People with physical disabilities can be active participants in the holiday festivities by using the PowerLink 4 Control Unit.
The PowerLink 4 can be used with any single switch and run up to two different electrical appliances simultaneously. Now power mixers, blenders, and other electrical kitchen gadgets are manageable to use and can help with holiday meal preparation or in baking festive cookies.
Switches give quadriplegic individuals accessibility to electrical devices that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to use. They come in various sizes and colors and are easily manipulated through light touch. There are several variations of switches that suit different physical needs.
. General switch: A general switch is plugged into an electrical device and it is sensitive to a hand’s touch. Its simple function is to turn a device on and off.
. Foot switch: As the name suggests, these switches are specifically created for those who are physically able to work with their feet. There are several options from a single to a multiple switch in one device.
. Wireless switch: The wireless version gives a little more flexibility in where it can be used, making usage easier to access.
Ablenet has created a clever device for switches called the PowerLink 4 Control Unit. Instead of functioning in one capacity, the unit offers six different modes of usage.
. Direct: push switch down to activate and release to deactivate
. Count: display the amount of activations
. Two-Switch: use both switches concurrently
. Timed Seconds: specify seconds for device activation (1-99 seconds)
. Timed Minutes: specify minutes for device activation (1-99 minutes)
. Latch: push switch to turn on and push again to turn off
The PowerLink 4 Control Unit also has wireless switch options, the Big Beamer and Jelly Beamer, produced by Ablenet. These wireless switches will work up to 30 feet in distance and will go through walls or other physical barriers.
Toy Ideas for the PowerLink 4 Control Unit
With the holiday season approaching, here are a few ideas of switch adapted toys that are ideal for the PowerLink 4 Control Unit. All of these adapted toys will bring excitement to any child’s holiday celebration.
.Penguin Race: bright penguins that will continuously climb up the stairs and race down the slide
. Fisher Price Imaginext Dinosaur: an animated dinosaur that will come to life when it lights up its eyes, moves, and roars
. Bubble Machine: enjoy continuous bubbles popping out of the machine
. Train Conductor Bear 15”: lively rendition of I’ve Been Working On The Railroad