Unique Perspectives HouseMate User manual

User Manual
February 2014
ClickToPhone/HouseMate
the Smart way to control your world
Software version 90
Features:Answer and make calls
Read and write SMS messages
Play music files
Take photographs and view pictures
Text-to-speech feedback and communication
Scan using switches, joystick or the touch screen
Environmental control using HouseMate hardware
Call bell output
User data backup to SD card
Important Notes:
1. This manual assumes that you are familiar with the operation of an Android SmartPhone and should be
read in conjunction with its user manual.
2. Read this manual carefully before installing or operating your ClickToPhone/HouseMate.
3. Due to continuous product improvement Unique Perspectives reserves the right to update this Manual.
This Manual supersedes all previous issues which must not continue to be used.
4. Any attempt to gain access to or in any way abuse the electronic components of the
ClickToPhone/HouseMate renders the manufacturer’s warranty void and the Manufacturer free from
liability.
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Contents
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Introduction
1.
Getting Started
1.1 Downloading the software
1.2 Installation Wizard
1.3 Installing the ClickToPhone apk bundle
1.4 Setup Wizard
1.5 Pairing the HID
1.6 Optmising your phone’s settings
1.7 Normal operating procedure
1.8 Disabling the phone’s Home key
1.9 Choosing Stand alone mode
1.10 Reconfiguring the HID
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Homepage
2.1 Selecting a user level
2.2 Homepage options
2.3 Editing the homepage
2.4 Appearance Options
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Basic Operation & Scanning Methods
3.1 Selecting a Scanning Method
3.2 Other Scanning Options
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Contacts
4.1 Dialing a Contact
4.2 Writing a Text
4.3 Phrasebook
4.4 Managing Contacts
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Messages
5.1 Viewing SMS messages
5.2 Conversations
5.3 Deleting an SMS
5.4 Re-Sending a Draft
5.5 Adding to contacts
5.6 Forwarding a message
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Phone
6.1 Dialing a Number
6.2 Call History
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Emergency Alarns
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Reminders
8.1 Using Reminders
8.2 Managing Reminders
8.3 Selecting a reminder photo
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8.4 Selecting a sound
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9.
Text to speech
9.1 Using text to speech
9.2 Using a 3rd party Aac app
9.3 Using an external Aac device
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Music
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Photo Album
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Camera
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Clock
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Applications
14.1 Launching another Application
14.2 Numeric and Text keyboards
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Mouse Pointer mode
15.1 Mouse pointer mode
15.2 Keyboard mode
15.3 Virtual mouse pointer
15.4 Automatic pointer mode
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Favorites
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Internet
17.1 Browsing the internet
17.2 Moving the mouse pointer
17.3 Creating bookmarks and entering URLs
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Phone Settings
18.1 Phone Settings
18.2 Go to sleep
18.3 Editing your settings
18.4 Restoring backups
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HouseMate
19.1 Using HouseMate
19.2 Editing a Cell
19.3 Editing a Grid
19.4 Creating and populating a new grid
19.4.1 Importing a grid template
19.4.2 Using the wizard
19.4.3 Populating a grid one cell at a time
19.4.4 Difference between commands and InfraRed signals
19.5 Recording an InfraRed signal
19.5.1 Recording a toggle signal
19.5.2 Recording a macro
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19.5.3 Recording a macro with OK command
19.5.4 Recording a push button code
19.6 Using the signal databases
19.7 Examining the InfraRed Macros
19.7 Erasing InfraRed signals
19.8 Advanced Settings
19.9 EasyWave
19.10 Z-Wave
19.11 Alarms
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Hardware Settings
20.1 ClickToPhone hardware settings
20.2 HouseMate hardware settings
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Backup & Restore & Factory Reset
21.1 Backing up your project
21.2 Restoring a backup
21.3 Advanced backup management
21.4 Factory reset
21.5 Recreating the word prediction file
21.6 Recreating the Phrasebook
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Status Reporting
22.1 Report frequency and timeout
22.2 SMS reports
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Connections
23.1 ClickToPhone connections & battery
23.2 HouseMate & HouseMate+ connections
23.3 HouseMatePro connections
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Hardware specifications
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Intended use, Safety and Misuse Warnings
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Maintenance
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CE Marking
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Warranty & Sales and Service Information
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Annex 1: Quick Guide
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Introduction
Imagine being able to do everything from one device: Turn on your room lights
and close the curtains. Change channels on your TV and turn up the heating.
Answer a phone call and send some texts. Browse the Internet, play some music
or watch YouTube. HouseMate hardware in combination with the ClickToPhone
App enables you to do this and much more. Read on and discover why this
solution, together with an Android smart-phone or tablet is the smart way to
control your world.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
HouseMate/ClickToPhone is a combined hardware/app solution that enables a
switch user to fully control their Android smart-phone or tablet and use it to
operate other equipment in their home or work environment using InfraRed,
EasyWave or Z-Wave signals.
TELL ME ABOUT
THE HARDWARE
The hardware is controlled using the built-in switch or by connecting an external
switch or joystick. It can also be interfaced to R-Net, DX and Curtis wheelchair
control systems.
It is powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and contains a powerful omnidirectional InfraRed transmitter and a Bluetooth radio module.
The hardware communicates the switch presses to the app on the smart-phone.
The app, called ClickToPhone, uses intuitive scanning techniques and a rich
graphical interface to present different options to the user. If the user chooses an
environmental control option then ClickToPhone will instruct the HouseMate
hardware to transmit the corresponding InfraRed code.
The Bluetooth connection between the phone and HouseMate is reliable and
fast. When the user presses their switch the phone wakes up immediately and is
ready for use.
HouseMate can be fitted with a radio frequency Nurse call pager. This alarm can
be activated at anytime by pressing the switch for a defined period of time.
Importantly this feature is independent of the SmartPhone and Bluetooth
connection.
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A further possibility is the control of EasyWave or Z-wave devices. HouseMate
can be fitted with an EasyWave transmitter on request. Z-wave requires the
installation of a Z-wave enabled router such as a Vera 3 and Z-wave appliances
such as sockets, light switches, thermostats etc. The phone communicates with
the Vera using Wifi which in turn communicates with the appliances using Zwave.
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TELL ME ABOUT
THE APP
ClickToPhone is an Android app that has been specially designed for switch
access and can be downloaded free from Google play. It will run on any device
running Android 2.2 or higher.
ClickToPhone is a comprehensive user interface that simplifies and integrates
the functions of a SmartPhone together with environmental control seamlessly
into one package.
With a single switch a user can make calls, send and receive texts, view pictures,
play music, access the internet and much more.
USE IT AS A
MOBILE PHONE...
Wake up the phone, answer and make
calls, send and receive SMS text
Messages. Manage and edit contacts.
View missed calls and check your voice
Mail.
USE IT AS AN
ENVIRONMENTAL
CONTROL...
16 grids fully customizable for size and
content. Comprehensive set of 600+
symbols with ability to import photographs
and other pictures. 250 IR codes can be
recorded into HouseMate or choose from
a database of commonly used codes.
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USE IT FOR VOICE
OUTPUT...
ClickToPhone can be used to speak a
message using the text-to-speech
feature. A variety of voices in different
languages are available from Google play
and voice output can also be used for
auditory scanning and prompts
USE IT FOR
SECURITY...
Besides HouseMate’s ability to activate a
nurse call system, ClickToPhone
offers additional security by being able to
send an SMS to a pre-defined number
with a link to a Google map showing the
user’s last known location.
USE IT AS A
PERSONAL
ORGANISER...
The Reminders feature can be used to
remind a user of upcoming events using
symbols, photos and text. Reminders can
be scheduled to go off at intervals before
an event to ensure that a user has plenty
of time to plan and prepare.
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USE IT FOR
FUN AND
ENJOYMENT...
Switch accessible MP3 player? Switch
accessible camera? Switch accessible
Internet? Yes, yes and yes! And if there is
something you can’t do within
ClickToPhone you can download and
control any app thanks to HouseMate’s
support of Android’s HID profile.
WHAT ARE THE
KEY FEATURES?
Hardware features
Control of any device that can be operated by InfraRed signals including
light switches, power sockets, bed controls and door openers.
Powerful InfraRed learn/transmit hardware. Single codes, toggle codes,
macros and safety codes can be recorded.
Pre-recorded database of common InfraRed signals including GEWA,
Possum, Siemens KNX, FellerBeamIt, UPC and SKY.
Control of EasyWave devices with a built-in 32 channel RF transmitter.
Control of Z-wave devices over Wifi using a Vera Z-wave router.
Can be fitted with an internal radio frequency nurse call pager.
Single switch, two switch and joystick inputs.
Interface cables for R-Net and DX wheelchair control systems.
Direct wireless control from a compatible Curtis Instruments joystick.
Long-life rechargeable Li-Ion battery with mini USB charger.
Audible low battery warning, Bluetooth connection, InfraRed transmit and
charging status LEDs.
Control of an external device using relay output.
Software features
Primary functions: Wake-up, answer/make calls, send/receive texts,
environmental control.
Secondary functions: Music player, photo album, camera, internet,
reminders, location.
Scanning options: Automatic, short click, two switch, adjustable scanning
speed, acceptance time,
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Auditory scanning and many other programmable options.
Voice output for text-to-speech, auditory scanning and read-out of SMS
messages. Voice recognition for environmental control.
Word prediction and word anticipation. Localized into different languages.
Control over all Apps on Google Play guaranteed using HouseMate’s HID
mouse and an Android device supporting the HID (Human Interface
Device) profile.
ClickToPhone can be downloaded free from Google play with automatic
updating as new versions become available.
Can be installed on any device running Android 2.2 or higher including TV
dongles. This allows the use of large HDMI screens for people with visual
impairments.
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Getting started
Note: If you have purchased a complete system from your supplier, including a
phone, then the steps below have probably already been carried out. In this case
all you need to do is confirm that your Bluetooth hardware connects with your
phone when you press your switch or joystick. See section 1.7 “Normal
Operating procedure” below.
1.1
Downloading the software
Install ClickToPhone from the Android Market.
Search for ClickToPhone and click the install button.
Alternatively you can install from our website. Launch a browser on your phone
and follow the instructions at
http://www.click2go.ie/resources/manuals/clicktophone-android-app/
1.2
Installation Wizard
Now, open the application and let the Installation wizard guide you through the
following steps:
Installation Wizard Step 1: Input Method Check
ClickToPhone is a soft-keyboard app. Ensure that ClickToPhone is enabled as
and input method and then press the Back key.
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Installation Step 2: Activate as Device Administrator
ClickToPhone needs Device Administrator privileges in order to turn off the
screen. Click on the Activate button.
Installation Step 3: Disable Screen Lock
For reliable wake-up using your switch or joystick across all Android devices and
versions we recommend that you disable the screen lock. Click on the Continue
button. Then choose Screen Lock and the ensure that it is set to none. When
you are finished press the Back key.
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Installation Step 4: Select Input Method
Now, to start the main ClickToPhone application, you must select it as the current
input method. Click on the Continue button and then choose ClickToPhone
from the input method picker dialog. After a moment ClickToPhone should begin.
1.3
Installing the ClickToPhone bundle of Apps
Now you should be prompted as to whether or not you want to install the apk
bundle. ClickToPhone has been optimized to work with a set of default apps.
Click on the Yes button to start the installation process.
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Android Music
In Expert mode ClickToPhone uses this app for playing music files. Click OK to
install it. When the installation is finished click Done (not Open) to move onto the
next app.
QuickPic
In Expert mode ClickToPhone uses this app for looking at pictures. Click OK to
install it. When the installation is finished click Done to move onto the next app.
QuickSnap
ClickToPhone uses this app to take pictures. Click OK to install it.
DeskClockPlus
ClickToPhone uses this app to show you the time. Click OK to install it.
OperaMini
In Expert mode ClickToPhone uses this app to browse the Internet.
Mood ICS
This is an optional live wallpaper that you can use as a background.
1.4
Setup Wizard
After the apk bundle has been installed you should be prompted to run the setup
wizard. Click Yes.
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Setup Wizard Step 1: Choose a user level
Four different user levels are available. Choose the one that is most suitable.
You can always change this again at a later stage as you become more
competent with the software.
Setup Wizard Step 2: Choose the homepage contents
Depending on the user level you selected a set of possible homepage items will
be displayed. Choose the items you want to be in the homepage by clicking on
them.
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Setup Wizard Step 3: Choose the homepage style
The homepage can be styled as a grid or a list. Choose the style you prefer.
Setup Wizard Step 4: Choose the App theme
The appearance of the ClickToPhone app is highly customizable. Four example
themes are available to get started with.
You can change the colors and font sizes and other settings at a later stage
under Project Settings->Preferences->Appearance. For now, choose the
theme you prefer.
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Setup Wizard Step 5: Choose a scanning method
The scanning method is how you are going to control the app. Choose the
scanning method that best suits your ability and input device. If you choose
Automatic scanning you will be prompted to choose a scanning speed also.
Setup Wizard Step 6: Pairing your hardware
The final step is to pair your hardware with the phone. Click on the Continue
button to be brought to the phone’s Bluetooth settings.
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Follow these steps:
1. Ensure that Bluetooth is switched on.
2. Turn on your HouseMate or ClickToPhone hardware by pressing a
connected switch
3. Click on the Scan for devices option
4. After a moment you should see your device appear in the list of available
devices.
5. Click on the device. The PIN code will be entered automatically, you will
be brought back to the ClickToPhone homepage, and your hardware
should connect automatically.
Note 1: On some devices (Android 4.3 and 4.4) the PIN code may not enter
automatically. In this case type “1234” manually, and after the pairing has been
made, press the back key to return to ClickToPhone.
Note 2: It is critical that you have charged your HouseMate device for at least 1
hour before you attempt to make your first pairing.
Note 3: You can re-run the Setup Wizard at any time by pressing the menu key
and then choosing Project Settings->Setup Wizard. Further options are
available under Preferences.
If the pairing and connection was successful the ClickToPhone status should
have change from Connecting to Hardware… to Connected. Press your switch
and confirm that software starts scanning down through the list items.
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Note that the hardware will automatically disconnect after a period of time if you
have made no switch presses. This is completely normal behavior and should not
be confused with a fault condition.
1.5
Pairing the HID (Human Interface Device)
If you wish to use Expert mode and access all Apps then there is a second
Bluetooth pairing to be made. HouseMatePro contains a second Bluetooth
module called a HID that gives you full control over the Android mouse pointer,
thereby allowing you to manipulate any app installed on your phone.
Ensure that HouseMate is on and connected. Then press the menu key and
then choose Project Settings->Preferences->Bluetooth Setup->Bluetooth
settings to be brought back to the phone’s Bluetooth settings. Click on the Scan
for devices option and after a moment you should see a new available device
called HouseMate HID Mouse.
Click on this item and after a moment it should automatically pair. On some
devices this may take 2 or even 3 attempts and a fully charged battery is critical
for this discover/pairing process to work smoothly.
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If successful, the Bluetooth icon in the status bar will either turn blue or have 2
horizontal lines either side of it. Click the Back key to return to ClickToPhone.
Your HID is now ready for use and you will be able to move a crosshairs on the
screen and perform gestures and clicks. When your hardware turns off the HID
will automatically re-connect when it is turned on again. This is confirmed by a
flash of the two Bluetooth LEDs on your HouseMatePro hardware.
Note: The HID functions are only available when the user level is set to Expert
and that the Android Mouse pointer function is only available on tablets and
premium phones running 3.0 or higher.
1.6
Optimising your phone settings
Go to SettingsPower and then UNCHECK Enable power saver.
Go to SettingsSound and then UNCHECK Touch sounds.
Go to SettingsDisplay->Screen timeout and then select 1 minute.
Go to SettingsSecurity and ensure that the SIM card lock is DISABLED.
1.7
Normal operating procedure
While your Bluetooth hardware is off, the ClickToPhone status will constantly
switch between Connecting to Hardware… and No Hardware found as the
software continually checks to see if you have turned on your Bluetooth hardware
or not. Once you have turned on your hardware, by pressing your switch, the
connection should be made within 4 seconds, the phone should wake up and the
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ClickToPhone status should change from Connecting to Hardware… to
Connected.
The normal procedure to start using ClickToPhone is as follows:
1. Turn on your Bluetooth hardware by pressing your switch or joystick. After a
moment the ClickToPhone status should change from Connecting to
Hardware… to Connected and you should hear the Bluetooth connected
sound.
On ClickToPhone hardware the orange status light will go out.
On HouseMatePro hardware the two Bluetooth LEDs should light up. If you
have paired the HID these LEDs will flash again after approximately 2
seconds when the HID module has also connected.
Finally, if Automatic Scanning is enabled, a scan of the symbols in the
homepage will begin.
2. If the phone fails to find the hardware you will get a No Hardware found
message in the notification area.
3. After you have connected, the hardware will automatically disconnect after a
period of time if you have made no switch presses. This is completely normal
behavior and should not be confused with a fault condition.
The powerdown time varies between devices. For ClickToPhone it can be set
to between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. For HouseMatePro it can be set to 1
minute, 5 mins and Never. See the chapter 20 for further details on this and
other hardware options.
1.7
Disabling the phone’s Home key
In normal circumstances the ClickToPhone application will remain in the
foreground. However if the phone’s home key is pressed then it will disappear.
To restart ClickToPhone simply press your switch and it will reappear after a
moment. Alternatively you can enable ClickToPhone to be the phone’s Launcher
app, effectively disabling the home key. Go to Project Settings->Preferences>Behavior preferences->Soft keys->Home Key. Follow the instructions on
the screen to disable the home key.
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1.8 Choosing Stand alone mode
If you are not using any hardware you can set the software to stand alone mode
by choosing Stand alone mode from the menu options in the ClickToPhone
homepage. The software will no longer try to connect to hardware and will
consequently save battery power.
It is important to avoid entering stand alone mode by accident as the user will not
be able to connect to the phone when in this mode. To return to normal operation
choose Connect to hardware from the menu options.
