Anglesey, Wales -- Subvenio is an assistive technology that allows an enhanced interface to be easily integrated into existing environmental control systems. The intuitive interface enables disabled or physically impaired people fast and full control of their existing automated systems. From changing channel on the TV or radio, making and receiving telephone calls though to paging the carer, all simply at the click of a mouse button, head movement, or soon by voice recognition.
This is achieved by the software displaying a fully interactive floor plan of the client’s home with icons relating to each controllable device. The client can customize the floor plan to their hearts content, adding multiple devices if necessary and changing their location as they wish.
Simple devices such as lights or curtain openers are controlled by a single click. More complex devices such as televisions are controlled via an interactive virtual remote control on the screen, providing an incredibly fast and intuitive interface that the client is already familiar with. It will enable the client to function to their optimum with similar speeds and efficiency to that of a person with no disabilities.
Not only does this software give the client a sense of normality with how they interact with their surroundings, it also enhances the user’s quality of life and psychological well being. A new device can be added and configured easily by the carer. No need for a costly engineer to attend and install. Subvenio is extremely versatile. The software will reduce costs on equipment, social care, and reduce the burden on family and carers allowing the user supported self care and greater independence with their lives.
The software will enhance the mental welfare of the user providing them with the same interface as non-disabled persons use and just as fast. The system will:
reduce cost, e.g. less reliance on carer from user’s ability to control more of their environment;
increase independence for users;
reduce the user’s reliance on carers / family members to enable them to use TV, Telephone, DVD, Lights etc with the same speed and ease as other family members; and
improve the users self esteem / enhanced psychological well being.
The software will integrate into existing environmental control systems,
The software has already been tested in the home with Possum / GEWA Infrared Devices for a period of three years, fully integrating with all the clients existing environmental controls (as well as new ones which have been added since), replacing his redundant system. The trial has been a great success and the client continues to use Subvenio. “I have been using Subvenio to control my environmental controls through my laptop. The interface has allowed me to respond much faster to answering and dialling the phone, answering the front door intercom and opening the door, adjusting the volume and TV controls, playing stopping CD/DVDs and much much more,” said Luke Ratcliff, a C4 quadriplegic.
Thee unit costs $1,200. An infrared controller accompanies the unit. Mailing and packaging and any tax are separate expenses. For information visit www.hathawaytechnologies.co.uk.