Origin Instruments Corporation854 Greenview Drive
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050-2438
Products manufactured by Origin Instruments Corporation (listed alphabetically)
AIRVOTER (MODEL AC-0300-AV1V2)
The AirVoter, model AC-0300-AV1V2, is a pneumatic (sip and puff) voting machine control designed for use by voters with upper extremity disabilities or amputation, neurological or severe physical disabilities, spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy. This system allows the user to vote independently on an accessible voting machine through sips or puffs on a disposable mouthpiece in time with visible or headphone-audible cues. After a voter has completed a ballot, the mouthpiece is discarded and the system is available for the next voter. The disposable mouthpiece has an in-line aseptic filter that prevents fluids from being deposited in the reusable tubing to enable hygienic voting by a succession of voters. The mouthpiece is connected by pneumatic tube to a small switch enclosure that converts sips and puffs into electrical signals. This enclosure then connects to the voting machine through a single stereo cable or a USB switch interface. The system includes two sealed mouthpiece assemblies, each with latex-free gloves and instruction sheet; an adjustable padded headset; an air tube with connectors; the sip-puff switchbox with integrated push-buttons for testing purposes; and a cable connection to voting machine. For storage and transport, the system comes in a compact portable case resembling a briefcase with handle and snap closures. OPTIONS: Swifty USB Switch Interface for accessible voting machines that require a USB connection for switches. DIMENSIONS: Air tube is 6 feet long. WEIGHT: 6 pounds (including case).
Beam is a mouse emulator designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or severe physical or upper extremity disabilities. This device is generally used by those with adaptive switches who wish to break the hard connection between the switch and their computers. Beam enables a HeadMouse Extreme (see entry) user to actuate the left, right, and middle mouse buttons using adaptive switches without a direct connection to the HeadMouse. For a Swifty (see entry) user, the Beam sends up to three button events that Swifty interprets as mouse buttons, joystick buttons or keyboard keys based on the Swifty configuration. This device can connect to standard adaptive switches (not included) that use 1/8-inch (3.5-millimeter) plugs and supports up to three switches. Single and dual switches with mono or stereo plugs may be used. with Beam. POWER: Uses three internal double-A alkaline batteries. DIMENSIONS: 3.75 x 2.5 x 1.1 inches. WEIGHT: Less than 5 ounces including batteries. WARRANTY: One-year warranty.
Dragger, also called Dragger32, is a mouse emulator program designed for use by individuals with upper extremity, neurological, or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. Using the AutoClick feature, mouse clicks can be performed by dwelling. Dwells and switch clicks can be transformed into double clicks, right clicks, or drags. This feature enters a left-button click after the pointer is motionless for a user-defined period of 0.2 to 10 seconds. A single click entered manually or with AutoClick can be converted to a double click, right click, or drag. The toolbar also provides single click access to move the keyboard, hide the keyboard, or size the toolbar. An on/off button for AutoClick is also included in the toolbar to pause the AutoClick and eliminate inadvertent mouse clicks. A Jitter Box feature aids in compensating for user difficulties in controlling the mouse pointer. HotZone mode enables functionality without the toolbar being visible on the screen, providing unobscured Web browsing or functionality in many full-screen games. The HotZones are eight invisible rectangles around the edges of the screen to which various functions can be assigned. A group or set of HotZones can be defined and saved for use with a specific game. Audible tones indicate when the mouse pointer moves in or out of a HotZone. A reduced functionality mode designed specifically for children reduces the toolbar to two buttons for the most essential features: AutoClick and left drag, while hiding infrequently used features and the options menu. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, or XP.
