Wheelchair Users Control an iPhone or iPod Touch Via their Wheelchair Joystick

A pioneering solution that gives wheelchair users the ability to control an iPhone or iPod touch via their wheelchair joystick will be unveiled for the first time at this year's Rehacare exhibition.

The next generation of the iPortal is Dynamic Control's latest solution to help enhance the quality of life of people living with a disability; allowing people with limited hand access to surf the internet, make phone calls, have access to friends and also use the speech assistance functions.

Most of us take making a phone call for granted, but for someone with limited hand control it can be an impossible task. To control an iPhone through the DX2 REM 550 remote represents a quantum leap in functionality for wheelchair users.

iPortal was launched in July this year and displays wheelchair information in real time, alerting the user to things such as the speed range indicator, compass heading, a seat adjustment indicator and the battery state. There's also a diagnostics feature that interprets any problems with the wheelchair and enables clear communication with support services.

A bluetooth connection, an adjustable mounting for iPod and iPhone, apple USB charging, a second USB charging port are also included in the solution - offering increased safety and security for the wheelchair and its user whilst they are out and about. Using existing applications, it also works in conjunction with the users' environmental surroundings such as DVD's/TV's, curtains openers etc.

"We are delivering a unique approach to wheelchair displays that not only shows information in an exciting, easy to read way but also brings the latest mainstream technology to the chair," said Charlotte Walshe, CEO of Dynamic Controls.

"We are really proud of the latest enhancement to the product and the opportunity it provides for powered wheelchair users to participate in mainstream, technological developments. We are looking forward to showing it for the first time at Rehacare 2010."

The iPortal solution was first launched last year at REHACARE 2009 where it generated unprecedented market interest. This year the company is delighted to be coming back to the show to unveil the next generation of the device and have already received lots of interest from customers around the world who are eager to see it for the first time.

The iPortal supports 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 systems without reprogramming the wheelchair.

Joystick control will initially be available on the DX2-REM550 with other input devices set to follow.

The Rehacare exhbition will take place from October from 6-9th October 2010 and throughout the show Dymanic Control will be located on the British Pavillion in hall 3, stand 3a70-b. The iPortal will be on display throughout the exhibition.

For further information, please visit:
http://www.dynamiccontrols.com/iportal/

About Dynamic Controls
Dynamic Controls is the world's leading manufacturer of electronic controls for powered wheelchairs and the company prides itself on creating products for the whole person. Dynamic employs 360 staff with 180 based in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2009 it had revenues of approximately NZ$100 million.

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