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Can I use the Tecla to access Siri completely hands-free?
Yes! Tecla enables totally hands-free and independent access to Siri on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch using as little as a single switch. Users of the Switch Control accessibility feature available from iOS can access Siri from the Switch Control menu, while all others can access Siri by pressing and holding on the switch they use to select items.
How does the Tecla connect to my powered wheelchair?
Tecla makes it possible to control a smartphone or tablet, completely hands-free, directly from your wheelchair. Tecla connects to powered wheelchairs that have an outport called Environmental Control Unit (ECU) box on Input/Output Module (IOM). The ECU box or IOM is a device that allows external devices to be controlled directly from the wheelchair’s driving controls.
ECU boxes and IOMs are available from wheelchair vendors (they are brand specific) and, in our experience, it is much cheaper to buy them with the wheelchair, than later on as an add-on.
Once the ECU box or IOM is installed on the wheelchair, a wheelchair technician just needs to activate it. It usually appears as a driving mode (drive 4 or 5) or as a separate mode (ECU or AUX). Once activated, Tecla can be connected to it using a standard M/F D-Sub 9 (also known as DB9) serial cable. This cable is available from most computer stores and from the Tecla Store.