If you are concerned that stand alone mode might be selected inadvertently then
you might consider disabling the menu key. Choose Project Settings>Preferences->Behavior preferences->Soft keys->Disable Menu key.
Once disabled, you can only re-enable the menu key temporarily by holding the
back key for 10 seconds. Alternatively go to the phone’s settings app and
choosing Language and input->ClickToPhone settings.
1.9 Reconfiguring the HID module
Some Android versions (pre ICS and post JB) support the HID in Combi mode.
Combi means combination indicating that the HID module acts as a keyboard
and a mouse. This mode is useful for controlling popup menus and system
dialogs with genuine keyboard keys which otherwise have no effect on these
windows. If you wish to use the HID in Combi mode follow the instructions below
to change it from a HID Mouse only to a HID Combi.
Reconfiguring the HID as a Combi device
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1. First unpair the HID Mouse. Choose Project Settings->Preferences>Bluetooth Setup->Bluetooth settings. Click on the HouseMate HID
Mouse entry (if any) and then choose unpair.
2. Restart your phone.
3. Turn on your HouseMatePro hardware and ensure that it is connected. Then
choose Project Settings from the menu option of the ClickToPhone
homepage and then choose Preferences->HID preferences->Advanced
setup options.
4. Set the HID mode to Mouse/Keyboard Combi. Then select Initialize
HID and enter the password “4321”. You should hear a long beep from your
HouseMate hardware as the Bluetooth module is re-initialised.
5. Restart your phone again.
6. When ClickToPhone starts again and your hardware has connected choose
Preferences->Bluetooth Setup->Bluetooth settings.
4. The phone’s Bluetooth settings window will appear. Choose scan, and, after
a moment, if your hardware is on and connected, the HouseMate HID
Combi entry will appear. Continue as in section 1.5 previously and make a
pairing.
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Setup Wizard
Project Settings->Preferences->User level
Project Settings->Preferences->Appearance preferences
Project Settings->Preferences->Behavior preferences->Soft keys
Project Settings->Preferences->HID preferences->Advanced setup
options
Project Settings->Preferences->Bluetooth preferences
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ClickToPhone Homepage
The ClickToPhone homepage is the starting point for all your interactions with
your Android SmartPhone. The ClickToPhone homepage is essentially a list of
applications that you can select and subsequently control using the
ClickToPhone soft keyboards or soft keys. Which applications are listed in the
homepage will vary greatly from user to user and depend principally upon the
user level setting but also some other preferences. Chapters 4 – 18 explain how
to use each of the 15 applications.
The image below is a screen shot from a Samsung SII in portrait mode showing
all 15 possible homepage items plus 3 application shortcuts. You can use the
wizard to choose the user level and the default homepage items. In technician
mode you can edit the homepage directly and insert and remove items. To
enable technician mode choose Project Settings->Enable Technician Mode.
To edit, insert or remove an item make a long click on the item until the Edit
homepage popup appears. See section 2.3 below for more details on editing the
homepage.
2.1
Selecting a User Level
As already discussed, there are four different user levels possible within
ClickToPhone. Each user level has a different level of complexity and
functionality and the ClickToPhone homepage will change accordingly. It is
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important to set the user level to match your needs and abilities. You can always
change the user level at a later stage as you become used to ClickToPhone and
add more complexity.
To choose a user level select Project Settings from the ClickToPhone menu
options. Then select Preferences->User Level. Select the user level you desire
from the following list of options.
2.2
Homepage Options
The ClickToPhone homepage can be customized to suit a user’s needs and
abilities by including and excluding different applications.
The table below shows you which applications are available for each of the four
user level settings. Note that the Reminders, Text my location, Text To
Speech, HouseMate and Go to sleep/Phone Settings options are available in
every user level but will only appear if selected to. The simplest possible setup,
for example, is a Beginner with only the Contacts entry in the Homepage.
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Expert
Contacts
Starred
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Messages
Phone
Emergency
Alarm
Reminders
Text To Speech
HouseMate
Internet
Music
Gallery
Camera
Clock
Favorites
Applications
Go to sleep
Phone Settings
By far the simplest way to choose the Homepage content is to run the Setup
Wizard and choose Finish Now after you have chosen the homepage options.
See section 1.4 for further details.
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Editing the Homepage
Before you can edit the homepage you must enable technician mode. Choose
Project Settings->Enable Technician Mode. Then you can make a long click
on any homepage item until the Edit homepage dialog appears.
This dialog allows you to edit the contents of the homepage and quickly access
the preferences relating to any homepage item. It is the primary method of
configuring your project and it is important that you become familiar with its
content.
Edit homepage options
Setup Wizard launches the setup wizard. This is the easiest way to choose the
user level and the homepage items. Note that if you have re-ordered the
homepage items, running the wizard may re-arrange items to the default order.
See section 1.4 for more details on using the Setup Wizard.
Appearance brings you to the appearance preferences related to the Homepage
and the entire application. See section 2.4 below.
Re-order items allows you to re-order the homepage items two at a time.
Simply press the item you want to move and then press where you want to move
it to. The two items are swapped. When you are finished press the menu key to
exit re-order mode and be able to select homepage items normally.
Remove item removes the currently selected item.
Insert new item allows you to insert a new item, at the current location, from the
list of available items into the homepage. Note that the list of available items will
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vary depending on which user level you have selected. Click on the item you
want to insert.
Insert an App allows you to insert a shortcut to an app that is installed on your
phone. This option is only available in the expert user level. When you select it
the list of apps installed on your phone will be displayed. Choose the one you
want and it will be inserted at the current location. Then when you choose the
app in the homepage, and if you are connected to your hardware, ClickToPhone
will automatically start Mouse pointer mode so that you can control the app.
See Chapter 15 for more details on Mouse pointer mode.
Edit item preferences will bring you to the list of preferences related to the item
you selected. For example if you make a long click on the Dialer icon and then
choose Edit item preferences from the Edit homepage dialog then the
Telephony preferences will be shown (as in the screen shot below).
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If you cannot find the preference you are looking for or are more familiar with the
older method of changing options then go to Project Settings->Preferences for
the full list of preferences. The preferences relating to the different homepage
items are discussed in the following chapters.
More preferences will bring you to remaining preferences, not covered by the
above action.
2.3
Appearance Options
There are lots of customization options that allow you to personalize the look of
the ClickToPhone app. To personalize ClickToPhone choose Appearance from
the Edit homepage dialog or choose Project Settings->Preferences>Appearance preferences..
Appearance options
Homepage style sets the style of the homepage to a list or a grid.
Font Size sets the size of the font to be used throughout the whole
ClickToPhone application. This also effects the size of the icons in lists.
Font colors sets the color of the font. There are two colors. One for when the
text is displayed normally and another contrasting color when scanning.
Highlight color sets the color of the keys and list items when you are scanning.
Background color sets the background color of lists, text boxes, buttons and
other screen objects.
Decor color sets the color between screen objects and is normally set the same
as the background color, but can be different in order to highlight the screen
objects. If wallpaper is enabled this setting has no effect.
Icons sets the color of the soft keyboard symbols to either grayscale or full color.
Key background sets the background style of keyboard keys including the cells
of the HouseMate grid. If you are using a wallpaper then try setting the key
background style to semi-transparent or transparent.
Keyboard background sets the background color of the soft keyboard
(between the keys). If you are using a Décor color try setting the keyboard
background color the same for best effect.
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Wallpaper sets the background of the ClickToPhone windows to the system
wallpaper setting. Try using a dark live wallpaper and semi-transparent keys for a
visually stunning effect! Note that Wallpaper will only work on Android ICS and
higher.
Set wallpaper brings you to the system wallpaper picker. Try using the Mood
ICS wallpaper supplied in the ClickToPhone app bundle.
Hide title bar hides the ClickToPhone title bar to make more of the screen
available for lists and content.
Disable status bar hides the notification bar at the top of the phone’s screen.
This simplifies the look and appearance of ClickToPhone and removes
information that could otherwise be confusing for certain users.
Disable notifications prevents the popup notification Connecting to
hardware… etc from appearing when Disable status bar is enabled.
Crosshairs sets the color and thickness of the mouse crosshairs.
Virtual soft keys displays a set of soft keys on the right hand side of the screen
for Home, Menu, Back and Refresh. Enable this option if you are a touch screen
user, or if you use a Bluetooth mouse or Point-It joystick. See section 3.2.6 for
details.
Display Settings brings you to the system’s display settings screen where you
can set screen timeouts, rotation etc.
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Enable Technician Mode
Enable technician mode so that you can make edits to the homepage.
Project Settings->Preferences->Appearance preferences
Appearance of the application.
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3 Basic Operation & Scanning Methods
ClickToPhone is designed primarily for switch users and is intended to be
operated by one, two or five (joystick) suitable external switches using different
scanning techniques. How you operate ClickToPhone will depend principally on
the scanning method but also some other settings that have been chosen.
Scanning refers to the process of highlighting, one after the other, a number of
options and then making a selection when the desired option is highlighted. In
Automatic Scanning mode the options are scanned automatically whilst in Two
Switch or Joystick mode the scanning is under your control.
You can, of course, operate ClickToPhone through the touch screen and there
are some preferences specifically designed to help you with this. If you wish to
use scanning, but not with and external switch, the touch screen can also be
setup as one big switch by setting the Scanning Method preference to Tap the
screen. You can also use Able Net’s Blue 2 switch interface or connect a switch
to the headset switch input on the phone’s headset socket.
The remainder of this chapter describes the different scanning methods and
options and assumes that you have already paired your switch interface
hardware (ClickToPhone or HouseMate hardware) with your phone and that the
Bluetooth connection is made. For details on how to carry out this procedure see
chapter 1.
3.1
Selecting a Scanning Method
To choose a scanning method select More preferences->Scanning
preferences from the Edit Homepage dialog or choose Project Settings>Preferences->Scanning preferences->Scanning Method. Select the
scanning method you desire from the following list of options.
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3.1.1 Automatic Scanning
Automatic scanning is the most common type of scanning and involves just
one switch. Once the ClickToPhone or HouseMate hardware connects to your
phone press your switch once to start scanning and then press it a second time
to make a selection.
If you are scanning a keyboard with more than one row then the rows are
scanned one by one first. When you make a selection the current row is selected
and the individual keys of the row are then scanned. Then, when you press your
switch a second time an individual key is selected.
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Row/Column scanning in the phone dialer application to dial a ‘0’
3.1.2 Short Click Scanning
Short click scanning is also a single switch scanning method but gives you
control over both the scanning and the selection. The scan is advanced by
making short clicks or taps on your switch. Then when you are at the right key or
list item make a long press of your switch to make a selection. Short click
scanning overcomes the anxiety of using automatic scanning by giving you
control over the scanning. It does, however, require a greater amount of switch
activations.
3.1.3 Two Switch
Two switch scanning gives you greater control over both the scanning and the
selection. One switch is used to advance the scan whilst the other is used to
make a selection. Though similar to Short Click Scanning, cognitively, Two
Switch scanning is easier to understand. It does, however, require that you
target two separate switches.
Note: To connect two switches to your HouseMate hardware you need a adapter
lead that converts a stereo jack into two mono jack sockets. For further details on
connections see Chapter 23
3.1.4 Joystick
When you are using Joystick scanning you are in full control of the scanning in
all directions. You can scroll up and down through the lists and navigate
keyboards using the Left, Right, Up and Down deflections of your joystick. To
make a selection press the select button. This is usually a dedicated button on
your wheelchair control or in the case of a switched joystick, a fifth switch.
If you do not have a fifth switch you can use a flick of your joystick as the select
method. To enable this option go to Project Settings->Preferences>Scanning preferences->Wheelchair Interfacing
You can interface HouseMatePro to any wheelchair that has switch outputs
available. These outputs usually require the addition of a switch output module to
your wheelchair. Switch output modules are readily available from DX, R-Net,
other wheelchair electronic suppliers and interface cables are available for these
brands. Contact the supplier of your wheelchair for details.
The joystick switch outputs, usually on a 9 pin D connector, connect to the 5
switch input of HouseMatePro using an interface cable and may vary depending
on the make of your powered wheelchair. For a suitable interface cable contact
technical@click2go.ie or your ClickToPhone agent for ordering information.
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You can also connect a standard switched joystick to HouseMatePro such as a
TASH mini joystick or a Piko Button switch. See chapter 23 for more details on
connections and other wheelchair interfacing options.
3.1.5 Tap the screen
If you do not wish to use an external switch but cannot target the touch screen for
direct access you can use the entire screen as one big switch. This is Tap the
screen mode. The functionality is the same as Automatic Scanning but instead
of pressing an external switch you press anywhere on the touch screen.
3.1.6 Headset switch
This method is intended for demonstration purposes but can also be used in
certain situations where you are using a Beginner or Intermediate user level. Use
the switch on your headset to control automatic scanning. If you wish to use an
ordinary switch connect it to the sleeve and the second ring of the headset i/p.
3.1.7 Using AbleNet’s Blue 2
You can use AbleNet’s Blue 2 switch interface to control ClickToPhone in both
automatic scanning and two switch scanning modes.
To use the Blue 2 device follow the AbleNet’s instructions on how to pair it with
your smartphone. Then, within ClickToPhone, select Blue 2 as the scanning
method by going to Project Settings->Preferences->Scanning preferences>Scanning Method.
Note: In Android Jellybean (4.1, 4.2 and 4.3) it is necessary to restart
ClickToPhone each time you turn on and connect your Blue 2 device. This issue
has been resolved in Android KitKat (4.4).
Note: It you are using a Headset switch or the Blue 2 device then it is not
possible to control the Android mouse pointer. This requires HouseMatePro or
HouseMate+ hardware that contains a dedicated HID module. We recommend,
therefore, that you use these two scanning methods for Beginner, Intermediate
and Advanced user levels only.
3.1.6 Direct Access
Whilst not listed as a scanning method Direct Access is when you wish to
directly access your phone using the touch screen. In this situation you will only
require external hardware if you wish to have environmental control function – i.e.
HouseMate. The HouseMate button is useful nonetheless both for turning on the
phone (which can be difficult depending on the phone’s on/off button
configuration) and for answering or hanging up a call.
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3.2 Other Scanning Options
There are several preferences that enable you to optimize the type of scanning
you are using. To edit the scanning preferences select More preferences>Scanning preferences from the Edit Homepage dialog or choose Project
Settings->Preferences->Scanning preferences->Scanning Method.
3.2.1 Scanning Speed
In Automatic Scanning the Scanning Speed is the rate at which the scan
advances. In Short Click scanning it is the length of time that distinguishes a
short click from a long click. Note that if the scanning method is less than 1
second scanning beeps are disabled.
3.2.2 Scanning Duration
The scanning duration is how long automatic scanning persists for before
stopping. If you set the HouseMate hardware setting Powerdown Time to
Never then you need to also specify a maximum scanning duration otherwise
the scanning will continue indefinitely until you make a selection.
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3.2.3 Acceptance Time
The acceptance time is the length of time an external switch or joystick
deflection must be held for before it is recognised and acted upon. This option
helps to overcome involuntary presses of the switch. When set to 1 second, for
example, you must press and then hold your switch for 1 second before the
scanning will start or a selection is made.
Note that if you are scanning, then the scanning will pause when the switch is
pressed but a selection will only be made after the acceptance time has elapsed.
If you let go your switch before the acceptance time has elapsed then the
scanning will resume from the current position.
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3.2.4 Scanning Beeps
You can disable the beeps when scanning. This option also disables the
notification sounds you hear when you connect or disconnect with the hardware.
3.2.5 Auditory Scanning
ClickToPhone can read out the text and labels of the items you are scanning
instead of making a beep. This can be set to the HouseMate grid only or for the
entire application. Auditory scanning uses the android text-to-speech engine and
there are many voices available in different languages on the Play Store. SVOX
is a good brand to choose from.
Tip: Use this option for training yourself on what the different softkeys do. Then
when you are familiar with them turn it off.
3.2.6 Touch Screen/Mouse features
If you are using the touch screen, a usb pointing device or a Bluetooth mouse
then you need to set the scanning method to Direct access and ensure that the
software is in Stand alone mode. ClickToPhone incorporates many features to
assist you in controlling your device using these input methods.
Enable Appearance preferences->Virtual soft keys to display a set of
softkeys on the right hand side of the screen for controlling the Home, Menu and
Back softkeys.
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Enable Project Settings->Preferences->Touchscreen preferences->Touch
Screen Filter to ignore accidentally touching the screen more than once. When
this is enabled the software will only accept one touch screen event and then
ignore subsequent touch screen events for ½ second. This helps to prevent
mistakes being made due to a shaky finger for example.
Enable Project Settings->Preferences-> Touchscreen preferences>Disable Scrolling to disable the scrolling feature of lists. This prevents a user
from accidently sliding off a chosen list item once they place their finger on it.
This feature only works within the ClickToPhone app.
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Scanning preferences
Project Settings->Preferences->Touchscreen preferences
Project Settings->Preferences->Appearance preferences->Virtual soft
keys
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4 Contacts
The Contacts application allows you to select a contact, dial a contact, text a
contact and manage your contacts.
The options available depend upon what user level you have selected. With the
user level set to Beginner it is only possible to dial a contact, whereas with the
user level set to Expert it is possible to add and delete contacts.
After you select Contacts in the Homepage the contact window appears. Press
your switch, joystick or the touch screen to start scanning down through the
contacts. When you select a contact the contacts soft keys will appear giving you
different options to choose from.
The contacts application with the user level set to Advanced
and the contacts soft-keyboard visible.
Soft-Keyboard options
Dial contact
Dial the selected contact. If the speaker phone option is enabled it will
automatically be turned on.
Write a text
Opens the text editor window and qwerty keyboard so that you can write a
text message.
Send a phrase
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Choose from a categorized list of phrases to send to the chosen contact.
Send an email
If an email is defined for this contact the default email app is launched to
write an email to this contact.
Manage contact
Opens up the Contact Manager soft-keyboard so that you can edit or
delete the chosen contact, add a new contact or add the current contact to
the starred list.
Page up
Go up a page of contacts.
Page down
Go down a page of contacts.
