Do you or your child use a switch to communicate or interact with your environment?
Consider participating in a research study evaluating a wireless interface for environmental and smart-device control.
What is this study about?
We are collaborating with a company called Komodo OpenLab to do a pre-market evaluation of their device called the Tecla-e. Tecla-e is a cloud-connected assistive device that provides users with control of their smart-devices and environment. It can control up to 8 Bluetooth-compatible devices or Internet-enabled appliances.
Who can participate?
We are looking for participants who:
- are between 10 and 30 years old,
- have a motor impairment that prevents them from using standard technology interfaces (e.g. mouse, keyboard, touchscreen) due to cerebral palsy (GMFCS III or greater), cervical spinal cord injury (C4-C5, ASIA A or B), muscular dystrophy, or any other condition,
- have the ability to intentionally activate an access technology (i.e. a switch) when cued, in a functional and non-fatiguing manner,
- have the ability to use single-switch scanning or the ability to use multiple switches,
- have normal or corrected-to-normal vision,
- are proficient in English.
The first part of the study will involve the research team visiting participants in their homes, once a week for 4 weeks. During these sessions a series of questionnaires will be completed to understand the participant’s environment, individual goals, and needs that the Tecla-e can help meet. The team will also complete an in-home setup of the Tecla-e and associated devices.
The second part the study consists of a 1 hour focus group that participants will be invited to attend to give feedback on their experience with Tecla-e.
What are the benefits of participating?
Participants will receive a Tecla-e device, as well as any associated equipment necessary to the achievement of their individual goals (e.g. indoor positioning beacons, mobile devices, access, technologies Smart Home hubs, etc.)
To ask questions or to sign up, please contact the research coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Hopmans, CanChild Centre, McMaster University