Northern California Abilities Expo in San Mateo Features Latest Assistive TechnologyBy McDaniel, Vicki; AT Journal, Vol. 39, No. 1
Publication Date: December 2001
Article reports on assistive technology (AT) presented at the Abilities Expo in San Mateo, California, which took place from November 30th to December 2nd in the year 2001. The fair featured a significant amount of mobility devices, and provided AT displays for new and veteran users. Displays included products such as the EZ-Chair, the Dyna Walk, and the E-Talk augmentative communication device. The EZ-chair is a self-propelling scooter/wheelchair, which provides effortless peddling, single hand steering, and four-position height adjustment. The device is made from 6061 T-6 Aircraft Aluminum, and weighs 31 pounds. The EZ-Chair folds to fit in the trunk of a small compact car, and is ideal for people who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and back injuries. The Dyna Walk is a walker wheelchair designed for use as a seat, stander, walker, or hands-free walker. The device enables users to safely transition from sitting to standing to walking, and to be positioned comfortably at any point in between. The E-Talk features screen software that allows a custom communication system to be created for every user. Pictures can be mixed with text, and systems can be created ranging from picture-based to text-based. The computer system also features text to speech capability, touch screen access, and a black-and-white color display.
Assistive Products Discussed: E-TALK (MODELS CS 5500, CS 6400, & CS 8400)
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