HeadMouse Extreme is an mouse emulator designed to provide full mouse control of computers for people without use of their hands, but who have good head control. It operates from the top of a computer monitor, laptop computer, or augmentative communication device, and measures the user's head movements. The HeadMouse tracks a small disposable target that is placed on the user's forehead or glasses. This device provides a wide field-of-view, supports graphics-intensive applications like drawing and computer aided design. HeadMouse Extreme connects to the computer or augmentative communication device through a USB port and operates using standard mouse drivers. The integrated electronic tilt sensor automatically adapts to even the most unusual mounting requirements. When used with an onscreen keyboard, HeadMouse Extreme provides complete hands-free computer control. The unit is equipped with standard 1/8-inch (3.5 millimeter) input for two wired switches and a built-in receiver for wireless switches POWER: The HeadMouse is powered by the host device, over the USB connection. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible computers, Macintosh computers, and augmentative communication devices. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: USB port. OPTIONS: Specialized mounting brackets for laptop computers, flat panel displays, and communication devices; sts of 50 and 200 target dots; sip and puff switch and mouth tubes; wireless switch transmitter. DIMENSIONS: 3.7 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches. WEIGHT: Less than 3.5 ounces. WARRANTY: Two years.
SIP / PUFF SWITCH WITH HEADSET
The Head Mounted Sip/Puff Switch is a pneumatic switch designed for use by individuals with upper extremity, neurological, or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. The Sip/Puff Switch is a head mounted accessory used to actuate a two-position switch by a simple sip or puff. It can be used directly with the HeadMouse Extreme (see entry), connected to the Wireless Switch Transmitter (see entry), or used with any switch-activated device, such as environmental control systems, communication devices, adapted toys and emergency call systems. The device consists of an adjustable head frame with an attached mouth tube and a switch box connected to the head frame by a second plastic tube. The switch box converts sip and puff to electrical closures. The switch closures are accessed by connecting the device to be operated to the box using the included cables and integral 1/8-inch microphone connectors. The package includes the adjustable padded head frame with mouth tube, head frame tube with pneumatic connector, three switch cables with male microphone connectors, three replacement mouth tubes, and an instruction sheet. All tubing is replaceable and Latex-free. Two integrated pressure switches located on the label enable a caregiver or attendant to activate the device. OPTIONS: Replacement mout tubes. DIMENSIONS: The pneumatic tube with connector is 6 feet long; the switch cables are 5 feet long.
SOFTYPE 4.2 & SOFTYPE 4.5 FOR INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARDS
SofType is an on screen keyboard program designed for use by people with upper extremity, neurological, or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. This graphical keyboard program provides access to Microsoft Windows applications and works with any mouse or mouse emulator, such as the HeadMouse or HeadMouse for Portables (not included; see separate entries). The software includes a variety of features including word prediction, which enables the user to select a word from the included list or from a personalized list with only a few keystrokes. Words can be added to the list as the user types. Abbreviation Expansion expands a user-defined abbreviation or character string into a word, phrase, sentence, or other more complex sequence. This program also offers macro capability, enabling users to enterlong text strings and commands with as few as two keystrokes. The Run Menu enables users to start up to 10 user-selected applications using two keystrokes. Mouse clicks can be performed anywhere in the Windows environment using the AutoClick dwell-selection feature. This feature enters a left-button click after the pointer is motionless for a user-defined period of 0.2 to 10 seconds. The built-in Dragger utility gives the user single switch access to two-button mouse features, including double click, right click, and click and drag. A single click entered manually or with AutoClick can be converted to a double click, right click, or drag. The Dragger toolbar also provides single click access to move the keyboard, hide the keyboard, or size the Dragger. An on/off button for AutoClick is also included in the toolbar to pause the AutoClick and eliminate inadvertent mouse clicks. A Jitter Box feature aids in compensating for user difficulties in controlling the mouse pointer. Several keyboard layouts are available, including QWERTY, alphabetical, numerical, frequency-based, and KidKeys (for young users). Layouts can be independently adjusted with regard to key and font sizes and spacing between keys. The appearance of the keyboard can be modified in color and font style. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, or XP.