Search Contacts
In Advanced and Expert mode you can search for a contact alphabetically
rather than using page up and page down.
Go back
Return to the ClickToPhone homepage
Contacts Soft-Keyboards in the 4 different user levels
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Expert
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Dialing a Contact
After you select the dial contact key ClickToPhone launches the Android dialer
application and automatically turns on the speaker phone if enabled.
To end a call press either your switch or the select button on your joystick. These
act as the phone’s hook function when a call is in progress.
If you have the Project settings->Preferences->Telephony preferences>Telephony keypad option enabled or if you are using the touch screen as a
switch (set scanning method preference to tap the screen) then a telephone
keypad is displayed.
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The telephony keypad allows you to enter numbers during a call, for example to
top up your phone credit or to access your voice mail.
To end a call when the telephony keypad is visible select the end-call key
.
4.2
Writing a text
After you select the write a text key ClickToPhone opens a text editor window
and a text entry soft-keyboard.
The text entry soft-keyboard includes a 4 word prediction list in the top row. If the
Preferences->Text preferences->Word prediction option is enabled these
keys will contain predictions for the current word you are typing and for the next
word you are likely to type. The words you type are remembered so that over
time ClickToPhone can predict words from your own vocabulary.
Other options under Text preferences include setting the Keyboard Style to
either QWERTY or ABC and setting the Key Repeat Interval.
When you have finished typing the text choose the next key
.The text
preview window will appear giving you an opportunity to go back and add more
text, add the message to the phrase book, add a recipient, insert a contact card,
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send the message or cancel the message. Options related to writing sms texts
can be found under Preferences->Sms preferences.
Text preview soft-keyboard options
Send SMS
Send the SMS message to the contact and return to the contacts window.
Continue writing
Re-open the keyboard and continue writing.
Voice input
If you have Voice Input enabled use the Android voice recognition to
write your message.
Phrase book
Open the phrase book to insert a text into the sms. In expert user level it is
possible to add what you have written to the phrasebook, and edit the
phrasebook categories and content.
Insert contact card
In expert user level it is possible to insert a contact’s name and phone
number
Add recipient
In expert user level it is possible to add up to 9 recipients that will also
receive the text.
Arrow keys
In expert user level you can use the arrow keys to move the cursor to a
particular point within the text.
Cancel SMS
Cancel the SMS and go back to the contacts window. The text you were
composing is not saved.
After you have sent a text message a notification will indicate whether the text
was sent successfully or not. If the SMS was not sent it will be added to the
draft’s folder. The drafts folder is only accessible when the user level is set to
advanced or expert.
SMS notifications
SMS sent
The SMS was sent successfully.
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SMS delivered
The SMS was delivered to the recipient successfully.
SMS failed
The SMS was not sent and has been added to the drafts folder.
4.3
Phrase book
ClickToPhone contains a phrasebook of commonly used texts. You can send
these phrases as complete sms messages or insert them into the text you are
writing. The phrases are categorized and selecting a phrase involves first
choosing the category and then choosing the phrase. In expert mode the phrase
book can be edited.
Open the phrase book by choosing the
key. The list of categories appears.
Choose a category and then choose a phrase.
The following soft keys appear when you are choosing a phrase in Beginner,
Intermediate or Advanced user levels:
Open category
Open the selected category
Select
Insert the chosen phrase into the text
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Go back
Go back to the previous screen.
In expert user level the following additional soft keys appear to enable you to edit
the phrase book:
Edit phrasebook soft-keyboard options
Insert phrase
Choose a phrase from the phrasebook to insert into the text editor window
Add phrase
Add the current text you have written to the phrasebook. You will be first
asked to choose a category.
Edit phrasebook
Edit the phrasebook
Create category
Create a new category
Create phrase
Create a new phrase within the selected category
Edit
Edit the selected phrase or category name and icon.
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Delete
Delete the selected phrase or category. You will be asked to confirm this.
When you are creating or editing a category or phrase the following additional
soft keys will appear:
Edit category or phrase soft-keyboard options
Open keyboard
Open the soft keyboard to edit the category name or phrase.
Photo
Choose a photo from your phone’s gallery to use as the icon for this
phrase or category.
Icons
Choose a icon from the built in icon set.
Save
Accept and save the changes
Cancel
Cancel the edits and go back to the phrase book
Reseting the Phrasebook
You can reset the phrasebook to its factory content by choosing Project
Settings->Reset Phrasebook. If you are installing over an older version of
ClickToPhone that does not have the phrasebook feature then you will need to
carry out this procedure.
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Manage contact
After you select the Manage contact key ClickToPhone opens the manage
contact soft-keyboard. This gives you different options for managing the chosen
contact.
Manage contact soft-keyboard options
New contact
Create a new contact
Edit contact
Edit the current contact
Star contact
Add the current contact to the list of starred contacts.
Delete contact
Delete the current contact.
Back
Go back to the contacts window.
After you select the New contact or Edit contact key ClickToPhone opens the
contact manager window and soft-keyboard.
The contact manager window allows you to specify the name, number, phonetype, email and thumbnail photo for a new or existing contact.
Note that the manage contact option is only available when the user level
preference is set to expert.
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Contact manager window with contact manager soft-keyboard
and qwerty text keyboard options.
Contact manager options
Open keyboard
Open a text or numeric soft-keyboard to enter text or numbers.
Select photo
Select a photo for the contact to be displayed alongside the contact name.
Save contact
Save the contact details to the system contacts and return to the contacts
window.
Cancel
Cancel any changes and go back to the contacts window.
Tab down
Tab on to the next input field. Changes the focus from the contact name to
the contact number to the phone type and so on.
Next
Hide the text or numeric soft-keyboard and return to the main contact
manager soft keys to save or cancel the current edits.
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Selecting a contact photo
After you select the Select photo key ClickToPhone launches the picture gallery
application. When you do this for the first time, however, you will be asked to
specify what picture gallery application to use. To prevent this dialog from
appearing in the future check the ‘Default App’ or ‘Always’ option before you
choose the gallery of your choice.
The stock Gallery app and ClickToPhone photo picker soft-keyboard.
Use the ClickToPhone photo picker soft keys to navigate to the photo of your
choice.
Photo picker soft-keyboard options
Up/Down/Left/Right
Cursor controls that allow you to navigate the picture gallery albums and
photographs
Select
Select the current photo or open the current picture folder.
Back
Back to the previous page of the picture gallery or back to the contact
manager
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Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->User level
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Phone Functions
Project Settings->Preferences->Telephony preferences
Project Settings->Preferences->Text preferences
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5 Messages
The Messages application allows you to view your SMS messages, reply to
messages, call the sender of a message, add the sender of an SMS to the
address book and so on.
Note that the Messages application is not available when the user level is set to
Beginner.
The options available depend upon what user level you have selected. With the
user level set to Intermediate it is only possible to read and reply to messages
in the Inbox whilst in expert mode it is possible to select between the different
folders (Inbox, Draft, Sent) and to delete messages.
5.1
Viewing SMS messages
Intermediate User Level
After you select Messages in the Homepage the messages window and the
messages soft keys appear. The message displayed is the most recently
received SMS message. At the top of the screen is the name of the sender, the
contact image and the date received. Below that is the body of the message.
Depending on the scanning method, press your switch, joystick or the touch
screen to start scanning the messages soft keys.
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Messages soft keys in Intermediate user level
Dial sender
Call the sender of the message.
Reply
Opens the text editor window and qwerty keyboard so that you can reply to
the sender with a new text message. See section 4.2 on how to write a text
message.
Reply with a phrase
Open the phrasebook and choose from a categorized list of “phrases” to
send a quick reply to the sender. See section 4.3 on how to choose and
edit phrases.
Previous
Open the previous message.
Down
Use this soft key to scroll down through long messages.
Next
Open the next message.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
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Advanced and Expert User Level
In advanced and expert modes it is possible to view the SMS messages in 3
different ways: Received messages only, By Conversation and Select
Folder First. To set this option, long click on the Messages icon in the
ClickToPhone homepage and choose Edit item preferences from the Edit
homepage dialog OR go to Preferences->SMS Preferences->Sms messages.
When Received messages only is chosen it is only possible to view and reply
to messages in the Inbox. This is the same functionality as in Intermediate user
level.
When By Conversation is chosen it is possible to view the SMS messages by
the conversation thread.
When Select folder first is chosen you must choose the SMS folder each time.
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Depending on the scanning method, press your switch, joystick or the touch
screen to start scanning down through the folders. Press your switch again to
choose a folder. Two soft keys will appear allowing you to either open the chosen
folder or return to the home page.
Message Folders soft keys
Open Folder
Open the folder to view the SMS messages.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
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Conversations
When the user level is set to Advanced or Expert you can view SMS messages
by their conversation thread. This means that you can view all the messages
sent to and received from a particular contact including any drafts that may have
been saved. Furthermore when you open the Conversation window the
messages displayed in the list of conversation threads are the most recently
received messages. The number in brackets after the contact name is the total
amount of messages for that contact.
Conversation soft keys
Open Conversation
Open the messages window to view the SMS messages for that
conversation.
SMS
Send a text to this contact.
Page up
Go up a page of conversations.
Page down
Go down a page of conversations.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
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When you open a conversation the messages window is opened as described in
section 5.1. The soft key options depend on whether you are in advanced or
expert mode.
Advanced
Expert
5.3
Deleting and SMS
In Expert mode it is possible to delete SMS messages. To delete an SMS open
the message and then select the Delete SMS soft key. Confirm that you want to
delete the SMS by selecting the Delete SMS soft key a second time or cancel.
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Confirm Delete soft keys
Confirm Delete
Delete this message from the current folder.
Cancel Delete
Go back the message soft keys.
5.4
Re-Sending a Draft
In Advanced and Expert mode it is possible to re-send or re-write a draft
message.
If a message fails to send due to insufficient credit or a network error it is
automatically added to the drafts folder. You can view the draft messages in the
draft folder or by conversation thread.
If you want to re-send a draft first open the message. Then, when you select the
SMS soft key, the text editor window is opened with the draft message inserted
into the body.
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Adding to Contacts
In Expert mode it is possible to add the sender of an SMS message to the list of
contacts. Open the message and then select the Add to Contacts soft key.
If the sender is not already in your contact list then the Manage contacts window
is opened with the phone number of the sender inserted into the Contact
Number field. See section 4.4 for further details on how to complete the Add to
Contact process.
5.6
Forwarding a message
Also, in Expert mode, it is possible to forward an SMS you have received or
written to another contact. When you choose this key the contacts list will be
displayed.
Forward SMS soft keys
Ok
Forward the message to the selected contact
Search
Search for a contact alphabetically.
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Cancel
Cancel forwarding the SMS
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Sms preferences
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Phone Functions
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6 Phone
The Phone application allows you to dial specific numbers, send a text to a
specific number and view the call history.
Note that the Phone application is not available when the user level is set to
Beginner and that the Call History option is not available when the user level is
set to Intermediate.
6.1
Dialing a number
After you select Phone from the ClickToPhone homepage the phone window and
soft keyboard will appear. At the top of the window is a text field where the
number you type will appear. The rest of the screen is taken up with the phone
soft keyboard.
Phone soft keys
0-9, *, #
Digits 0 – 9, * and #. If you type 00 a ‘+’ symbol is automatically inserted
for international calls.
Dial Number
Dial the number. See section 4.1 for further information on dialing a
number and using the telephone keypad.
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Send a text.
Opens the text editor window and qwerty keyboard so that you can send a
text to the number. See section 4.2 on how to write a text message.
Call History
View the call history of outgoing, incoming and missed calls.
Backspace
Delete the last character typed.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
6.2
Call History
In Advanced and Expert modes it is possible to examine the call history. After
you select the call history soft key the call history window and call history soft
keyboard will appear.
The list shows incoming calls, outgoing calls, missed calls and the time and date
of each call.
Call history symbols
Incoming call
This was a call to your phone from another person that you answered.
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Missed call
A call to your phone that you did not answer.
Outgoing call
An outgoing call that you made. Does not indicate whether it was
answered or not.
When you choose a call the call history soft keys are displayed giving you
different options to choose from.
Call History soft keys
Dial number
Call the number/contact
Send a text
Send a text to the number/contact. See section 4.2 on how to write a text
message.
Reply with a phrase
Open the phrasebook and choose from a categorized list of “phrases” to
send a quick reply to the contact. See section 4.3 on how to choose
phrases.
Add to Contacts
Open the contact manager window to add the number to the contact list.
See section 4.4 for further details on how to complete the Add to Contact
process.
Page up
Go up a page of calls.
Page down
Go down a page of calls.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Telephony preferences
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7 Emergency Alarm
You can trigger various types of alarms, both hardware and software, using
ClickToPhone and HouseMatePro.
There are 6 types of alarms that can be used.
External nurse call
Connect HouseMatePro to an external nurse call through it’s relay output and
trigger at any time, regardless of whether you are connected to your phone, by
holding your Switch for a defined period of time. See Chapter 20 on how to
enable and connect this hardware feature.
Internal EasyWave signal
HouseMatePro can be supplied with a 32 channel EasyWave RF transmitter. The
first channel is reserved for alarm function and can be triggered at any time by
holding your switch for a defined period of time. See Chapter 20 on how to
enable this hardware feature.
Internal STT Condigi signal
As above. A single RF nurse call transmitter from STT Condigi fitted internally.
InfraRed alarm
InfraRed command 1, so long as it has been recorded, is always transmitted
whenever an alarm is made. See Chapter 19 for details on how to record
InfraRed codes.
Emergency Telephone Call
You need to be connected to your phone to make this alarm. It can be made by
holding your switch for a defined period of time or by selecting the Emergency
Call symbol from the HomePage. You are given a 10 second countdown during
which time you can cancel the alarm. When the timer has elapsed the predefined
telephone number is called.
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SMS Alert
You need to be connected to your phone to make this alert. It can be made by
holding your switch for a defined period of time or by selecting the SMS alert
from the HomePage. You are given a 10 second countdown during which time
you can cancel the alert. When the timer has elapsed the SMS is sent to a
preselected mobile telephone number. You can define more than one telephone
number and ClickToPhone will try each of the three numbers until the SMS is
delivered. Furthermore, using Google’s location service it is possible to include
the http link to a google map with your current location.
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Note: The SMS alert feature is not intended to be used as a patient alarm. It is
simply a convenient way of alerting a friend or P.A. as to one’s whereabouts
rather than making a phone call. It is not failsafe for the following reasons:
1. The phone may be out of credit
2. The phone battery may be flat
3. The GSM signal may be poor
4. The HouseMate or ClickToPhone battery may be flat.
If you require a safer alarm system consider purchasing a HouseMatePro fitted
with an EasyWave or STT Condigi transmitter. These alarms are RF based and
can be activated even when the phone is switched off.
Alarm options
Options related to the Emergency alarms can be found by making a long click on
the Emergency Alarm icon in the homepage and choosing Edit item
preferences from the Edit homepage dialog OR go to Project settings>Preferences->Alert preferences
Activate on long click sets the length of time that the switch must be held in
order to activate either the Emergency Call or SMS alert. This should not be used
if you have a hardware alarm fitted. The length of time to activate the hardware
alarm is set under Hardware settings. See page 155 for further details.
Include in homepage
Sets whether or not the Emergency Call or SMS alert can be activated from the
Homepage. If you just want to use the above long click then this can be disabled.
Enable countdown
Sets whether or not a 10 second countdown is displayed during which time you
can cancel the alarm by pressing your switch again.
Emergency call
Sets whether or not to call a telephone number
Transmit IR signal
If you are connected to HouseMate then activate the relay output and transmit
infrared command 1.
Notification Sound
Select a sound that your device will play when the alarm is activated.
Auto-answer on next call
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Automatically answer the next call after an SMS alert has been raised.
Auto respond
If an SMS beginning with a ‘?’ is received, then reply with the last known position
so that the sender can locate you. The sender will receive a http link to a google
map of your location.
Telephone Numbers
The telephone numbers to send the Sms alert to, separated by commas. If the
SMS is not delivered to the first number within 60 seconds then it is re-sent to the
second number and so on.
Keep sending
Keep sending the SMS until a delivery notification is received. WARNING!
Depending on your network, multiple charges may apply.
Request confirmation
Instead of a delivery notification wait 5 minutes for the receiver to respond with
an SMS before sending the alert to the next phone number.
Message
The message to send. This will be followed by the time and coordinates if
available.
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Alert preferences
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8 Reminders
The Reminders application allows you to set any number of reminders or alarms
to remind you of upcoming events. It is possible to set once-off, daily, weekly,
monthly and yearly reminders and to choose a sound or music file to play when
the reminder falls due. You can also set options to trigger the reminder 15
minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour and 2 hours before the event takes place. This
allows you to schedule your day whilst giving you enough time to prepare for the
next event.
Although the Reminder application is accessible in any user level a switch user
can only add reminders when the user level is set to expert. You can also
create and edit reminders through the menu options in any user level.
8.1
Using Reminders
After you select Reminders from the ClickToPhone homepage the Reminders
window will appear.
The reminders are displayed in a list with a picture, a name, the date and time of
the reminder and a clock symbol representing whether the reminder has elapsed
or when it is due according to the table below.
Reminder clock symbols
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Reminder is in the past
A white clock symbol with an exclamation mark indicates that the
reminder is in the past. The date and time when the reminder elapsed is
below the name of the reminder.
Reminder has elapsed
A red clock on the hour indicates that the event has just elapsed.
15 minutes
An orange clock indicates that the event is due to take place in less
than 15 minutes.
30 minutes
A yellow clock indicates that the event is due to take place in less than
30 minutes.
45 minutes
A light green clock indicates that the event is due to take place in less
than 45 minutes.
1 hour
A dark green clock indicates that the event is due to take place in less
than 1 hour.
Today
A blue clock indicates that the event is due to take place today.
In the future
A dark gray clock indicates that the event is due to take place sometime
in the future.
Depending on what reminder preferences have been chosen the phone will ring,
vibrate and/or play a music track or sound file when the reminder is due. If the
phone is asleep it will wake up and a pop-up window will display the reminder.
