Dynamic Controls iPortal allows controlling iPhone via joystick in wheelchair


The medical device innovators are developing devices and applications that can be integrated with iPhone.  Sanofi-Aventis announced an iPhone plug-in glucose meter that was developed in collaboration of Agamatrix.  Dynamic Controls is a Christchurch, New Zealand based company that have product to address needs of people with disabilities.  Dynamic Controls developed a system that allows you to control your iPhone or iPod touch by a joystick in wheelchair via your.  Wow!  

Bluetooth is the link between your wheelchair and the iPhone that allows to make phone calls, surf internet by a joy stick.  The iPortal system was released in July and has capability to display real time information about wheelchair in iPhone, such as batter life, speed, adjustment, heading direction, etc.  The system is designed to detect and report problems with the wheelchair.  The new version of the iPortal system will be unveiled at Rehacare 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  The wheelchair has a cradle to mount iPhone or iPod along with its charger.  


The features described on the product website are as follows:   

  • Bluetooth® technology to connect with the wheelchair system
  • Dashboard application for iPhone and iPod Touch that displays wheelchair information in real time (to download the application visit iTunes)
    • speed and speed range...

    • compass heading (iPhone 3GS only)
    • seat adjustment indicator
    • battery state
    • one touch emergency contact
    • power chair event logging
  • Operates with Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPod touch V2.0 and 3.0
  • Can be easily added to any new or existing Dynamic Controls DX2, DX or Shark wheelchair control systems without reprogramming the wheelchair
  • Adjustable mounting arm and cradle to conveniently position the iPhone or iPod touch for the user
  • an Apple USB charging port to keep the iPhone or iPod touch fully charged  
  • an auxiliary USB charging-only port for other devices 

I think integration of iPhone or iPod with wheelchair is quite an innovation.  It enhances the user ability of wheelchair, while talking, surfing net and getting some direction from your iPhone. 

Source:  Medgadget

2 Responses

  1. Users of the iPhone may find that the iPad offers much of the same features as the iPad.

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