The APPlicator is a brilliant switch accessory for iOS devices including the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. It’s manufactured by Pretorian Technologies and I’m so pleased we have added it to our catalogue alongside their Smoothie switches.
It gives the user control over switch adapted apps.
But in addition, what’s really exciting is the AAPlicator also gives the user switch control over their music playlists as well as the ability to take pictures and video with the iPad camera (also iPhone and iPod touch).
Get in touch to learn more about the APPlicator, playing music and taking pictures.
It’s always good to hear customer feedback on the various things we do. But I was especially pleased to get an email from Annette in Canada. She first got in touch in November asking about a switch accessible camera. She wanted one for her son, Nicoloas, for Christmas but had had difficulty in finding something suitable.
Fortunately we were able to help out.
Via email we talked about the switch accessible digital camera based on the Canon PowerShot and the switch accessible camera switch-box we had built for it. Annette went shopping and bought the camera locally. All we needed to do was send her the switch-box, software and set-up instructions. FedEx collected it from Excitim HQ here in the UK and delivered it to her in Canada four days later.
And, this is the mail I received yesterday.
Subject: Digital Camera for Christmas
Happy New Year, I just wanted to let you know that our son Nicholas loves his camera and he is having a great time taking photos. It will be much better when the weather gets better and he is able to go outside. He was so excited Christmas morning when he seen the camera and he was able to take the photos. I will keep checking your website on new equipment. He has a birthday coming up in the summer and I will probably buy something that he can actually use on his own. Take care Thanks Annette
I love it when a plan comes together …. who said that?
Every day zillions of pictures are shared with family and friends on Facebook and other social media sites. If, as the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” then there’s an amazing amount of talking going on. But what if you can’t use a regular camera because of a condition? We thought it would be great to have a switch accessible camera for switch users.
This is how we went about doing one. What we wanted was a switch accessible camera that took care of the “technical stuff” and let the user enjoy the fun part of “snapping away”.
A few months ago we left our prototype with Nadine at QED to check out and very kindly she gave us a list of suggestions to think about. All good stuff. We passed it over to Paul and asked him to figure it out. A week or so later he showed us a very neat implementation. (I didn’t know at the time but he’s a keen photographer so this project was really up-his-street.)
Nadine thought it was brill! Paul’s design was a switch accessible camera that is more innovative compared to, we think, all the alternatives presently available. He designed a switch-box that connects into the USB socket on a Canon camera. We selected the Canon Powershot A480 because it has a good technical spec but it’s still a budget priced camera.
The beauty of connecting through the USB socket is obvious when you think about it; we have no need to drill a hole into the camera body to wire-in the normal switch socket lead. That means the original Canon camera guarantee is still valid.
It’s really simple to use: a single switch press focuses the camera, charges and fires the flash, if needed, to capture that “special moment”.