how assistive technology fosters independence

 

 
 
 

Opening and closing a front door

In this video, I am demonstrating how I open and close my front door with only the use of my voice. The products used include: one open sesame automatic door opener, a go-go gate garage door opener and an Amazon echo. The open sesame automatic door opener usually comes with a button that can be pressed to open the door but since I wanted to have access to this with my voice I wired in a go-go gate garage door opener that can be controlled with the Amazon echo. I used ifttt triggers to get these devices to interact with each other.

Being able to open and close my door independently is incredibly important to my independence. Not only being able to exit my house in case of an emergency but having the freedom to go outside or enter my house when I choose is incredibly important. A special thank you to go-go gate for helping me research and find out their product was compatible with the open sesame automatic door opener.

breathing Independently

in this video I am demonstrating how I use my “cough assist machine” independently. The products I use are a Phillips cough assist machine, a gooseneck arm, face mask, wemo outlet and Amazon echo. To achieve this task it is usually necessary to have the assistance of a caretaker. I use ifttt triggers to get these devices to interact. To make this work I plug the Philips cough assist machine into the wemo outlet, leaving the cough assist machine on and in the automatic setting. Since I leave the cough assist on when it receives power from the wemo outlet it automatically runs. I positioned myself next to the mounted mask and then I send a command to the Amazon echo to turn the wemo on which then gives the cough assist machine power which allows it to run.

Due to limited lung function I am unable to achieve a full cough which makes this machine necessary to clear my lungs throughout the day. Being able to do this without the help of a caretaker is a key task to my independence. Living alone it would be difficult to ask for assistance every time I needed to cough.

 

controlling the room temperature

In this video I am demonstrating how I can adjust the thermostat in my home to my desired temperature. I use a nest thermostat and a Amazon echo to achieve this task. I use ifttt triggers to get these devices to interact.

Due to having a spinal cord injury I have a difficult time regulating my temperature which can unusually leave me hot or cold. Being able to change the temperature in my home easily is more important than I would’ve imagined thus being able to easily adjust the temperature contributes to my independence.

 

controlling the house lights

In this video i am demonstrating how i can control the lights in my house. i use a amazon echo and wemo light switches to achieve this task. you can use ifttt triggers or connect these two devices directly under the skills section on the amazon app.

since I am unable to use my arms the only way I can control my lights is by voice. Even though this is a simple task not being dependent on somebody else increases my independence.

 

controlling a space heater

In this video I am demonstrating how I can control space heater with voice commands. I use a Dyson link space heater and a Amazon echo to achieve this task. I connect these two devices under these skills section in the Amazon app.

Being a quadriplegic I have a difficult time regulating my temperature which leaves me feeling cold quite often. Rather than heating my entire house I am able to use the space heater to heat up only in the room I am spending time in. This increases my independence and comfort level.

 

Controlling TV with IR Controls

In this video, I am demonstrating how I can control my tv using the IR controls on my Permobil wheelchair.

 

Using IFTTT triggers to connect two devices

In this video i am demonstrating how i use ifttt triggers from the ifft trigger website to connect two devices so that i a able to control the object by voice. in thsi video i use a wemo switch, amazon echo, happy light, and the ifft trigger website.

in order to do this you need a device that can have its on switch kept on at all times so that the wemo switch can control its power. i use the happy light as an example but this can be used to connect almost any two devices which allows me to take control over most devices in my house.