SWIFTY USB SWITCH INTERFACE
The Swifty USB Switch Interface is a switch interface designed to provide mouse or keyboard emulation for people with severe physical, neurological, or upper extremity disabilities or spinal cord injury. This device can output mouse clicks, joystick button actions, or keyboard functions. This device It accepts standard 3.5-millimeter (mm) stereo or mono plugs for directly connecting up to two adaptive switches. When used with Beam (not included; see separate entry), the device supports three inputs and wireless input. Swifty uses standard USB Human Interface Device (HID) drivers and works with computers and many communication (AAC) devices. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible, Macintosh, or Linux computers. POWER: Uses the USB host and does not require external power. OPTIONS: Cable Kit. DIMENSIONS: 2 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches.
Products distributed by Origin Instruments Corporation (listed alphabetically)
Keystrokes 3 is an on-screen keyboard program designed for use by individuals with fine motor, upper extremity, neurological, and severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. It is a virtual on-screen keyboard program that allows the user to type with a mouse, trackball, head pointer, or other mouse emulator to enter characters into any standard Macintosh application. The program provides multilingual word prediction, including word completion, next word prediction, and multi-word prediction in any Roman language and other languages. Dictionaries can be edited, and new dictionaries can be added for additional languages or dialects. The program learns the user's vocabulary as the user types or through text files; on Mac OS X learned text can be spell-checked automatically to prevent learning typos. For those who can position a pointer, but not click the mouse buttons, a dwell utility allows mouse button clicks to be entered by holding the cursor motionless for a programmable period of time. The on-screen keyboard floats above other applications, and can be automatically shown and hidden as needed. The program provides visual and audio feedback, including voice output for text entered in English, configurable auto-spacing and auto-capitalization features for a number of languages, and various key designs, selectable font, and adjustable key spacing. The program works with US and international keyboard layouts and includes five interactively resizable keyboard models. A Simple Mode is available to limit a student's access to more advanced features. OPTIONS: Also available in French. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 9 or higher or Mac OS X 10.1.3 or higher (OS X 10.2 recommended); minimum 800 x 600 pixel screen resolution; 10 megabytes (MB) of free memory. The program comes with a copy of an earlier version, KeyStrokes 2.2, for use on older machines running Mac OS 7.1 and up.
Switch XS is a mouse emulator and single switch keyboard modification program designed for use by individuals with upper extremity, fine motor, neurological, or severe physical disabilities or spinal cord injury. It enables individuals who cannot use a mouse or keyboard to operate a computer by pressing a single switch. It works with any standard Macintosh application and offers full mouse and keyboard emulation by means of a scanning mode. With each click on the switch the user selects an action, such as "move the cursor up" or "type B," from one of several predefined scanning panels. The user can set scanning speed and cycling, mouse speed, and whether the scanning panel becomes partially or fully transparent when no scan is taking place. In addition to switches, the program works with most USB joysticks and gamepads, regular keyboards, and switch interfaces that emulate any of these. The program works with US and several international keyboard layouts. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Apple Macintosh computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher operating system; minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
VisioVoice is a voice output screen reader and screen magnification program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The screen reader can be used to listen to selected text in any application or to text, Word, HTML, PDF, or RTF documents. It has play, pause, stop, rewind and fast forward functions, and can highlight words or sentences on screen as they are spoken. The content of buttons, menus, and text entry areas can be read in applications that support Apple's Accessibility API, including Safari, Mail, Finder, TextEdit, and many third-party applications. An Image Enlarger window zooms the area around the cursor, and a Text Enlarger shows the title of buttons, menus, text entry areas, and other text in large type in a separate window. Other features include large, customizable cross-hair and target cursors; the ability to convert Text, Word, HTML, PDF and RTF documents to audio files or iTunes tracks; user-configurable system-wide hot keys; and translations of VoiceOver and VoiceOver Utility for French and Dutch. The program comes with Infovox iVox, which provides voices for the Mac. OPTIONS: Spanish, French, British English, or Brazilian Portuguese Spanish add-on. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Apple Macintosh computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS X 10.4 or later operating system; G3/G4/G5 900 megaHertz (MHz) processor with 512 megabytes (MB) or any Intel Mac.