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Integrated control and related technology of assistive devices

Ding, D and Cooper, RA and Kaminski, BA and Kanaly, JR and Allegretti, A and Chaves, E and Hubbard, S (2003) Integrated control and related technology of assistive devices. Assistive Technology, 15 (2). 89 - 97. ISSN 1040-0435

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Assistive devices are now available that allow persons with severe physical disabilities to complete tasks independently. When the user has severe physical limitations, it may be advantageous to have an integrated control system where a single control interface (e.g., joystick, head switches, voice recognition system, keypad) is used to operate two or more assistive devices (e.g., power wheelchairs, augmentative communication devices, computers, environmental control units, and other devices that are controlled electronically). The advantages of integrated control are that persons with limited motor control can access several devices with one access site without assistance, and the user does not need to learn a different operating mechanism for each device. The purpose of this review is to convey the depth and breadth of the research that has been conducted on integrated control systems, as well as to provide some insights into future directions. We reviewed research works pertaining to communication and environmental control, computer access, and wheelchair guidance systems. Information gathered in this study will help people become fully aware of the status of contemporary integrated control technology in order to increase the quality of life of people who use electronic assistive devices. © 2003 RESNA.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ding, Ddad5@pitt.eduDAD5
Kaminski, BA
Kanaly, JR
Allegretti, A
Chaves, E
Hubbard, S
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2003
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Assistive Technology
Volume: 15
Number: 2
Page Range: 89 - 97
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/10400435.2003.10131892
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1040-0435
Article Type: Review
MeSH Headings: Disabled Persons; Electronics--instrumentation; Equipment Design; Human Engineering; Humans; Self-Help Devices; Systems Integration; Task Performance and Analysis; User-Computer Interface; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 15137725
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2012 19:17
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 12:58


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