All control at your fingertips

 

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a disease that gradually causes the muscles to weaken and leads to an increasing level of disability.

MD is progressive evolutionary, which means that it gets worse over time. People with muscular dystrophy have very poor muscle strength, weak trunk and head stability and extremely reduced movement possibilities.

Due to the global weakness of the muscles and the very restricted movements of arms and hands, sophisticated devices are needed to fulfill all needs. The combination of some mo-Vis devices can offer most muscular dystrophy patients a complete functional solution and opens new perspectives for a better quality of life.

 

This can make the difference between dependence and independence.

 

 

With his minimal activating force of 8.5 gr. and the extremely reduced activation movement of only 3.3 mm,

the Micro joystick is currently the smallest, lightest, most durable and most sensitive proportional

joystick worldwide.

The minimal force and miniscule throw meets all the special needs of the customer with muscular dystrophy

to fully control a power chair and all its functions.

to learn more about, see Micro Joystick

 

 

A person with muscle disease normally encounters problems with cold temperatures.

The already very reduced movement capabilities become more difficult or even impossible when

the hands and fingers are cold.

With the Hand Warmer, warm air is blown on the hands and keeps the fingers and area around the

Micro joystick warm. This adjustable warm air flow retains the finger flexibility and the capability to control

the power chair.

We have customers who even need during the summer the warm air of the Hand Warmer to maintain control of

the joystick.

to learn more about, see Hand Warmer

 

 

To maintain the warm air around the hands and fingers, a Perspex dome-shaped 2 hands hood is used.

To enclose the area around the hands and the upper body the use of a cape outdoors may also be useful

to better keep up the air temperature. In this manner, the hands and fingers are also protected

from rain and cold.

 

The muscular dystrophy customer has difficulties to control multiple switches, even when these are very small.

The range of movement is too limited to handle several switches. To control all functionality of the power chair

and to have access to some simple environmental control, communication aids or other devices,

multiple switches are needed.

However, the small amplitude of the hand and finger movements does not allow to do so.

Here the Multi Switch is needed. The Multi Switch enables to control multiple outputs (maximum 4)

with one input.

This input can be any mechanical switch (Twister or other) or a mo-Vis proximity sensor.

So for example, the customer can switch on/off the power chair, control the mode button of the chair,

have access to all Hand Warmer settings and control a cellular phone with scanning software or

other Environmental Control Unit or Communication Aid (or other devices or functions) with only one switch.

to learn more about, see Multi Switch

 
   
 

Experience teaches us that in general a very small finger motion between the thumb and forefinger remains

present during a long period of time with muscular dystrophy, such as, for example Duchenne.

Normally, the fine movement between thumb and forefinger is only a few millimeters, but very well controlled.

The small 12 mm proximity sensor can easily be glued onto an individually formed finger holder.

The finger holder is molded directly on the finger with thermoplastic material and takes very well

the shape of the finger.

The finger slides into the custom made finger holder always in the same manner so that

the sensor is in all circumstances mounted at the same optimal position.

This means that he can, with one proximity sensor and the Multi Switch, control up to 4 functions or devices and

no force is required.

to learn more about, see Multi Switch Proximity Set

 

 

It can be hard to maintain control of the wheelchair outdoors on an uneven, bumpy road or on cobbles.

Certainly for those who use our extremely sensitive Micro Joystick. Outdoors on a bumpy road,

the customer has to reduce the speed of the wheelchair to maintain the control of the power chair.

By activating the Road compensation, the user no longer has to reduce the speed of the wheelchair themselves

on an uneven road but the wheelchair itself will automatically adjust to the situation.

This means that the user can stabilize the finger position and global position by keeping the Micro Joystick

at the maximum throw on rugged terrain without losing control of the power chair.

When the wheelchair reaches a better surface, it speeds up again according to the improvement of the road.

When on a flat road, the power chair will reach very smoothly its highest speed again .

to learn more about, see Road Compensation

With the Configurator software it is possible to adjust the working of the mo-Vis devices according to the

users’ needs. Almost all settings of the different devices are fully adjustable.

 

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