text is required an
on-screen keyboard
will be needed.
• The wiseDx transmits
IR signals to the GEWA
mouse/keyboard
interface, enabling the
user to control the
mouse or keyboard
using their wheelchair
control device.
• The wiseDX does not
have a scanning mouse
facility
• The wiseDX does not
allow for single switch
scanning for mouse
access
• If text is required an
on-screen keyboard will
be needed.
• The SRS transmits
IR signals to the PC
mouse emulator
(made by P+G),
enabling the user to
control the mouse
using their wheelchair
control device.
• A computer can be
accessed using
scanning, allowing for
step scanning, auto
scan or inverse scan.
• The scan speeds
and parameters are
programmable.
• If text is required an
on-screen keyboard
will be needed.
• The ClickToGo can
be connected to a
wireless switch and
used in association
with a switch interface
and appropriate
scanning software to
allow for single switch
computer access.
• The ClickToGo does
not allow for single
switch scanning for
mouse access
• If text is required an
on-screen keyboard
will be needed.
• The Genie transmits
IR signals to the
GEWA
mouse/keyboard
interface, enabling the
user to control the
mouse or keyboard
using their wheelchair
control device.
• An on-screen
keyboard is provided if
text is required
The menu is text
based; hence a level
of literacy is required.
It is also necessary to
access up to 3 levels
of commands to
operate a single
device.
Quite a high cognitive
level is required to
navigate menus.
The menu is text based,
with additional patterns.
A level of literacy is
required to navigate
complex menus, but
simpler menus may be
accessed using pattern
recognition. It is also
necessary to access
two to three levels of
commands to operate a
single device.
Quite a high cognitive
level is required to
navigate the menus
The Menu is picture
based allowing for
semi-customisation of
icon size. It uses easy
to recognise pictures
and small combined
text make up its
multiple layers of
menus.
A medium to high
cognitive level is
required to navigate
the menus
The ClickToGo uses a
simple array of icons
to represent various
functions.
A medium cognitive
level is required.
No formal literacy is
required.
The Genie uses a 7segment display to
represent various
modes. Whilst this
does use numbers to
represent modes,
users can use pattern
recognition to identify
modes.
A medium to high
cognitive level is
required.
No formal literacy is
required.
USER COGNITIVE
REQUIREMENTS
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Features
PROGRAMMING
(SETUP)
DX IRIS
The SCR menus are
programmed and
modified on a PC
using the Dynamic
Wizard.
A qualified technician
is required to program
and setup the system
PRICE
*setup & support costs
will vary for different
users & configurations
~ $5000 (base
package) + setup &
support*
WiseDX
Programs &
modifications are
performed using
accompanying ‘wiseUP’
software.
Initial setup also
requires programming
of the DX wheelchair
controller, using the
Dynamic Wizard.
A qualified technician is
required to program and
setup the system.
$7499 (hardware)
+ setup & support *
The wiseDX is not sold
without a
comprehensive set-up
and support package
SRS100/Q-Controls
ClickToGo
Initial setup requires
programming using
the Dynamic Wizard.
The SRS100 menus
are programmed and
modified using the
SRS Management
software.
A qualified technician
is required to program
and setup the system
After this
programming of the
ClickToGo is carried
out on the device
itself.
A qualified technician
is required to program
and setup the system.
Minor changes to scan
speeds & patterns are
easily adjusted by a
therapist.
~$10000-$11000
(base package) +
setup & support*
$2950 + setup &
support + extra for
ECU
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Genie Joystick
Initial setup requires
programming using
the Dynamic Wizard.
After this
programming of the
Genie is carried out
on the device itself.
A qualified technician
is required to program
and setup the system.
Minor changes to
switch inputs &
ECU/computer
functions can be
adjusted by a
therapist.
$3750 + setup &
support + extra for
ECU
Features
DX IRIS
WiseDX
SRS100/Q-Controls
ClickToGo
The ClickToGo is
marketed in Australia
by Spectronics
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
The system is supplied
in South Australia by
any supplier of the
dynamics controllers.
Rollerchair provide
technical support and
setup with the unit
Home Health
Equipment Pty Ltd
Craig Bowman
818 Port Road
Woodville SA 5011
Ph: 8244 5900
The WiseDX is
marketed in Australia by
Spectronics
Purchase set-up and
technical support is
provided by NovitaTech
www.novitatech.org.au
NovitaTech
PO Box 2438
Regency Park, SA,
5942
Ph. 1300 85 55 85
The Q-control is
distributed in Australia
by Pride Mobility.
Pride can be
contacted to locate a
local dealer.
Pride Mobility
Products
21 Healey Rd
Dandenong, Vic 3175
Ph. (03) 9706 4611
It is manufactured in
Ireland by Unique
Perspectives
www.click2go.ie
First in technical
support will be
provided by
Spectronics or other
approved ClickToGo
centres in Australia or
NZ.
Additional support will
be available through
Brian Dillon on email:
info@click2go.ie
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Genie Joystick
The Genie Joystick is
marketed in Australia
by Spectronics
It is manufactured in
Ireland by Unique
Perspectives
www.click2go.ie
First in technical
support will be
provided by
Spectronics or other
approved ClickToGo
centres in Australia or
NZ.
Additional support will
be available through
Brian Dillon on email:
info@click2go.ie