Two-switch digital device, most often used as a “yes/no” communicator.
With built-in microphone, messages could be changed to something other than “yes/no”.
The Enco IV is a scanning switching unit which permits single or dual switch control of 5 functions.
Functions can be either on, off 115 volt AC appliances or
low voltage control circuits such as a nurse call or intercom.
Portable communication device, preprogrammed with hundreds of words,
phrases, and letters, allowing the user to access these words/phrases
by using switch scanning or direct access.
The Iron Lung is a negative pressure ventilator that enables a person
to breathe when the work of breathing exceeds the person’s ability
to breathe. Negative pressure ventilation has since been superseded
by positive pressure ventilation, like the ventilators PROP clients use today.
A communication device that was accessed using direct input,
head-pointing, and scanning.
The LightWriter is a text-to-speech communication device. After typing in a message,
the device would speak the message aloud.
Precursor to the Liberator from PRC, the LightTalker was also a communication
device used with various input methods.
The Pilot was a selection device, activated by light held or worn by the user,
that was connected to a typewriter. When the user shone light onto
a letter, the light would trigger a relay connected to a typewriter letter,
causing the typewriter to type the particular letter.
Many people who used the iron lung have passed away. This was a time sensitive project as new patients will not be fitted with an iron lung as their first respiratory technology any longer. This is a history project with two oral interviews and one written interview. Explore the interviews of 3 people who experienced life with the iron lung, keeping the history alive!.