You must cancel the reminder to stop the sound playing and return to normal
operation. After you cancel the reminder it is automatically rescheduled if it is a
recurring reminder or deleted if it is a once-off reminder and the Delete once off
reminders preference is enabled.
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The pop-up window when a reminder has elapsed
Within the reminder preferences it is possible to set whether or not you get a
reminder before the event is due. For example you can have a reminder 30
minutes beforehand and/or when the event is due. The purpose of this feature is
to allow you to prepare for the forthcoming event and give you some fore-warning
that it is about to occur. In the example screen shot below it is 30 minutes until
the nurse arrives.
Note that, even when choose Done, the notification will go off again at the
appointed time, i.e. in 30 minutes in the above example.
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Managing Reminders
When you select a reminder the reminder soft keys will appear. These give you
different options for editing and creating the reminders. Note that the user level
needs to be set to expert in order to edit or create reminders using a switch and
scanning. If you are not in expert mode and wish to add or edit a reminder then
use the menu options.
Reminder soft keys
New reminder
Create a new reminder.
Edit reminder
Edit the currently selected reminder.
Delete reminder
Delete the currently selected reminder.
Page up
Go up a page of reminders.
Page down
Go down a page of reminders.
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Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
After you select the New reminder or Edit reminder soft key ClickToPhone
opens the reminder editor window and soft-keyboard.
Reminder editor window soft keys
and numeric keyboard options.
Reminder Editor options
Open keyboard
Open a text or numeric soft-keyboard to enter text or numbers.
Select photo
Select a photo for the reminder to be displayed alongside the reminder
name.
Select Track/Sound file
Select a music track or sound file that will be played when a reminder is
due.
Icons
Choose a icon from the built in icon set.
Save reminder
Save the reminder details and return to the reminders window.
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Next
Tab on to the next input field. Changes the focus from the reminder
name to the reminder time to the reminder date and so on.
Continue
Hide the text or numeric soft-keyboard and display the edit reminder
soft keys to save or cancel the current edits.
Back
Cancel any changes and go back to the reminders window.
8.3
Selecting a reminder photo
After you select the Select photo key ClickToPhone launches the picture gallery
application. The procedure for selecting a photo is the same as when you select
a contact photo. See section 4.4.1 for more details.
8.4
Selecting a Sound
After you select the Select a Sound soft key ClickToPhone launches the music
player application in ‘picker’ mode so that you can choose a sound file or music
track. When you do this for the first time, however, you will be asked to specify
what music player application to use. To prevent this dialog from appearing in the
future check the ‘Default App’ option before you choose the music player of
your choice.
Useful Tip: It is possible to record your own voice reminders using the Voice
Recorder application and then use these as the reminder sounds
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Sound picker soft keys
Up/Down/Left/Right
Cursor controls that allow you to navigate the sound picker application and
choose a sound file.
Select
Select a sound track or select the OK button (once it has the focus) and
return to the edit reminder window.
Back
Cancel the sound picker and go back to the edit reminder window.
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Reminders preferences
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9 Text To Speech & AAC
The Text To Speech application allows you write a text and then speak it using
the installed Android text to speech engine.
The Text To Speech application is not intended to be a fully featured
communication device but can provide a means of communicating a message in
certain circumstances.
To use text to speech you must have a text to speech engine installed on your
phone or tablet. In the phone’s settings choose Voice Input & Output->Textto-speech settings. You can also visit the Android market for a list of text to
speech engines. SVOX have a good range of voices in different languages and
styles.
9.1
Using text to speech
After you select Text To Speech from the ClickToPhone homepage the text-tospeech window and soft keys will appear. Initially there is no text, only the
softkeys.
Text-to-speech soft keys
Speak the text
Speaks the written text
Write a text
Opens up a text editor window so that you can write a text to speak.
Open the phrasebook
Open the phrasebook and choose from a categorized list of “phrases” to
speak. See section 4.3 on how to choose a phrase
Edit the phrasebook
You can edit the categories and phrases in the phrasebook. See section
4.3 for details. Expert user level only.
Add to phrasebook
You can add the text you have just written to the phrasebook. Expert user
level only.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
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After you select the write a text soft key ClickToPhone opens a text editor
window and a text entry soft-keyboard.
The text entry soft-keyboard includes a 4 word prediction list in the top row. If the
word prediction preference is enabled these keys will contain predictions for
the current word you are typing and for the next word you are likely to type. The
words you type are remembered so that over time ClickToPhone can predict
words from your own vocabulary.
When you have finished typing the text choose the speak key
. The text-tospeech soft keys will re-appear giving you an opportunity to review the text and
add edit it before you choose to speak it.
9.2
Using a third party AAC app.
Instead of using ClickToPhone’s built in Text-to-speech app you can control a
third party app such as Predictable. If you are using scanning it must be
possible to set the third party app to “Tap the screen scanning” mode. Then
when you choose AAC app from the ClickToPhone homepage you can control it
from your switch. Each time you press your switch a touch screen event is sent
to the app.
To choose the app you wish to use make a long click on the Text-to-speech icon
in the homepage and choose Edit item preferences from the Edit homepage
dialog OR go to Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences>Speech output. Then set the Speech output preference to Aac app. Select
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the Aac app preference to choose the app from the list of applications installed
on your device.
To regain control of ClickToPhone there are two programmable options.
Press your switch 3 times in a row
Hold your switch for a long time
To set the method of exiting the Aac app make a long click on the Text-to-speech
icon in the homepage and choose More preferences->Behaviour
preferences->App control from the Edit homepage dialog OR go to Project
Settings->Preferences-> Behaviour preferences->App control. Then set
the Escape method as required.
Note: You need HouseMatePro or HouseMate+ hardware to be able to generate
the mouse click event that controls the third party app in it’s “Tap the screen”
mode.
9.3 Using an external AAC device
If you are using HouseMatePro hardware then you can use a dedicated external
Aac device connected to your hardware’s switch output connector. When you
choose Aac device from the ClickToPhone homepage the software enters a
special mode whereby switch presses activate the output relay in your hardware
and thereby control the external device.
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To use an external Aac device set the Speech output preference to Aac
devicie. Follow the instructions for setting the exit method in the previous
section 9.2
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Speech output
Project Settings->Preferences->Behavior preferences->App Control
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10 Music Player
The Music Player application allows you to play the music files stored on your SD
card. When you select Music from the ClickToPhone homepage the music
player will appear. The music stored on your phone is sorted into three
categories, Songs, Albums and Artists.
First select a category and then select a song within that category. After you
have selected a song a soft-keyboard will appear to allow you to play the song
you have selected.
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The music player soft keys are displayed at the bottom of the screen. When you
choose Play a progress bar indicates the position within the song. If you leave
the Music Player it will stop.
Music player soft keys
Play/Pause
Play or pause the currently selected music track.
Volume Up
Equivalent to pressing the volume up key on your phone.
Volume Down
Equivalent to pressing the volume down key on your phone.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
The music player app within ClickToPhone is intentionally simplified. However, if
you wish, it is possible to control a different music player app if you require more
functions.
To use an app installed on your phone make a long click on the Music icon in the
ClickToPhone homepage and then choose Edit Item preferences OR go to
Preferences->Homepage preferences->Music and Gallery. Then enable
Use 3rd party Music app and select Choose a Music app. Choose the app
you want from the list of apps on your device. We recommend using the Android
music player and this is supplied in the ClickToPhone app bundle on your SD
card. The music player soft-keyboard is optimized for this app.
Now when you launch the music player from the clicktophone home page the
Android Music app will appear.
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Music player soft keys when using a third party app
Play/Pause
Play or pause the currently selected music track.
Previous track
Go back to the start of the previous track.
Next track
Advance to the start of the next track.
Volume Up
Equivalent to pressing the volume up key on your phone.
Volume Down
Equivalent to pressing the volume down key on your phone.
Return to ClickToPhone
Return to the ClickToPhone application. Note that this is different from
using the back key which is now processed by the Music app and may
not return you to ClickToPhone. The refresh symbol is used whenever
you are controlling third party apps and will always return you to
ClickToPhone.
Select
Make a selection on whatever screen object has the focus, a track, play
button etc.
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Left
Equivalent to pressing the left arrow key.
Right
Equivalent to pressing the right arrow key.
Up
Equivalent to pressing the up arrow key.
Down
Equivalent to pressing the down arrow key.
Back
Equivalent to pressing the back key.
Note: We recommend using the Android Music Player app which is installed with
ClickToPhone under sdcard\clicktophone\extras\bundle or available to
download free at www.click2go.ie
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Music
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11 Photo Album
The Photo Album application allows you to view the photographs and images
stored on your SD card. When you select Gallery from the ClickToPhone
homepage the gallery will appear.
The photographs are shown on a “last taken” basis. Use the left right arrow keys
to navigate through your photos.
Gallery soft keys
Previous photo
Next photo
Zoom in
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
The Gallery app within ClickToPhone is intentionally simplified. However, if you
wish, it is possible to control a Gallery app if you require more functions.
To use an app installed on your phone make a long click on the Gallery icon in
the ClickToPhone homepage and then choose Edit Item preferences OR go to
Preferences->Homepage preferences->Music and Gallery then enable
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Use 3rd party Gallery app and select Choose a Gallery app. Choose the app
you want from the list of apps on your device. We recommend using the QuickPic
app that is supplied in the ClickToPhone app bundle on your SD card. The
Gallery soft-keyboard is optimized for this app and it is also possible to play video
recordings with it.
Now when you launch the Gallery from the clicktophone home page the QuickPic
app will appear.
Gallery soft keys when using a third party app
Select
Make a selection on whatever screen object has the focus..
Left
Equivalent to pressing the left arrow key.
Right
Equivalent to pressing the right arrow key.
Return to ClickToPhone
Return to the ClickToPhone application. Note that this is different from
using the back key which is now processed by the Gallery app and may
not return you to ClickToPhone. The refresh symbol is used whenever you
are controlling third party apps and will always return you to ClickToPhone.
Back
Equivalent to pressing the back key.
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Up
Equivalent to pressing the up arrow key.
Down
Equivalent to pressing the down arrow key.
Hide keyboard
Hide the soft keys so that you can view the full picture. The soft keyboard
will reappear when you press your switch or joystick or automatically in
Tap the Screen mode.
Note: We recommend using the QuickPic photo album app which is installed
with ClickToPhone under sdcard\clicktophone\extras\bundle or available to
download free at www.click2go.ie
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Gallery
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12 Camera
The Camera application allows you to take photographs. When you select
Camera from the ClickToPhone homepage the phone’s camera application is
launched.
Two soft keys allow you to either take a picture or return to the ClickToPhone
homepage. You can take more than one picture before returning to the
ClickToPhone homepage. To view the photos you have taken open the Gallery
application from the ClickToPhone homepage.
Camera soft keys
Shoot
Take a picture and store it on the SD card.
Return to ClickToPhone
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
Note: We recommend using the QuickPic photo album app which is installed
with ClickToPhone under sdcard\clicktophone\extras\bundle or available to
download free at www.click2go.ie . ClickToPhone will search for this app after
installation and use it by default if it is found. If you wish to specify a different app
to use when taking pictures go to Preferences->Homepage preferences>Music, Gallery, Camera and Clock->Camera.
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Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Camera
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13 Clock
The Clock application allows you to view the time. When you select Clock from
the ClickToPhone homepage the phone’s clock application is launched.
Note that there are no soft keys associated with the Clock application. It is
intended to give you a simple way of reading the time. If you wish to control some
of the Clock applications features you can launch it from the Applications window
in expert mode. See Chapter 14 for further details.
To return to the ClickToPhone homepage press your switch or joystick. In touch
screen mode, when the scanning method preference is set to Tap-the-screen,
ClickToPhone will automatically re-appear after 10 seconds.
We recommend using the DeskTopPlus app which is installed with ClickToPhone
under sdcard\clicktophone\extras\bundle or available to download free at
www.click2go.ie . ClickToPhone will search for this app after installation and use
it by default if it is found.
Tip: If you wish to launch a voice input app specify it as the clock app. Then
when you press your switch you will return you to ClickToPhone after you have
completed your voice input task. Specify the app by going to Preferences>Homepage preferences->Music, Gallery, Camera and Clock->Clock.
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Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Clock
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14 Applications
The Applications “launcher” app allows you to select, launch and control the
features of the other applications installed on your phone. The ClickToPhone app
achieves this by displaying a set of carefully chosen soft keys that allow you to
simulate pressing keys, for example the up, down and ok soft keys. If you are
using HouseMatePro or HouseMate+ hardware then the HID module within it
ensures that you can have complete control over any app using the Android
mouse pointer.
It is important to understand that, unless you are using HouseMatePro or
HouseMate+ hardware, it is not possible to fully control all the features of other
applications through ClickToPhone. This is because most applications require
some level of touch screen input to support certain features.
That said, it is still possible to control lots of applications adequately. Android
Music, QuickPic, YouTube, Facebook, Aldiko (book reader) to name but a few.
14.1
Launching another application
After you select Applications from the ClickToPhone homepage the
Applications window will appear.
After you select an application from the list the application soft keys will appear.
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Application soft keys
Launch Application
Launch the application along with the expert soft keyboard.
Page up
Go up a page of applications.
Page down
Go down a page of applications.
Search
Search for an app using an alphabetical keyboard.
Add to Favorites
Add the application to the list of favorites.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
After you select
the application will be launched and a set of expert soft keys
will appear. You use these keys to control the application.
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Several views of using YouTube application. The up/down arrow keys are used to highlight the
search button and enter a search query. Then Mouse mode is launched to be able to select a
video from the list.
Expert soft keys
Select
Make a selection on whatever screen object has the focus.
Left/Right/Up/Down
Equivalent to pressing the arrow keys and can be used on many
applications to highlight a screen object. If a screen object does not
receive the focus in this way or it is difficult to see which object is
highlighted then enter Mouse pointer mode and use the cross-hairs to
make a click on the object.
Return to ClickToPhone
Return to the ClickToPhone application.
Back
Equivalent to pressing the back key.
Mouse Pointer mode
See below for more details.
Numeric keypad
Open the numeric keypad to enter numbers
Text keyboard
Opens up a text keyboard so that you can enter text.
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Scan
Allows you to implement a scan of left/right/up or down keys to move
quickly to a particular screen object. Very useful for navigating the objects
on a web page. Press your switch a second time to stop the scanning.
Hide keyboard
Hide the soft keys so that you can view the entire screen. The soft
keyboard will reappear when you press your switch or joystick or
automatically in Tap the Screen mode.
You can expand the set of keys that are provided in the expert keyboard to
include a third row shown below. These are primarily chosen to be able to enter
text using the Android text-to-speech engine. Enable Preferences->Behavior
preferences->Soft keys->Expand Expert Keyboard
Extra soft keys in expert keyboard
Volume Up
Equivalent to pressing the volume up key on your phone. When
controlling book reader applications this usually advances the page.
Volume Down
Equivalent to pressing the volume down key on your phone. When
controlling book reader applications this usually goes back a page.
Voice Input
Allows you to enter some text into the currently selected screen object
using Android’s voice recognition.
Backspace
Equivalent to pressing the backspace soft key. You will need this function
when using Voice input to remove unwanted text.
Space
Equivalent to pressing the space soft key. You will need this function to
separate text entered by Voice input.
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Home
Equivalent to pressing the home key on your phone. Brings you to the
phone’s home screen.
14.2
Numeric and Text keyboards
The numeric and text soft keyboards for entering text into other applications. Use the arrow keys
in the expert keyboard to navigate to the text input or search field.
The following soft key appears on the numeric and text keyboards to allow you to
return to the expert soft keyboard.
Expert keyboard
Return to the expert keyboard from the text, numeric or scan keyboards.
This symbol is used throughout the application to allow an expert to return
to the expert keyboard. The Expert keyboard is the root keyboard when
you are controlling another application.
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15 Mouse Pointer mode
Mouse pointer mode, or mouse/keyboard mode, to be more accurate is a
different type of expert mode whereby key functions for manipulating other
applications are displayed one at a time in a small square frame at the top of the
screen. When you press your switch a series of symbols are displayed and when
you press your switch again the function represented by the currently displayed
symbol is carried out.
Mouse pointer mode is useful when you want to control dialog boxes and/or do
not require a full soft keyboard to be visible.
Using Mouse Pointer mode
When you select the
symbol from the expert keyboard mouse pointer mode
is started. The soft-keyboard will disappear and a small frame and symbol will
appear at the top of the screen. You can also start mouse pointer mode by
choosing the Home Screen option from the ClickToPhone homepage as in the
example below.
Selecting the Home Screen option within ClickToPhone to start Mouse pointer mode.
14.4.1 Mouse pointer mode
Below is the list of symbols and their meaning when you are using Mouse Pointer
mode.
Mouse Pointer mode symbols and meaning
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Mouse pointer mode, switch to keyboard mode
Indicates that you are in Mouse pointer mode. Press your switch when this
symbol is visible to switch to Keyboard mode.
Home
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Home key.
Menu
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Menu key
Move mouse pointer up and right
Use a cross-hairs to move the mouse pointer up and to the right. .
Move mouse pointer down and right
Move mouse pointer down and left
Move mouse pointer up and left
Mouse click/Drag mode
Equivalent to clicking on the screen at the location of the mouse pointer.
If you hold your switch for 1 second when you select this symbol you can
make the equivalent of a long click at the pointer location.
If you keep holding it longer you can implement a drag lock. Your
hardware will beep to indicate that you are in drag lock mode. Now you
can move the pointer and drag objects using the above functions. When
you want to release the drag select this symbol again.
Swipe Menu
A menu of swipe functions for implementing gestures.
Swipe left
Implement a swipe on the screen to the left. Use this to change home
screens.
Swipe Right
Implement a swipe on the screen to the right.
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Swipe Up
Implement a swipe on the screen upwards. Use this to scroll through lists.
Swipe Down
Implement a swipe on the screen downwards.
