Steeper launch switch access device for apple touchscreen devices
Steeper’s Assistive Technology Division is delighted to announce the launch of Pererro – bringing iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad to a new audience.
At the 2013 ATiA Conference in Orlando, Florida this week, Steeper will unveil Pererro – a unique product that utilises VoiceOver to bring Apple touchscreen devices to those previously unable to use this technology.
There are an estimated 2.5 million people in the western world unable to use touchscreen technology due to conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Duchenne’s, Muscular Dystrophy or simply the elderly or infirm. Pererro will make iOS technology easily and readily available to this audience for the first time!
Dave Howson, Managing Director of Steeper’s Assistive Technology Division, explains:
“Pererro is a simple, compact and light, plug and play adapter that powers directly from the iOS device, providing access to iOS on iPod touch, iPhone & iPad via Apple VoiceOver.
“It is designed to plug into the kind of switches that are widely available in the AT community and employed in many communication aids and environmental control devices.
“This way, we have created an easy to use product that gives people the ability to connect with the world again. We know there is a huge demand for it and we’re very enthusiastic about the launch.”
The adapter, which weighs just 6.9g is controlled through a switch that is connected with a 3.5mm minijack plug. The iOS device can be charged without disconnecting, and works with almost any voiceover enabled ‘app’ available from the Apple App Store. As Pererro is connected directly there is no Bluetooth battery drain, which is common with other devices.
Steeper is accredited to ISO 9001 for Environmental Control System design and can offer advice on appropriate devices and systems for each customer. Its dedicated team of specialist engineers can install, maintain and service these systems, and can provide on-site training to users and their carers.