Wheelchair App To Let Riders Control Their Chair With iPhone

A new iPhone application from Dynamic Controls would turn an iPhone into a sophisticated remote control for the company’s electric wheelchairs. The application would connect to the chair over Bluetooth, and allow the rider to control several aspects of the chair in an intuitive and cool looking interface.

“We recognized the iPhone has revolutionized the way people communicate and saw the opportunity to develop this solution for wheelchair users, taking full advantage of Apple’s ‘Works with iPod / Made for iPhone’ developer program,” said Charlotte Walshe, CEO of Dynamic Controls.

Other benefits include the incorporation of an on-chair charger for the iPhone and a ‘chair doctor’ wheelchair diagnostics feature that interprets any problems with the wheelchair.

Connectivity features include displaying the status of wheelchair, through to computer mouse control, IR and WiFi appliance control, on-chair connected devices as well as direct access to Dynamic Controls’ website with content of interest to wheelchair users.

Dynamic Controls unveiled its latest technology at REHACARE in Germany, the world’s top trade fair for those with special needs and requiring care.

“We had overwhelming support from those who viewed it at REHACARE and we are confident that when it is launched in April 2010 we will exceed our initial expectations.”

The new feature is expected to be read for release around April of 2010.

The new technology operates with an iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPod touch V2.0 and 3.0. It can easily be fitted to any new or existing Dynamic Controls DX2, DX or Shark wheelchair control system without reprogramming the wheelchair.

[via Cult of Mac]

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