Click Lock
A special function that locks the software in this mode until you either
make a long click of your switch or press it 3 times. Use this mode if you
are using a Bluetooth pointing device such as a head mouse and are
using a switch also to control scanning and making clicks. Then you can
stay locked into this mode whereby the head mouse is controlling the
pointer and the switch is making clicks. Go to Preferences->HID
preferences->Click lock and Behavior preferences->App control for
these advanced options.
Back
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Back key.
Exit mouse pointer mode
Exit mouse pointer mode. When you exit mouse pointer mode the
following keyboard is displayed:
This keyboard allows you to launch the text keyboard, restart mouse
pointer mode or return to the ClickToPhone application.
14.4.2 Setting the Mouse and Swipe speeds
There are three speed settings relating to both Mouse and Swipe speeds.
The overall speed is controlled by the phone’s “Pointer Speed” setting and this
can be found under Settings->Language & Input->Pointer speed.
Then, within ClickToPhone there are a further two preferences for adjusting the
mouse and swipe speeds separately. Go to Project Settings->Preferences>HID preferences to adjust these speeds.
Note: If your device does not have a Pointer speed preference under Language
& Input then it does not support the Android mouse pointer function.
14.4.2 Keyboard mode
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Below is the list of symbols and their meaning when you are using Keyboard
mode.
Keyboard mode symbols and meaning
Keyboard mode, switch to Mouse pointer mode
Indicates that you are in Keyboard mode. Press your switch when this
symbol is visible to switch to Mouse pointer mode. If you are connected to
ClickToPhone hardware or an earlier unit without a HID then it is only
possible to use Keyboard mode.
Home
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Home key.
Menu
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s menu soft key
Up
Equivalent to pressing the Up soft key.
Tip: Instead of using the crosshairs it is very often easier to switch to
keyboard mode and use the arrows to highlight the screen object you
want to select. This is especially true of scrolling through lists.
Using keyboard mode to navigate the app icons on the Home screen. This can be easier
than using the cross hairs.
Right
Equivalent to pressing the Right soft key
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Down
Equivalent to pressing the Down soft key
Left
Equivalent to pressing the Left soft key
Enter
Equivalent to pressing the enter soft key and will select a highlighted list
item or screen object.
Back
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Back key.
Exit mouse pointer mode
Exit mouse pointer mode and return to the Expert keyboard.
14.4.3 Virtual pointer mode
If you are using ClickToPhone or an earlier version of HouseMate or your phone
does not support the Android mouse pointer then you can use a “Virtual” mouse
pointer to perform mouse operations. This function is limited to use within the
ClickToPhone application and is intended to be used for changing settings,
configuring the HouseMate grids and using ClickToPhone’s web browser.
Virtual pointer mode symbols and meaning
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Mouse Pointer mode, switch to Keyboard mode
You can toggle between a mouse and a keyboard mode. Mouse mode
enables you to move the mouse pointer and make clicks. Keyboard
mode enables you to send up/down/left/right and enter key events.
Keyboard mode, switch to Mouse Pointer mode
Switch back to mouse pointer mode.
Home
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Home key.
Menu
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s menu soft key
Move mouse pointer up
Select to move the mouse pointer up. Press your switch again to stop the
mouse pointer moving.
Move mouse pointer right
Move mouse pointer down
Move mouse pointer left
Mouse click/Drag mode
Equivalent to clicking on the screen at the location of the mouse pointer.
If you keep holding your switch when you select this symbol the mouse
pointer will change to a mouse drag symbol and you are in drag lock
mode. Then you can release your switch and use the arrows to drag on
the screen – for example to scroll a list upwards. To release the drag lock
select this symbol again.
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Up
Equivalent to pressing the Up soft key.
Right
Equivalent to pressing the Right soft key
Down
Equivalent to pressing the Down soft key
Left
Equivalent to pressing the Left soft key
Enter
Equivalent to pressing the enter soft key and will select a highlighted list
item or screen object.
Back
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Back key.
Exit Virtual pointer mode
Exit virtual pointer mode and return to the ClickToPhone.
14.4.2.1 Setting the Virtual mouse speed
The speed of the virtual mouse is different to that of the Android mouse pointer.
To set the speed go to Project settings->Preferences->Behaviour
preferences->Virtual Mouse pointer->Mouse Speed. Set the Drag lock time
preferences to adjust the length of time that you must hold your switch before
drag lock is enabled.
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14.4.3 Automatic Pointer mode
Sometimes when you are controlling another application the soft-keyboard can
become obscured by either a modal dialog or a pop-up menu. If the Automatic
Pointer preference is enabled, then, once you start scanning ClickToPhone will
detect that the soft keys are hidden behind the popup and automatically enter
mouse pointer mode to allow you to cancel or control the dialog or menu.
These screen images show the Expert keyboard hidden behind the popup menu. When scanning
starts ClickToPhone detects this and automatically starts pointer mode.
If Automatic Pointer preference is disabled then there are two options
depending on what hardware you are using:
1. ClickToPhone and HouseMate hardware
Make a long press of your switch to go back to the ClickToPhone app.
2. HouseMate+ and HouseMatePro hardware
Make a long press of your switch to start Mouse Pointer mode.
Note: You cannot control modal dialogs (for example system messages such as
low battery) or menus if you are using earlier ClickToPhone or HouseMate
hardware because they do not contain a HID module. However the automatic
pointer mode should enable you to cancel the popup by selecting the Home soft
key or return to the ClickToPhone app.
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Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Other
Applications
Project Settings->Preferences->HID preferences
Project Settings->Preferences->Behavior preferences->Pointer mode
Project Settings->Preferences->Behavior preferences->Virtual Mouse
Pointer
Project Settings->Preferences->Behavior preferences->Soft keys->Expand
Expert keyboard
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16 Favorites
The Favorites application allows you to select, launch and then control your
favorite applications. The applications listed under favorites are selected from
within the Applications app. See Chapter 14 for details.
The process by which you select, launch and control an application is the same
as that described in chapter 14.
Favorite soft keys
Launch Application
Launch the application along with the expert soft keyboard.
Page up
Go up a page of favorites.
Page down
Go down a page of favorites.
Remove to Favorites
Remove the application from the list of favorites.
Back
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
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Important preferences for this chapter
Homepage preferences->Other Applications->Favorites
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17 Internet
The Internet application allows you to browse the internet using your switch,
joystick or by tapping the screen. When you select Internet from the
ClickToPhone homepage the Internet window and Internet soft keys appear.
In order to be able to navigate a web page ClickToPhone displays the virtual
mouse pointer. When you have moved the pointer to the place you want you can
then make a selection - exactly as if you had touched the screen.
Furthermore it is possible to zoom in and out, launch a search engine and
manage bookmarks.
17.1
Browsing the Internet
Internet soft keys
Mouse Click
Make a mouse click at the current mouse pointer position. Same as
touching the screen at that point.
Mouse Move
Mouse the mouse pointer to a specific position. The direction of the arrows
specifies which quadrant of the screen you want to move the mouse to.
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Return to ClickToPhone
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage..
Expert keyboard
Open the expert soft keyboard. From there you can implement scans,
open the numeric and text soft keyboards if you want to enter a text. See
Chapter 14 for further details on using the Expert keyboard.
Zoom in
Zoom in. Make the text and images bigger.
Zoom out
Zoom out. Make the text and images smaller.
Search
Open the default search engine. This can be specified in preferences.
Previous page
Go back to the previous internet page in the history stack or back to
ClickToPhone if you are at the top of the stack.
Bookmarks
Open the bookmarks to create a new bookmark, go to a bookmark or enter
a URL.
17.2
Moving the mouse pointer
The mouse pointer is moved with the aid of a horizontal and vertical line that form
a cross-hairs on the screen. When you have moved the mouse pointer to the
desired position you can simulate touching the screen at that position.
To move the mouse pointer first choose one of the four mouse move keys. The
arrows indicate which corner of the screen the mouse will move towards. Then,
the mouse pointer will disappear and the cross-hairs will appear. The horizontal
line moves first either up or down the screen until you press your switch, joystick
or tap the screen. Then the vertical line moves either left or right across the
screen until you press your switch, joystick or tap the screen. If you do not make
a selection the mouse pointer will return to it’s original position.
Note that ClickToPhone enters touch screen mode temporarily when the virtual
mouse pointer is displayed. It is not possible, therefore, to use the touch screen
normally unless you switch to expert keyboard mode by selecting the
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A series of screen shots showing how to move the mouse pointer to a specific point on the screen and perform a
selection, then move to another point and repeat.
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Creating Bookmarks and entering URLs
Opening a specific web-site involves a number of steps that are briefly explained
below. .



First launch bookmarks by choosing the
symbol.
Open the keyboard and type the URL of the web-site you are looking for.
You can choose to add this to your list of bookmarks if required.

Select the internet icon
to open the new page.
Using the bookmarks feature to enter a new URL to open a specific web page.
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Bookmark soft keys
Open keyboard
Open the text keyboard to type a url.
Open web page
Open the web page of the currently selected url
Create bookmark
Add the url entered in the text filed to the list of bookmarks
Delete bookmark
Delete the currently selected bookmark
Page down
Page down through the list of bookmarks
Page up
Page up through the list of bookmarks
Back
Back to the browser
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Internet
Project Settings->Preferences->Behavior preferences->Virtual Mouse
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18 Phone Settings
Phone settings gives you control over some of the phone’s settings such as
brightness, ringer mode and so on. It also allows you to explicitly turn off the
phone rather than waiting for your hardware to switch off and the screen to go to
sleep. In expert mode you can edit your project settings and restore project
backups.
18.1
Phone Settings
After you select Phone Settings from the ClickToPhone homepage the Phone
Settings window will appear.
The contents of the phone settings window will vary depending on what user
level you have selected. An expert user can access all the options, restore
backups and even edit their own preference settings.
Phone settings options
Increase Brightness
Disables the auto brightness and increases the brightness.
Reduce Brightness
Disables the auto brightness and reduces the brightness.
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Volume Up
Increase the media volume.
Volume Down
Decrease the media volume
Wifi On/Off
Turn on or off the wifi. Check notification area for current state.
Ringer Mode
Toggles the ringer mode between normal and silent.
Speakerphone On/Off
Toggles the Telephony preferences->Use Speaker-phone option. Use
this if you occasionally do not want the software to automatically turn on
the speaker phone.
Go to sleep
Shuts down the hardware if connected and sends the phone to sleep.
Requires device administration access to function. See 18.2 below.
My Settings
Edit the preferences using a virtual mouse pointer.
Backups
Select a backup to restore.
Notifications
You can open the notification window by selecting this option rather
than dragging down the status bar. This is only available on certain
Android versions.
Toggle Input
Allows you to toggle between a single switch input and a joystick input.
This is intended to be used if you are using two input methods, for
example a wheelchair joystick during the day but a single switch at
nighttime.
18.2
Go to sleep
The Go to sleep option is a special case and requires you to give the
ClickToPhone device administration privileges. This is normally requested during
the installation process.
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It is intended to be used when the hardware setting Powerdown setting is set
to Never when connected. Use this combination if you want to be in control of
turning off the phone, rather than waiting for it to go to sleep after the screen
time-out time.
It is also useful if you are a touch screen user but cannot manage the on/off
button on your phone. Use a switch or the HouseMate button to wake up the
phone but select Go-to sleep from the Phone Settings window to turn it off.
Note that if you set the Phone Settings preference to Go to sleep only then
only the Go to sleep option will appear in the ClickToPhone homepage as in the
example below.
In order to use the Go to sleep function it is necessary to enable the
ClickToPhone application as a device administrator. When you select Go to
sleep for the first time the Activate security policies dialog will be displayed.
Once ClickToPhone is enabled as an administrator this dialog will not appear
when you select Go to sleep a second again.
Note: You must disable ClickToPhone as a device administrator before you can
uninstall the application. Go to Settings->Security->Select device
administrators and uncheck ClickToPhone.
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Editing your settings
My Settings enables an expert user to edit their own preference settings and
HouseMate grids using a virtual mouse pointer.
When you select My Settings the preferences window. At the bottom of the
screen the expert keyboard allows you to navigate the settings and make
changes. You can start the virtual mouse pointer by selecting the
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You are now in Mouse Pointer mode. When you press your switch the mouse
pointer symbol will scan through a series of symbols. When the symbol you
require is visible press your switch to select it. See Chapter 15 for more on
mouse pointer mode.
16.4
Restoring a backup
An expert user is able to restore their own backups. This can be a very simple
way to switch between different projects.
When you select backups the list of backups stored on the SD card is presented.
When you select a backup the Backup & Restore soft-keyboard will appear.
Backup & Restore soft keys
Restore preferences
Restores everything except the InfraRed signals.
Restore preferences and InfraRed signals
Restores everything including the infrared signals. This can be used if a
user has two different HouseMate setups – for two different locations for
example.
When you select a restore option a second soft-keyboard will appear to confirm
that you want to go ahead or you can cancel and return to the ClickToPhone
homepage.
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Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Preferences->Homepage preferences->Phone
Functions->Phone Settings
Project Settings->Preferences->Behavior preferences->Virtual Mouse
Pointer
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19 HouseMate
In conjunction with HouseMate hardware the Housemate application allows you
to control devices in your environment including lights, curtains, door openers,
television, CD player, intercom system and so on. HouseMate hardware contains
a powerful InfraRed transmitter and receiver that can record the signals from
other remote controls. Virtually any electronic device that can already be
controlled from a remote control can therefore be controlled from your smart
phone.
HouseMatePro hardware can be supplied with a 32 channel EasyWave
transmitter fitted internally. This enables you to directly control EasyWave
sockets, relays and other appliances using radio frequency. A third option is the
control of Z-wave devices over Wifi by connecting the phone to a Z-wave
enabled router such as a Vera.
When you launch HouseMate for the first time a set of default grids and icons are
generated. These grids can be edited in technician mode and you can backup
your grids to the SD card. The grids can be inter-linked so that you can create a
tree like structure with one grid leading to the next. The bottom left cell of every
grid is always a back key bringing you back to the previous grid or back to the
ClickToPhone homepage. As a rule of thumb, and for ease of use, it is
recommended not to create a grid structure more than 3-4 levels deep.
The top-level grid and the music player grid.
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Using HouseMate
Assuming that you have already recorded infra-red signals, transmitting an
infrared code is simply a matter of scanning to the desired key and selecting it. A
progress dialog will appear while the signal is being transmitted. If you are a
switch user the signal will be repeated as long as you keep your switch pressed.
Tip: The bell symbol in this default grid is InfraRed command 1, and as such will
trigger the output relay in your HouseMate hardware. You can copy this
command to the homepage and use it to generate an RF alarm.See Chapter 20
for further details on hardware related alarms.
19.2
Editing a Cell
Note: Before you can make changes to the grids or edit the cells you must
enable Technician Mode Go to Project Settings->Enable Technician
Mode.
To edit a cell press and hold on the cell for a moment until a popup window
appears. A different popup window will appear depending on whether you are
editing a blank cell, a link to another grid or an InfraRed command. In the
example below we are editing the cell that links to the Music grid.
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Changing the Image
You can change the image for the grid by either importing a picture or
photo from your picture gallery or by choosing an icon from the predefined list of icons.
Changing the Name and Label
You can change the name or cell label of the grid. The cell label appears
under the chosen picture. The grid name is the name that is used to
identify the grid when reconfiguring a cell. In many cases they will be the
same.
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Text-to-speech
The Text-to-speech field serves two purposes.
When auditory scanning is enabled the text-to-speech text is the text that
is spoken out using the installed voice synthesizer.
When voice input is enabled (HouseMate preferences->Voice Input)
the text-to-speech text is the text that the Android voice recognizer will
identify as the word or phrase to select this cell.
Clear Cell
Clear cell erases the contents of a cell so that the cell can be reconfigured
for a different action. Note that if the cell is linked to a grid it does not
delete that grid. Similarly if the cell is linked to an InfraRed code it does
not immediately delete the InfraRed code but marks it for reuse when a
new code is created.
Reconfigure Cell
When Reconfigure Cell is chosen the Configure Cell popup is shown. This
allows you to either link to another grid, use the wizard to create a new
InfraRed command or choose from the list of existing InfraRed commands
defined within your project.
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You can also define a cell as a back key or an exit key. Back will bring you
back to the previous grid. Exit will quit the HouseMate application. Use
these options if you wish to locate the back key in a different position and
disable HouseMate preferences->Back keys to remove the default
back key from the bottom left corner.
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Editing a Grid
To edit a grid, first navigate to the grid in question and then press the menu soft
key.
The popup menu provides several tools for populating and editing grids.
19.3.1 Reorder
You can re-order or re-position the cells in a grid two at a time. Simply press on
the cell you want to move and then press on the position you want to move it to.
The two cells will be swapped. Keep swapping cells in this way and when you
are finished press the phone’s menu key to exit ‘Reorder’ mode.
19.3.2 Grid Templates
A number of grid templates are included in the software. To import a predefined
grid template choose Grid Templates from the menu option. The following
popup dialog will appear:
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Then select the template you require. You will be prompted as whether you wish
to continue as this action will replace the current grid and unless you have made
a backup there is no undo.
19.3.3 Operations
You can apply a number of “batch” operations to the current grid which help
speed up the configuration process. Choose Operations from the menu option.
The following popup dialog will appear:
Batch recording
Very useful for recording all the codes for a particular grid one after the
other, rather than individually one cell at a time.
Copy names to labels
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If a cell is linked to a grid or infrared command then the name of that grid
or infrared command is used as the cell label. Applies to all cells in the
grid.
Copy labels to text
Copies the label of each cell to the text-to-speech text of each cell.
Clear labels
Clears every cell label in the current grid.
Clear text-to-speech texts
Clears every text-to-speech text in the current grid.
Clear grid
Clears the entire contents of the current grid giving you a blank grid to
configure.
Change grid size
Choose from the list of grid sizes the size you want for the current grid.
Note that if you have a fully populated grid and you reduce its size the
cells that are no longer visible are NOT deleted. This can be helpful if you
wish to expand the grid size at a later date without having to reprogram
any commands etc.
