Tecla Shield UNO with iPhone 4S
The Tecla Shield by Komodo OpenLab is a wireless device that lets you control smartphones and tablets using external switches or the driving controls of your powered wheelchair.
I began using the Tecla Shield in January of 2013 after a long search for a device to operate
an iPhone with my limited dexterity. First off I was impressed with it's relatively low cost ($249 with a newer version being released in August 2013 for $349) compact size (fits in pocket on my ventilator) and ease of use.
Set up was pretty simple, just power up, pair with the bluetooth, turn on voiceover and connect a adaptive switch. I found these inexpensive Ultra Light HD Switches for $26 a third of the cost of mini cup switches... I will say it did take some time to fine tune the scanning rate. (I would suggest turning down the volume while adjustmenting as having voiceover reading off options at a fast
pace is very annoying).
Komodo offers a mount for the iphone at $99 however I opted for a Lifeproof bike mount and case for iPhone 4S, I got both on ebay for $70. Mounting was easy as the bike mount includes a few rubber spacers to fit small bars, pipes, etc. My mid line mounted joystick made for a perfect spot to attach the bike mount right beside the controller (1) while still being protected by the supporting bar (2).
|(1) Top view|
|(2) Side view|
|Full set up w/ switch|
Stay tuned i'll keep you updated...