Installing a Voice Activated Environmental Control Unit for Under 500 DollarsBy Hall, Brian; Molloy, James; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Paper discusses the factors and issues involved in setting up a voice-activated environmental control unit. The project discussed in the paper was primarily intended to assist in the well being of a client with multiple sclerosis. The client uses a wheelchair and lacks mobility in his extremities. Care is provided throughout the day and evening hours, yet there are times when the client is alone and could make use of environmental control technology. The system utilizes X-10 technology and a computer with voice-recognition software. X-10 technology allows for the remote control of household appliances. If the technology could be installed into the home of the client, then it would be possible for the client to gain a level of independence that could alleviate the anxiety that occurs during times of solitude. The chosen supplier for the system’s X-10 technology was X-10 Wireless Technology, Incorporated. The company provided free downloaded control software for an X-10 RF transmitter. The software interface allows for environmental control via keyboard commands. Dragon NaturallySpeaking was chosen for the voice recognition software. The software allows for the voice training of dictation shortcuts, allowing the necessary keyboard commands for controlling individual modules to be easily established. Before installing the system into the client’s home, it was evaluated at a remote location. The system was found to meet all of the pricing and design criteria. Within one hour following installation, the client was trained on the voice recognition software, and was able to accurately control his environment by using short and simple voice commands.
Assistive Products Discussed: DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)