In the example below the cells of the Home grid have been repositioned and the
grid size has been reduced to 2x2.
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Creating and populating a new grid
If none of the grid templates suit your requirements you can create a new grid
yourself. First reconfigure a cell in the Homepage to link to a blank grid. Click on
a cell and choose Reconfigure Cell from the popup dialog. Then choose the
Open another grid option.
16 grids can be defined within HouseMate. Eight grids are pre-defined within the
example project but if you create a new project you can define all 16 yourself. For
now choose one of the unused grids, “Grid 9”, for example. An empty 3x4 grid
will be assigned to the chosen cell. Click on the cell to open the empty grid.
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Now we want to populate the grid with InfraRed commands. There are three
ways to do this:
1. Importing a grid template.
2. Using the wizard
3. Populating each cell one at a time
19.4.1 Importing a Grid template
A number of grid templates are included in the software. To import a predefined
grid template choose Grid Templates from the menu option. The following
popup dialog will appear:
Then select the template you require. You will be prompted as whether you wish
to continue as this action will replace the current grid and unless you have made
a backup there is no undo.
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19.4.2 Using the wizard
Choose Wizard from the menu options.
First choose a category, then choose some commands within that category and
then choose how you want these commands to populate your grid. This last
option is useful if you want to add more commands at a later stage from the
same or another category.
After the final step the grid will be populated with the commands you have
chosen.
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Note that the wizard tool in this section is making command suggestions from a
small sub-set of the complete icon list. To access the complete icon list it is
necessary to populate each cell one at a time as described in the next section.
19.4.3 Populating each cell one at a time
Make a long click on a cell and then choose Use the wizard to create a new
command from the popup dialog.
Again there are three steps to the wizard. First select the icon category, then the
icon for the command and finally a name for the new command. You can
optionally choose to use the command name as the cell label during this final
step. When you are done the new command will appear in the grid.
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19.4.4 Difference between InfraRed commands and InfraRed signals
Note that there are no InfraRed signals associated with any of these commands
at this stage. All that has been specified so far is the icon, the name and the cell
label. In this way there is a distinction between InfraRed commands and InfraRed
signals.
An InfraRed command is stored in the phone’s memory and simply consists of
a name, icon and an assigned memory location within your HouseMate hardware
which will contain the InfraRed signal data.
An InfraRed signal is a data record stored in the flash memory of your
HouseMate hardware which is transmitted by IR when the InfraRed command is
selected.
19.5
Recording an InfraRed signal
Before you start, make, sure that you have the Infra-red controls of the devices
you want to control and that they have new batteries.
Position the Infra-red control facing into the left hand side of the HouseMatePro
as in the picture below, at least one foot apart.
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Warning: Some fluorescent lights emit Infra-red radiation. When you are
recording Infra-red signals be sure that you are not directly under fluorescent
lighting.
Note: When recording infrared signals it is helpful to set the powerdown time of
your HouseMate hardware to 5 minutes Never to prevent the unit from turning off
whilst you are preparing to record. See chapter 20 for details.
To record an InfraRed signal
Turn on HouseMate and wait until it connects. Then navigate to the grid that
contains the InfraRed command that you want to record a signal for. Make a long
click on the cell until the popup dialog for that command appears. This is called
the Command dialog. Then choose Record signal.
There are four options associated with recording infrared signals. Record single
code, Record macro, Record toggle and Record push button code. For now
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choose Record single code. You will be prompted to check the brand of remote
control you are recording from.
In many cases it is not necessary to check the brand and the generic brand will
suffice. However by specifying the exact brand HouseMate can reproduce a
stronger more powerful signal. If the brand name of your remote is not listed
choose group 1.
After you have chosen the brand the Record single code dialog will appear.
First test that the HouseMate hardware is receiving an InfraRed signal by
pressing a button on the remote control. You should see the red InfraRed LED on
the HouseMate hardware light up.
Next press and hold the button on the HouseMate hardware. When you are
ready make a short press of the button on the remote control whose signal you
want to record and then release the HouseMate button.
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During this process you will see the following message:
Note that the actual recording of data does not begin until HouseMate starts
receiving an InfraRed signal. Therefore there is no rush to press the remote
button after you have pressed the HouseMate button. In fact you can keep the
HouseMate button pressed for as long as you want. However it is important to
keep the button press on the remote as short as possible AND then release the
HouseMate button quickly after that. This will use up the least amount of
memory.
When you are finished, test the recording by clicking on the InfraRed command.
The HouseMate hardware should beep and you should see the Transmitting
InfraRed… popup message.
That’s it! You can record signals for all the commands in your grid using this
method. However at some stage you will come up against toggle signals and
may wish to record macros. These are discussed in the following sections.
19.5.1 Recording a toggle signal
Some remotes have a toggle function on single codes whereby the code is
different if you press the same button two times in a row. Philips controls are
noted for this and in this case it is necessary to use the method described below
which records both copies of the code. If you used the Record single code
method you would notice that the code, say Program Up, would work the first
time you pressed it, but not the second or third time. Another reason to use this
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method is to conserve Macro memory because it forces you to use the single
code memory space.
To record a toggle signal
1. Make sure that you are connected to the HouseMate hardware. Make a long
click on the command you want to record and then choose Record signal>Record toggle signal from the list of options.
2. Check the remote brand and change if required. Then the record toggle
signal dialog will appear and the HouseMate hardware should be beeping
regularly.
3. First test that the HouseMate hardware is receiving the InfraRed signal by
pressing the button on the remote control. You should see the red InfraRed
LED on the HouseMate hardware blink every time you press the button.
4. Now press and hold the button on the HouseMate hardware. When you are
ready make a short press of the button on the remote control whose signal
you want to record and then release the HouseMate button. While you are
doing this the dialog text should change to just “Recording Primary
InfraRed Signal…” and HouseMate should beep more rapidly.
5. If HouseMate did not detect any InfraRed signal the record operation will be
canceled. Otherwise the following dialog should appear.
6. Now HouseMate is ready to record a second copy, or alternate, of the signal.
This is how HouseMate records the toggle codes described earlier. As before
press and hold the button on the HouseMate hardware. Then make a short
press of the button on the remote control whose signal you want to record
and then release the HouseMate button. While you are doing this the dialog
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text should change to “Recording alternate InfraRed signal…” and
HouseMate should beep more rapidly.
7. If the procedure has been successful HouseMate will stop beeping. You can
test the recording by clicking on the InfraRed command. The HouseMate
hardware should beep and you should see the Transmitting InfraRed…
popup message. Do this twice to test both copies of the toggle signal.
A common mistake when recording toggle codes is to hold the button on the
remote control for too long or to leave too long a gap between releasing the
button on the remote control and then releasing the HouseMate button.. A quick
press of the remote control button immediately followed by releasing the
HouseMate button is all that is required. The memory size for recording toggle
signals is only 2 seconds per signals. If you hold the button on the remote control
for longer than this or leave too long a gap before releasing the HouseMate
button, then the recording will fail, the following dialog will appear and
HouseMate will beep continuously until you let go all buttons.
Another mistake is to press the HouseMate button and the remote control button
at the same time. It is important to press and hold the HouseMate button before
you press the remote control button so as to capture all the signal. You can leave
as long as you want between pressing the HouseMate button and pressing the
remote control button with no fear of using up memory because HouseMate only
starts the recording process when it starts to receive an InfraRed signal.
19.5.2 Recording a Macro
Note: You can record up to 32 macros, each up to 15 seconds long. However if
you record a macro that is less than 4 seconds it will not be stored in the Macro
memory but in the memory for single codes and will not use up a Macro memory
slot.
HouseMate allows you to record a series of Infra-red codes from the same or
different remote controls on a single cell. HouseMate records in real-time
meaning that the Infra-red signals and the pauses in-between them are recorded
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into memory. Each macro can be approximately 15 seconds long and this makes
it possible to create long sequences of commands.
A good use of this feature is to record a series of Volume Up commands. When
you select the Volume Up cell HouseMate begins transmitting the sequence of
Volume Up commands. You stop the sequence by pressing your switch or
joystick a second time.
To record a Macro
1. Make sure that you are connected to the HouseMate hardware. Make a long
click on the command you want to record and then choose Record signal>Record macro from the list of options.
2. Check the remote brand and change if required. Then the record macro
signal or macro dialog will appear and the HouseMate hardware should be
beeping regularly.
3. First test that the HouseMate hardware is receiving the InfraRed signal by
pressing the button on the remote control. You should see the red InfraRed
LED on the HouseMate hardware blink every-time you press the button.
4. Now press and hold the button on the HouseMate hardware and then press,
one after the other, the buttons on the remote control that you want to record
(whilst continuing to hold the HouseMate button). Notice how the red InfraRed
LED will light up every time you press a button on the remote control.
While you are doing this the dialog text should change to “Recording
InfraRed signals…” and HouseMate should beep more rapidly.
5. You can record approximately 15 seconds of InfraRed signal. When you have
finished release the HouseMate button.
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6. If the procedure has been successful HouseMate will stop beeping. You can
test the recording by clicking the InfraRed command.
Tip: Before you record a sequence of commands try it out on the original remote
first so that you can determine the pace at which you should press the buttons.
19.5.3 Recording a Macro with an OK command
Often, after transmitting a series of codes, the next code you would like to
transmit is an OK or SELECT code. A good example would be a series of
PROGRAM+ codes. In this case what you want to happen when you press your
switch is not only to stop the PROGRAM+ series but to also transmit a new
code, in this case, the OK code.
HouseMate allows you to do this by recording two series of codes. In the
example above the first series would be the PROGRAM+ codes and the second
series, or “OK command”, would of course be just the OK code itself.
To record a series of Infra-red signals followed by an “OK” command.
1. Make sure that you are connected to the HouseMate hardware. Make a long
click on the command you want to record and then choose Record macro
from the list of options.
2. Check the remote brand and change if required. Then the Record macro
dialog will appear and the HouseMate hardware should be beeping regularly.
3. First test that the HouseMate hardware is receiving the InfraRed signal by
pressing the button on the remote control. You should see the red InfraRed
LED on the HouseMate hardware blink every-time you press the button.
4. Now press and hold the button on the HouseMate hardware and then press,
one after the other, the buttons on the remote control that you want to record
– in this example a series of Program+ commands.
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While you are doing this the dialog text should change to just “Recording
InfraRed Signals…” and HouseMate should beep more rapidly.
5. When you have recorded enough Program+ codes release the HouseMate
button but then immediately press it again before the “Recording InfraRed
Signals…” dialog disappears. This action tells HouseMate to record a
second series of codes that, more often than not, will be just a single code –
the OK command.
Note that there is no visual indication on the phone that you are recording an
OK command. It is purely a feature of the HouseMate hardware, and
therefore cannot be used by touch screen users.
6. Now press the OK button on your remote control and then release the
HouseMate button.
7. If the procedure has been successful HouseMate will stop beeping. Note that
you can only test the first series of codes when you click the command on the
touch screen. To test the OK command you must select the cell using your
switch. Select once to start the sequence and then press your switch a
second time to stop the sequence and transmit the OK command.
Tip: A good use of this function is to create a scan of your favorite sky channels.
Record the following series of commands from a Sky remote: GUIDE>FAVOURITES-> DOWN-> DOWN-> DOWN-> DOWN-> DOWN-> DOWN> DOWN-> DOWN.
For the end command record the OK command.
Now when the you select the cell with your switch an automatic scan of your
favorite channels will take place on the TV. When you press your switch a
second time the highlighted channel will be selected.
19.5.2 Recording a Push button code
A push button code, sometimes called a safety code, is only transmitted when
the switch is kept pressed. It is useful for controlling a safety critical device such
as the tilt on a bed. The signal will be transmitted only as long as the switch is
pressed. When it is released it will stop.
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A push button code is recorded in exactly the same way as a macro but when it
is transmitted the macro will be stopped when you release your switch. Simply
follow the instructions above and record 10-15 seconds of the same code, say
Tilt up. Then when you select that code with your switch it will only transmit when
you have the switch pressed.
Notes:
1. Use push button codes sparingly, since being long macros they take up a
lot of memory and backups will take a long time.
2. Push button codes can only be used when you are using a switch. i.e.
they will not work from the touch screen.
Tip: Push button codes are also useful for dimming lights. The light will keep
dimming or brightening so long as you keep your switch pressed.
19.6
Using the signal database
HouseMate is supplied with a number of InfraRed signal databases pre-installed.
You can also create your own. The databases include SKY, UPC and GEWA and
others and will be expanded over time to include other generic brands. You can
download these signals into your HouseMate hardware as an alternative to
recording them.
19.6.1 Downloading signals from a signal database
To open the signal databases choose Signals from the menu option. The Select
a signal database dialog will appear. After you choose a database the Import
and download signals dialog will appear.
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The left-hand list contains the signals stored within the database and the righthand list contains the commands defined within the current grid. Pair the signal
you want to download with the chosen command in the grid. In the example
below we have paired the Info signal in the SKY remote database with the Info
command in Grid 10.
You can make more than 1 pairing and after you have done so choose
Download Signals from the menu options. The InfraRed signal data will be
transferred into the HouseMate memory. When the transfer has completed you
can test the commands by clicking on them.
19.6.2 Importing a signal database
You can import a signal database as a grid template and download the signals it
contains to your HouseMate hardware in one operation.
First open the signal databases by choosing Signals from the menu option. The
Select a signal database dialog will appear. After you choose a database the
Import and download signals dialog will appear.
Instead of making pairings as before simply choose Wizard from the menu
options. The following dialog will appear:
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Be aware that this action will replace the current grid completely and, depending
on the database size, may take several minutes to complete as the signal data is
transferred into the HouseMate hardware.
The complete SKY signal database imported as a grids and downloaded to the hardware in one
action.
19.7
Examining the InfraRed Macros
Within HouseMate the InfraRed signals are stored in two 16Mbit flash memories.
One is used for the 250 single InfraRed signals and the other is used for the 32
Macros. Sometimes it is helpful to examine the contents of the Macro memory to
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determine how many Macro slots you have used up and by which InfraRed
codes. Remember that if you record a macro that is less than 4 seconds long it
will be stored in the single InfraRed code memory and will not appear in this list.
To examine the Macro memory, make sure you are connected to the HouseMate
hardware and then choose More->Advanced from the menu options.
The HouseMate Advanced Settings window will appear. Choose InfraRed
Macros and a progress bar will be displayed as the Macro information is
retrieved from the HouseMate hardware.
Followed by a list of the 32 Macros and which InfraRed commands they are
assigned to.
19.8
Erasing InfraRed signals
You can erase infrared signals individually by choosing the Erase signal option
from the Command dialog or you can erase all the InfraRed signals and Macros
using the Advanced settings.
To erase all infra red signals and macros
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From the HouseMate Advanced Settings dialog choose the Erase all InfraRed
signals option. A dialog box will appear requesting the password which is simply
“1234”.
After you have entered the password a progress bar will display the erase
process. First the 250 single InfraRed signals are erased (these are stored in 8K
blocks).
Then the 32 InfraRed macros are erased (these are stored in 64K blocks).
There is no Undo when you erase InfraRed signals. See chapter 21 on how to
backup your data to the SD card before you carry out any erase actions.
19.9
Advanced Settings
Besides the Remote Control Brands, InfraRed Macros and Erase all
InfraRed signals options already discussed the HouseMate Advanced Settings
window gives you access to the following additional options.
19.9.1 New Project & Open Example Project
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New Project will give you a new set of 16 empty grids. Open Example project will
open the default HouseMate project with 8 grids pre-defined. You will be asked to
confirm this action because unless you have made a backup there is no undo.
19.9.2 Create a grid template
If you like a particular grid that you have designed and use it regularly then you
can save it as a grid template. The template must only contain InfraRed
commands and not links to other grids. The template files are saved to a folder
on the SD card and will be available to you in all future projects you create.
Furthermore you can copy the template folder from the SD card to other phones.
To create a grid template navigate into the grid you have designed and then
choose the Create a grid template option from the HouseMate Advanced
Settings dialog.
You will be asked to enter a filename for the template.
This is the name that will appear when you choose Grid Templates from the
HouseMate menu option and is also the name of the new folder that will be
created on the SD card. For example sdcard/clicktophone/templates/my
template.
19.9.3 Create a signal database
Creating a signal database is done in exactly the same way as creating a grid
template except that the InfraRed signals that have been recorded/assigned for
the commands in the chosen grid are uploaded from the HouseMate hardware
and saved with the grid data to the SD card.
In this way you can not only save a favorite grid layout but also the InfraRed
codes that go along with it.
To create a signal database navigate into the grid that contains the signals you
want and then choose the Create a signal database option from the
HouseMate Advanced Settings dialog.
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You will be asked to enter a filename for the database and to confirm this action
as it may take several minutes to upload the signal data from the HouseMate
hardware.
To use the signals and/or grid at a later stage in another project choose Signals
from the HouseMate menu option and then select the newly created signal
database.
19.9.4 Creating and removing Shortcuts
You can create shortcuts to InfraRed commands and EasyWave signals in the
ClickToPhone homepage. To create a shortcut, make a long click on a cell and
then choose the Add shortcut option from the popup Command dialog. To
remove shortcuts choose Remove Shortcuts from the HouseMate Advanced
Settings window.
To remove an individual shortcut make a long click on it in the ClickToPhone
homepage and then choose the Remove Item option from the Edit homepage
popup.
Note that it is not possible to activate a Z-wave signal from the ClickToPhone
homepage.
19.9.5 Project Commands
Choose Project Commands to see a complete list of InfraRed commands that
have been defined within your project.
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Commands with a tick mark are in use. Commands with a question mark are in
use but are not visible because the grid that contains them has been reduced in
size. Commands with an exclamation mark are in use by more than one grid.
Finally, commands with no mark are no longer in use and will be recycled when a
new command is created.
19.9.6 Disable hardware Beeps
When you transmit an InfraRed signal, by default, the hardware will issue a beep.
If this is a nuisance then check this option to disable the beeps.
19.9.2 Set-Top Mode
Set-Top mode is intended for individuals who can fully manipulate the phone and
are using the HouseMate hardware purely as a convenience for controlling their
TV or entertainment system. The HouseMate hardware acts as a type of “set-top”
box. Normal switch inputs and scanning are disabled and the HouseMate button
is used only to turn on or off the hardware. The phone is allowed to go to sleep
normally.
To enable Set-Top mode choose Set-Top mode from the Powerdown Time
option in Hardware Settings and then click the Update button. See Chapter 20
for more details on this and other hardware settings.
Note: When using Set-top mode and you are not in range of the HouseMate
hardware you should set ClickToPhone to stand alone mode to save battery.
Choose Stand Alone Mode from the menu options in the ClickToPhone
homepage.
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Easy-Wave
HouseMatePro can be fitted with a 32 channel EasyWave transmitter module.
This allows you to control up to 32 RF devices such as light switches, sockets
and relays. Visit www.eldat.de for more details on EasyWave and where to
purchase EasyWave devices.
To program a cell for EasyWave simply select EasyWave signal from the
Command popup dialog. Then choose the EasyWave signal you want for that
devices. You will be warned if your HouseMatePro device does not have the
EasyWave module fitted or if it is faulty. Contact your supplier if this is the case.
Now, when you press that cell, the EasyWave signal will be transmitted. Follow
the instructions on your EasyWave sockets and relays to program them to
receive your new signals.
Notes:
1. The RF signals, or “Telegrams” are unique to each HouseMatePro device.
So, for example, Channel 0 Button B, will be a different EasyWave
Telegram on every HouseMatePro device. The reason for this is that they
are intended to be used as security signals for opening doors and raising
alarms.
2. It is not possible to backup EasyWave signals to the SD card. If you need
to replace a faulty HouseMatePro device you will need to either swap out
the internal EasyWave transmitter or reprogram the system.
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EasyWave signal Channel 0 Button A is reserved as the Alarm signal and
will be transmitted if you make a hardware alarm, even if HouseMatePro is
not connected to your Smartphone at the time.
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Z-Wave
It is possible to control Z-wave devices using HouseMate and a MiCasaVerde
Vera home controller. The Vera home controller is available from
www.micaseverde.com and is essentially a wifi router with Z-wave capabilities.
The Z-wave enabled appliances within your home must first be paired with your
Vera unit. Then, once your phone is connected to the Vera unit over wifi it is
possible to control these Z-wave devices from within HouseMate.
Before you start programming HouseMate you must pair your Z-wave devices
with your Vera unit. For basic devices such as sockets this is a simple procedure.
Put the Vera unit into pairing mode by pressing the Z-wave button at the rear of
the unit and then press the corresponding button on the socket. It is beyond the
scope of this document to go into more detail, such as naming devices and
creating scenes and it is assumed that you have already carried out these
configuration tasks. Refer to the Vera documentation for further details.
19.9.1 Pairing you phone with your Vera unit
1. Make a long click on the HouseMate icon in the ClickToPhone homepage and
then choose Edit item preferences from the Edit homepage dialog or
choose Project Settings->Preferences->HouseMate preferences. Then
choose Z-Wave setup->Enable Z-wave
2. If you are connecting directly to your Vera unit, click on Vera Local IP
address and ensure that the IP address is set to 192.168.81.1. This is Vera’s
static IP address and does not change from unit to unit. It is beyond the scope
of this document to explain how to connect to your Vera unit over a domestic
router.
3. Now click on Wifi settings. Turn on your Wifi and click Scan. If your Vera
unit is switched on you should see it appear in the list.
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4. The number after the name is the serial number of your unit. Click on the
entry and you will be prompted to enter a password. This is normally located
on a label on the underside of your Vera unit beside the serial number. Enter
the password, click Connect and after a moment your phone should connect
to the Vera wifi router.
5. Click the phone’s back key until you return to the ClickToPhone homepage.
Note: For reliable operation it is recommend to “forget” any other Wifi routers that
you might have paired with and disable the system Network notification option
to prevent any inadvertent connections to other wifi routers.
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19.9.2 Controlling a Z-wave device
1. Open HouseMate and confirm that you see two popup messages. First
Connecting to Z-wave network, which, if successful, will be followed by
Connection successful. Getting Device info.
2. Now navigate to the grid where you want to control your Z-wave devices.
3. Make a long click on the command you want to use. The familiar Command
dialog will appear allowing you to edit the cell and record infrared signals etc.
with two additional entries to allow you to control your Z-wave devices:
Control Z-wave device and Run Z-wave scene.
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4. Choose Control Z-wave device. A second popup dialog will appear
containing a list of Z-wave devices that are paired with your Vera unit.
5. Choose the device you want to control. The Select an action dialog will
appear containing a list of possible actions that you can perform with the
chosen device. This list will vary depending on what Z-wave category the
device belongs to.
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6. Choose an action. After you have chosen it confirm that it operates as
required by clicking the command. A short popup dialog should confirm the
action that is being performed on the device.
Note: ClickToPhone only supports two Z-wave devices types directly. Appliance
modules (including light switches and relays) and Dimmer modules. If you want
to control a device belonging to another device category then you must first
create a scene that turns it on or off. Then you can run the scene as described in
the following section to turn on or off the device.
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19.9.3 Running a Z-wave scene
The major benefit of Z-wave is the ability to run scenes. Scenes reduces the
complexity of the HouseMate grids and lowers the cognitive demands on the
user.
A scene is simply a set of devices and associated actions to perform on them.
For example an “Evening-time” scene might draw the curtains, turn on some
lights and turn on the heating. A “bedtime” scene might turn off all the lights
except the landing light and set the heating timer to come on in the morning. With
only two commands a user can perform these otherwise complex tasks.
Scenes are created by connecting your Vera unit to a browser and using the
vera’s “dashboard” configuration utility (this can even be done on the phone’s
browser). However, it is beyond the scope of this manual to cover this topic and it
is assumed that you have previously created some scenes. In the example below
there is an “All on” and an “All off” scene that have been previously created.
To run a Z-wave scene:
1. Make a long click on the command you want to use. Choose Run Z-wave
scene from the popup dialog. The Pick a Scene dialog will appear with a list
containing all the scenes that have been programmed into the Vera unit.
2. Choose a scene to run. To test, click on the command. You should get a
popup confirmation that the scene is running.
19.9.4 Erasing a Z-wave command
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To erase a Z-wave command simply make a long click on the command and then
choose the Erase command option from the popup list. Note that this is the
same option you use to erase individual Infrared signals.
Notes:
1. You may experience some delay when controlling Z-wave devices using the
touch screen if the hardware is disconnected and you are not in stand alone
mode. This is because the radio modules are busy searching for your
HouseMate hardware. If you are not using any set ClickToPhone to Stand
Alone mode
2. You may find that dimmers take longer to respond than switched appliances.
3. If a Z-wave device is unplugged then you may experience delays running
scenes that contain that device.
19.10
Alarms
HouseMatePro contains different methods for generating alarms.
Relays
There are two relays within housemate. One can be connected internally
to an STT Condigi TX4 radio frequency module. The other is available on
a 3.5mm jack socket and is typically connected to a wireless call bell
system. If the STT module is fitted the external relay is available for other
purposes, such as controlling a third party communication aid or other
device.
EasyWave
HouseMatePro can be fitted with a 32 channel EasyWave module. When
you make an alarm the first EasyWave telegram is transmitted by default.
This can be paired with an EasyWave relay or call bell.
InfraRed
When you make an alarm the InfraRed signal associated with the first
InfraRed command is transmitted. This is the Bell symbol in the default
grid. Record an infrared signal for this code that will activate an alarm.
There are three methods of triggering the alarm.
Software only
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This requires you to be connected to your device. When you select the
Bell symbol (in the default grid) three things occur:
The relay is activated for 4 seconds (external relay if internal relay not
connected)
InfraRed signal 1 is transmitted (if recorded)
EasyWave telegram is transmitted (Channel 0 Button A)
Hardware only
You can activate each of the above alarms by holding your switch for a
defined number of seconds. This is independent of the phone which can
be switched off. Programming the hardware alarm is discussed in section
19.2.
Software & Hardware
It is possible to have both types of alarms as discussed above.
Important preferences for this chapter
Project Settings->Enable Technician mode
HouseMate->More->Advanced HouseMate preferences
Project Settings->Hardware Settings
Project Settings->Preferences->HouseMate preferences
Project Settings->Preferences->HouseMate preferences->Z-Wave setup
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20 Hardware Settings
The hardware settings dialog allows you to set two options which control the
power down and switch output (or relay output) functions of the ClickToPhone or
HouseMate hardware. These options are different from the normal preferences
because they affect the behavior of the hardware units even when they are not
connected to your phone. Because of this, the settings are stored within the flash
memory of the hardware and not in your phone’s memory.
To change either of these options you must connect to the hardware, change the
setting and then press the Update button. If you do not press the Update button
the changes are not saved.
To open the Hardware Settings dialog
1. From the ClickToPhone homepage choose Project Settings from the Menu
options and then choose Hardware Settings. The Hardware settings dialog
will appear.
The HouseMate hardware settings dialog. Note that the Update button will only appear after you
make a change.
2. When the Hardware settings dialog is opened and you are connected the
hardware should beep constantly. This prevents the hardware from powering
down when you are making a change.
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ClickToPhone Hardware Settings
Although they are almost identical there are subtle differences between the
settings of the ClickToPhone and HouseMate hardware units that warrant a
separate explanation. In this section we explain the use of the ClickToPhone
hardware settings.
20.1.1 Powerdown Setting
The ClickToPhone’s Powerdown Setting can be set to between 30 seconds and
2 minutes. This is the length of time after which the unit will power down and thus
disconnect from your phone if you do not press your switch. In other-words if
ClickToPhone detects no switch presses for the powerdown time then it
assumes that you no longer want to control your phone and disconnects. This
allows the phone to turn off, the screen and go to sleep and prolongs battery life
of both the phone and the hardware.
20.1.2 Switch Output Settings
The ClickToPhone has a solid state relay output (see chapter 23 for connection
details). This allows you to connect ClickToPhone to another device, for example
a communication aid, and then switch between using your phone and the other
device by making a long press on your switch. The length of time you have to
hold your switch before control switches between devices is determined by this
setting.
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When you are controlling another device it is not possible to control your phone.
Furthermore if you let ClickToPhone powerdown it remembers that it is in Switch
Output mode, and, when you turn it on again it will be controlling the other
device, not your phone.
You can identify if ClickToPhone is in switch output mode when you turn it on.
Firstly you will hear one beep if it is not in switch output mode and two beeps if it
is in switch output mode. Secondly a pop-up message will appear on your
phone’s display warning you if you are in switch output mode.
To regain control of your phone press and hold your switch for the switch output
time.
Note: If Switch output mode is enabled ClickToPhone will automatically switch to
switch output mode after you turn it on if it does not make a connection with your
phone after 30 seconds.
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HouseMate Hardware Settings
20.2.1 Powerdown Setting
The HouseMate powerdown time can be set to 1minute, 5 minutes, Never
when connected or Set-Top mode.
When set to 1 or 5 minutes the HouseMate hardware will automatically switch off
if you have not made any switch presses for the chosen time. This allows the
phone to turn off the screen and go to sleep and conserves the battery life of
both units.
Never when connected
This option prevents the hardware from automatically powering down and is
intended to be used in conjunction with the Go to sleep preference. To turn off
the phone/hardware you have to select the Go to sleep option from the
ClickToPhone homepage.
See chapter 18 for further details on the Go to sleep option.
Although this option can be used with any switch scanning method it is primarily
intended for users who require environmental control and can touch the screen
but find it difficult to operate the phone’s on/off button. In this case the
HouseMate button, or connected switch, is used primarily to turn wake up the
phone and as a convenient way to answer or hang-up a call.
Set top mode
In Set-Top mode the HouseMate hardware functions like a remote infra-red
transmitter. It is intended to be placed in a fixed position in your living room and
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used as a convenience for controlling your entertainment equipment through your
smart phone. Once you are connected to HouseMate you can use ClickToPhone
software to control your equipment through the touch screen.
In Set-top mode the HouseMate button functions purely as an on/off button and
all scanning is disabled. When the software connects with the hardware it
remains connected for as long as the phone is on and in range. The phone can
go to sleep normally after the screen’s timeout time has elapsed.
Set-Top mode is intended to be used by persons who can fully use the phone,
including the on/off button, and require InfraRed control.
See chapter 19 for further details on recording InfraRed codes and setting up the
HouseMate grids.
20.2.2 Relay output
HouseMate contains relays that can be used to activate radio frequency alarms.
See Chapter 7 for more details on different alarm types.
To activate the relay you can press and hold your switch for a defined length of
time. To set the length of time go to Hardware Settings->Switch Output and
choose the period you want.
Note: The relay will function even if you are not connected to your smart phone.
This means that even if the battery in your phone is flat you can activate an alarm
by pressing your switch for the chosen period of time.
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21 Backup & Restore
ClickToPhone allows you to back up and restore all user data to and from your
phone’s SD card. You can then copy the data from your SD card onto your
computer to have a permanent backup of your all your settings.
Note: You must have an SD card installed in your phone before you can use this
function.
21.1 Backing up your project
To backup your data to the SD card
1. From the ClickToPhone homepage choose Project Settings from the Menu
options and then choose Backups. The Project backup options dialog will
appear.
2. Choose Backup your project. The Existing backups dialog will appear.
You can backup over an existing backup or you can create a new one.
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3. Once you have selected OK a series of progress windows will appear as the
user data is saved to the SD card.
4. Finally you will be prompted as to whether you want to save the infrared
signals stored in the HouseMate hardware. You can choose to do this now or
postpone for a later stage. Note that backing up Infrared signal data can take
a long time depending on how may signals you have recorded.
5. If everything was saved successfully you will get the following message.
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21.2 Restoring a project
To restore your data from the SD card
1. Repeat the procedure for a backup but choose the Restore a project
backup option from the Project backup options.
2. Choose the backup to want to restore. Then you will get the same series of
progress bars as the data is copied from the SD card. When this is finished
you will be prompted as to whether you want to restore the InfraRed signal
data from the SD card to the HouseMate hardware.
21.3 Advanced Backup
The Advanced project management tool allows you to backup and restore
selected files or settings. For example you may only wish to restore the
HouseMate grids but not the user preferences. Another use is to copy a certain
backup file, say the dictionary, between different backups.
Advanced backup should be used with caution and is intended for technicians
and experts only.
To open the advanced backup dialog
1. Repeat the procedure for a backup but choose the Advanced option from the
Project backup options. The advanced project management dialog will be
displayed.
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2. Select the files you want and then choose whether you want to back them up
or restore them.
21.4 Factory Reset
It is possible to completely reset your project to factory default. This action resets
all the preferences to their default values and sets the HouseMate grids to the
example project. It does not recreate the dictionary or erase the InfraRed signals
in your HouseMate hardware.
To reset your project settings
From the ClickToPhone homepage choose Project Settings from the Menu
options and then choose Reset Project. You will be asked to enter the password
“1234” to confirm this action.
21.5 Recreating the word prediction file
It is possible to reset the word prediction file and remove any words that you
have added to it .
To recreate the word prediction file.
To recreate the dictionary choose Project Settings from the Menu options and
then choose Recreate Dictionary.
21.6 Recreating the Phrasebook
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It is possible to re-create the phrase book and set it to the factory content. If you
have installed ClickToPhone over an earlier version that did not support the
phrase book feature then you will need to carry out this procedure.
To recreate the phrase book.
To recreate the phrasebook choose Project Settings from the Menu options and
then choose Recreate Phrasebook.
Note: If you change the phone’s language it is necessary to recreate the
dictionary to install the new words. At time of writing dictionary files exist for
Dutch, Danish, French, Finish, German and Italian languages
Tip: It is possible to remotely examine the contents of an SD card using the
Remote Web Desktop application available free from the Android market and at
www.click2go.ie. This means that your support engineer can copy data from your
SD card, make changes, and then load the new settings back on to your phone.
Contact your supplier for further details.
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22 Status Reporting
Status reports record system and user events that affect the performance of
ClickToPhone. They can be used as a diagnostic tool and to monitor a user’s
usage of the software. They are not intended to be used as a patient alarm.
To view the status reports choose Project Settings from the menu option on the
ClickToPhone homepage and then choose Status Reports. The ClickToPhone
status reports dialog will appear. Choose Open All from the menu option to see
the content of the reports.
The following types of events are recorded in the log file.
1. Standard Reports contain information such as Battery level, GSM signal
strength, Bluetooth status, ClickToPhone mode, last connection and last
switch press.
2. Bluetooth status change & low battery warnings
3. User intervention – such as the project settings being opened or a change in
the ClickToPhone mode.
22.1
Report frequency & Timeout time
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You can change how often a standard report is made and set the timeout period
for triggering a once off report. Once off reports are triggered when there is no
user action (switch press) for the defined period of time.
To change the reporting frequency or timeout time
1. Choose Preferences from the menu option of the ClickToPhone Status
Reports window. Then choose Report Frequency or Timeout time as
required.
22.2 SMS reporting
Reports can be sent by SMS to a predefined mobile telephone number.
To set up SMS reporting.
1. Within the ClickToPhone Status Reports preference page first check the
Enable SMS reporting option.
2. Then choose the telephone number to send the report to and an optional
message to be included at the front of the report. “UserName=Brian” for
example.
3. Finally specify the content of the report. Choose Reports and then check the
options you require.
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Warning: SMS reports are sent at the Report Frequency which can be as
frequent as every 2 hours. Before you enable SMS reporting ensure that the user
is happy to accept these SMS charges. You might also contact your network
provider as they sometimes offer concessions for sending SMS messages to a
frequently used number.
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Connections & Wheelchair Interfacing
There are five different types of hardware that can be used to operate
ClickToPhone with an external switch. Some of the features of the ClickToPhone
app apply only to certain hardware. Be sure of what type of hardware you are
using as you read this manual.
ClickToPhone hardware
Primarily for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced user levels. Some level of
control over other apps in Expert user level. Does not contain a HID module or
InfraRed transmitter.
HouseMate
Primarily for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced user levels. Some level of
control over other apps in Expert user level. Does not contain a HID module.
HouseMate+
Fully featured hardware. Contains HID module.
HouseMatePro.
Fully featured hardware. Contains HID module. Can be fitted with EasyWave
transmitter or RF nurse call.
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ClickToPhone connections & battery
Switch input
Standard 3.5mm jack
socket for connection of a
standard switch.
Switch output.
Switch output for
connection to another
device such as a
communication aid
5 Switch input
6 pin Mini Din for
connection of a switched
joystick or for interfacing
to a wheelchair.
Status LED
Blinks when the hardware
is trying to establish a
connection with the
phone.
NOTE: The switch output of the ClickToPhone must never be connected to a
wheelchair control system. This is because under certain circumstances the relay
could latch on. To integrate a ClickToPhone with a wheelchair take the switch
output from the wheelchair control and plug it into the ClickToPhone, in otherwords use the wheelchair control as the master device rather than the
ClickToPhone.
Switch Input Connection & Relay output
Mono 3.5mm Jack I/P
Pin
Signal
Sleeve
Switch common
Tip
Switch 1
Mono Jack O/P (isolated)
Pin
Signal
Sleeve
Relay contact 1
Tip
Relay contact 2
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5 Switch Input
6 pin Mini DIN Socket (Front view)
Connector
Pin Signal
1
Switch common
2
Joystick Left
1
2
3
Joystick Right
4
Joystick Down
3
4
5
Joystick Up
5
6
6
Joystick Switch
A 6pin DIN to D9 cable is available for interfacing 5 switch devices (such as a
TASH mini joystick) or connecting to a DX or R-Net wheelchair system.
A 6pin DIN to 2 3.5mm jack sockets for Two switch scanning is also available.
Replacing the battery
When the battery is low the ClickToPhone hardware will emit a beep at regular
intervals. In addition the ClickToPhone software will display a “low battery”
message when connected. The battery type is 9V PP3. However, because
Bluetooth uses a significant amount of power we recommend that you purchase
two rechargeable 9v batteries and an external charger.
The battery compartment is located at the back of the ClickToPhone hardware.
To replace the battery gently remove the belt clip followed by the battery cover.
Lift out the battery with the aid of a non-metallic item and insert the new battery
according to the diagram below making sure that the orientation is correct.
9V PP3
Alkaline
+
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HouseMate & HouseMate+ connections
Battery Charging
Illuminates when the
battery is charging
Bluetooth Status
Illuminates when the
hardware has successfully
connected to the phone.
IR and Wake-up status
Has two functions. See
text below for details.
HouseMate button
Exactly the same as Switch
1 the HouseMate button
can be used to control
ClickToPhone and during
setup.
Charger Input
Charger input. Mini USB or
circular connector. +5v,
centre pin positive.
Switch input
Stereo jack input for
connection of 1 or 2
switches. On versions with
a 5 switch input this is a 6
pin Mini Din.
Relay Output
Mono jack output for
connection to a call bell
system.
IR Status LED
The IR status LED has two functions.
1. InfraRed Status
LED illuminates when InfraRed is being transmitted or received.
2. Wake up and Power down status
During powerup the IR LED remains lit until the hardware has connected to
the phone.
During normal operation the IR LED will blink every so often to indicate that it
is switch on. Not to be confused with transmission of an IR signal.
Switch Input Connections & Relay output
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Stereo Jack I/P
Pin
Sleeve
Tip
Ring
Signal
Switch common
Switch 1
Switch 2
Mono Jack O/P (isolated)
Pin
Signal
Sleeve
Relay contact 1
Tip
Relay contact 2
5 Switch Input (5 switch version only)
6 pin Mini DIN.
Connector
1
2
3
4
5
6
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
Signal
Switch common
Joystick Left
Joystick Right
Joystick Down
Joystick Up
Joystick Switch
Charging the battery
HouseMate hardware contains a 2.6Ah Li-Ion battery.
When the battery is low the HouseMate hardware will beep continuously and
when you connect with your phone a message will appear on the screen warning
you that the battery is running low.
If your hardware unit has a Mini USB connector you can recharge it by
connecting it to the USB socket of your computer or any suitable USB charger.
If your hardware has a circular DC connector then you must you use the charger
that was supplied. This is 750mA +5v with a positive center pin. Although the
device is polarity protected and over-voltage protected connection of a different
charger may damage the unit.
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HouseMatePro connections
Bluetooth Status
Illuminates when the
hardware has successfully
connected to the phone.
InfraRed and Wake-up
status
Has two functions. See text
below for details.
HouseMate button
Exactly the same as the
Switch i/p. the HouseMate
button can be used to
control ClickToPhone and
during setup.
Battery Charging
Illuminates orange when
the battery is charging.
Blinks when battery low.
5 Switch input
6 pin Mini Din for
connection of a switched
joystick or for interfacing
to a wheelchair.
Charger Input
Mini USB 5v charger input.
Switch input
Stereo jack input for
connection of 1 or 2 switches.
Relay Output
Mono jack output for
connection to a call bell
system.
IR Status LED
The IR status LED has two functions.
3. InfraRed Status
LED illuminates when InfraRed is being transmitted or received.
4. Wake up and Power down status
During powerup the IR LED remains lit until the hardware has connected to
the phone.
During normal operation the IR LED will blink every so often to indicate that it
is switch on. Not to be confused with transmission of an IR signal.
Switch Input Connections & Relay output
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Stereo Jack I/P
Pin
Sleeve
Tip
Ring
Signal
Switch common
Switch 1
Switch 2
Mono Jack O/P (isolated)
Pin
Signal
Sleeve
Relay contact 1
Tip
Relay contact 2
5 Switch Input
6 pin Mini DIN.
Connector
1
2
3
4
5
6
Pin
1
2
3
4
5
6
Signal
Switch common
Joystick Left
Joystick Right
Joystick Down
Joystick Up
Joystick Switch
Charging the battery
HouseMate hardware contains a 2.1Ah Li-Ion battery.
When the battery is low the HouseMate hardware will beep continuously and
when you connect with your phone a message will appear on the screen warning
you that the battery is running low.
If your hardware unit has a Mini USB connector you can recharge it by
connecting it to the USB socket of your computer or any suitable USB charger.
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Hardware Specifications
Electrical
Power Supply
Quiescent Current
ClickToPhone 1 x 9V PP3
HouseMate 1 x 3.7v Li-Ion rechargeable battery
20mA
Mechanical
Weight
Case material
Approx. 250grams
Black ABS plastic.
Environmental
Operating ambient temperature range
Storage temperature range
Operating and storage humidity
Min
Max
Units
-25
-25
0
50
70
90
ºC
ºC
%RH
HouseMate and ClickToPhone are not designed for outdoor use.
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25 Intended use, Safety and Misuse Warnings
Intended Use
ClickToPhone is a switch adapter designed to enable those individuals who
cannot use a standard mobile phone to operate an Android Smartphone.
HouseMate performs the same function as ClickToPhone but with the added
ability of acting as an Infra-red remote control or Environmental Control system. It
is designed to enable those individuals who cannot use a standard remote
control the ability to operate television, lights, door openers, curtains and other
equipment in their home or place of work/study.
If you are controlling such environmental control equipment ensure that it has
been fitted correctly, that you are using it for it’s intended purpose and that it is
safe to use and operate.
The SMS Alert and Status Reporting features of ClickToPhone are not intended
to be used as a patient alarm for the reasons outlined on page 52. The SMS alert
function is intended to be used as a convenient way to notify another person of
your location. Status reporting is intended to be used as a diagnostic tool.
HouseMate and ClickToPhone are for indoor use only.
Safety and Misuse warning
HouseMate can be operated directly or by connecting an appropriate switch.
ClickToPhone can be operated by connecting one or more switches.
Do not install, maintain or operate your switch interface without reading,
understanding and following the proper instructions and manuals, otherwise
injury or damage may result.
Do not operate the switch interface if it behaves erratically, or shows abnormal
response, heating, smoke or arcing. Turn the unit off, disconnect all cables, and
consult your service agent.
Ensure the switch interface is turned off when not in use and remove the
batteries if it is not going to be used for an extended period.
No connector pins should be touched, as contamination or damage due to
electrostatic discharge may result.
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ClickToPhone and HouseMate are not designed to resist water penetration. If a
spillage occurs Turn the unit off, disconnect all cables, and consult your service
agent. Once turned off any spillage over the switch interface should be wiped dry
without delay. The switch interface may not be used outdoors in damp or wet
conditions.
Most electronic equipment is influenced by Radio Frequency Interference (RFI).
Caution should be exercised with regard to the use of portable communications
equipment in the area around such equipment. While the manufacturer has made
every effort to ensure that RFI does not cause problems, very strong signals
could still cause a problem.
Report any malfunctions immediately to your Service Agent.
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26 Maintenance
Your switch interface hardware (ClickToPhone or HouseMate) should be
regularly checked for integrity. Loose, damaged or corroded connectors or
terminals, or damaged cabling should be reported to your Service Centre and be
replaced immediately.
The PP3 & Li-Ion batteries should be regularly checked for corrosion or leakage.
Occasionally remove the back cover and check for leakages, corrosion and
evidence of over-heating.
If you are not using your switch interface hardware for an extended period
disconnect the battery.
All switches connected to your switch interface hardware should be regularly
tested to ensure that they function correctly.
Your switch interface hardware should be kept free of dust, dirt and liquids. If
necessary wipe with a cloth dampened with warm water or alcohol. Do not use
solvents or abrasive cleaners.
Where any doubt exists, consult your nearest Service Centre or Agent.
There are no user-serviceable parts within your switch interface hardware. Do
not attempt to open the case.
In accordance with the requirements of CE marking of this device and the
Company’s policy, it is requested that re-occurring faults or defects be reported
back to Unique Perspectives Ltd.
Warning !! If your switch interface is damaged in any way, or if internal damage
may have occurred (for example by being dropped), have it checked by qualified
personnel before operating.
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CE Marking
HouseMate is marketed as a technical aid for people with disabilities and
satisfies the requirements of the Medical Device Directive 2007/47/EC.
This includes conformity with essential requirements of Council Directive
2004/108/EC of 15th December 2004 concerning electromagnetic compatibility.
The following international standards have been applied:
I.S. EN ISO 16201:2006 – Technical aids for disabled persons – Environmental
Control Systems for Daily living.
I.S. EN ISO 14971L2012 – Medical devices – Application of risk management to
medical devices.
EN60601-1-2: 2011
EN 55016-2-3 (2010) & A1 (2010) - Emissions
EN61000-4-2 (2009) – Electrostatic discharge
EN61000-4-3 (2006) – Immunity
R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC
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Warranty & Sales and Service Information
All equipment supplied by Unique Perspectives Ltd. is warranted by the company
to be free from faulty materials or workmanship. If any defect is found within the
warranty period of 12 months, the company will repair the equipment, or at its
discretion, replace the equipment without charge for materials and labor.
The warranty is subject to the conditions that the equipment:
Has been used solely in accordance with this manual and for its intended
purpose.
Has not been subjected to misuse or accident, or been modified or repaired
by any person other than someone authorized by Unique Perspectives Ltd.
Has been used solely for the use of interfacing to an Android smart phone.
For Sales and Service advice, or in case of any difficulty, please contact:
Unique Perspectives Ltd.
Ballyclovan
Callan
Kilkenny
Ireland
Telephone:
Fax:
+353 56 7725913
+353 56 7725936
WEB: www.click2go.ie
EMAIL: info@click2go.ie
NOTE: The ClickToPhone or HouseMate switch interface should be clearly
labeled with the manufacturer’s service agent’s telephone number.
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ANNEX 1: Quick Guide
This reference guide briefly explains the purpose of each icon and soft key that
appear throughout the ClickToPhone application for each of the four user levels.
The right hand column indicates the user level requirement for the particular soft
key to be available. For example the Delete Contact soft key is only available in
Expert user level ‘E’.
B+ = Beginner and higher, I+ = Intermediate and higher, A+ = advances and higher, E = Expert.
B+
Contacts
Dial contact
Dial the selected contact. If the speaker phone option is enabled it will automatically be turned on.
Write a text
Opens the text editor window and qwerty keyboard so that you can write a text message.
B+
I+
Send SMS
Send the SMS message to the contact and return to the contacts window.
I+
Continue writing
Go back to the text editor window and continue writing.
I+
Phrasebook
Insert a phrase, add a phrase or edit the phrasebook (E).
E
Insert contact card
Insert a contacts name and phone number
E
Add a recipient
Send the text to another contact
E
Cancel SMS
Cancel the SMS and go back to the contacts window.
Send a phrase
Choose between a pre-defined list of “phrases” to send to the chosen contact.
I+
Open category
The phrase book is divided into different categories.
I+
Send phrase
Send the phrase to the contact and return to the contacts window.
I+
Exit phrasebook
Cancel the SMS and go back to the contacts window.
Send email
If an email is defined for the current contact then launch the gmail app to write an email.
E
Manage contact
Opens up the Contact Manager so that you can edit or delete the chosen contact or add a new contact.
E
New contact
Open the contact editor to create a new contact
E
Edit contact
Open the contact editor to edit the current contact
E
Delete contact
Delete the current contact.
E
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Page up
Go up a page of contacts.
I
Page down
Go down a page of contacts.
I
Search Contacts
Search for a contacts alphabetically.
New Contact
A+
Edit Contact
Open keyboard
Open a text or numeric soft-keyboard to enter text or numbers.
E
Next
Tab on to the next input field. Changes the focus from the contact name to the contact number to the
phone type and so on.
Contact manager
Hide the text or numeric soft-keyboard and display the contact manager soft keys to save or cancel
the current edits.
Select photo
Select a photo for the contact, to be displayed alongside the contact name.
E
Save contact
Save the contact details to the system contacts and return to previous page
E
E
E
Send SMS notifications
SMS sent
The SMS was sent successfully.
SMS delivered
The SMS was delivered to the recipient successfully.
SMS failed
The SMS was not sent and has been added to the drafts folder.
Messages
Open Folder/Conversation
Open the selected folder or conversation thread to view the SMS messages.
A+
Dial sender
Call the sender of the message.
I+
Reply
Opens the text editor window and qwerty keyboard so that you can reply to the sender with a new text message.
I+
Reply with a phrase
Open the phrasebook and send a phrase to the sender.
I+
Forward
Forward this SMS to another contact
E
Delete SMS
Delete the current SMS.
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Add sender to contacts
Open the contact editor to add the sender to the contacts list
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Previous
Open the previous message.
I+
Down
Use this soft key to scroll down through long messages
I+
Next
Open the next message.
I+
I+
Phone
0-9, *, #
Digits 0 – 9, * and #. If you type 00 a ‘+’ symbol is automatically inserted for international calls.
Dial Number
Dial the number.
I+
Send a text.
Opens the text editor window and qwerty keyboard so that you can send a text to the number.
A+
Call History
View the call history of outgoing, incoming and missed calls
A+
I+
Incoming call
This was a call to your phone from another person that you answered.
Missed call
A call to your phone that you did not answer.
Outgoing call
An outgoing call that you made. Does not indicate whether it was answered or not.
I+
Backspace
B+
Text to speech
Write a text
Opens up a text editor window so that you can write a text to speak.
Speak the text
Speaks the written text
Phrasebook
Open the phrasebook and select a phrase to speak
Edit Phrasebook
Edit the phrasebook
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Add to phrasebook
Add the current text to the phrasebook
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Music Player
Play/Pause
Play or pause the currently selected music track.
Volume Up
Equivalent to pressing the volume up key on your phone.
Volume Down
Equivalent to pressing the volume down key on your phone.
Home
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage.
A+
Gallery
Left, Right, to select pictures etc
Zoom in
Zoom in on the current picture
Home
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage.
A+
Camera
Shoot
Take a picture and store it on the SD card.
Home
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage.
A+
Internet
Click
Make a mouse click at the current pointer position
Mouse Move
Mouse the mouse pointer to a specific position. The direction of the arrows specifies which quadrant of the
screen you want to move the mouse to.
Home
Go back to the ClickToPhone homepage.
Expert keyboard
Open the expert soft keyboard. From there you can open the numeric and text soft keyboards if you want to
enter a text.
Zoom in
Zoom in. Make the text and images bigger.
Zoom out
Zoom out. Make the text and images smaller
Search
Open the default search engine.
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Previous page
Go back to the previous page.
Bookmarks
Open the bookmarks
Mouse keyboard
Open the mouse soft keyboard. This soft key appears in the expert keyboard when you are using the Internet
application and allows you to return to the mouse keyboard after entering some text or using the arrow keys.
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Mouse Pointer mode
Mouse pointer mode, switch to keyboard mode
Indicates that you are in Mouse pointer mode. Press your switch when this symbol is visible to switch to
Keyboard mode.
Keyboard mode, switch to Mouse pointer mode
Indicates that you are in Keyboard mode. Press your switch when this symbol is visible to switch to Mouse
pointer mode. If you are connected to ClickToPhone hardware or an earlier unit without a HID then it is only
possible to use Keyboard mode.
Home
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Home key.
Menu
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Menu key
Move mouse pointer up and right
Use a cross-hairs to move the mouse pointer up and to the right.
Mouse click/Drag mode
Equivalent to clicking on the screen at the location of the mouse pointer.
Swipe Menu
A menu of swipe functions for implementing gestures.
Swipe left
Implement a swipe on the screen to the left. Use this to change home screens.
Swipe Right
Implement a swipe on the screen to the right.
Swipe Up
Implement a swipe on the screen upwards. Use this to scroll through lists.
Swipe Down
Implement a swipe on the screen downwards.
Click Lock
A special function that locks the software in this mode until you either make a long click of your switch
or press it 3 times.
Up
Equivalent to pressing the Up soft key.
Enter
Equivalent to pressing the enter soft key and will select a highlighted list item or screen object.
Back
Equivalent to pressing the phone’s Back key.
Exit mouse pointer mode
Exit mouse pointer mode.
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