Environmental Control

What is Environmental Control?

A system permitting remote control of electronic devices in the immediate surroundings. A person can independently turn lights, radio, and television on and off, answer or initiate phone calls, and unlock a door. Essentially any aspect of the environment can be controlled depending upon the system’s complexity.
A hardware or software system allowing the user programmed or spontaneous control over remote, electrically operated appliances.
Information about Home Automation
Environmental Control
Home Automation Companies
Adaptive phones
Video Game Controllers


HTI Home Toys – Home Automation Link Library
HTI Home Toys – Home Automation
Home-Automation.org – Your Complete Guide to Home Automation
Environmental Control (ECU/EADL)

Angel ECU
Automatic Door Openers & Environmental Control Units for Disabled
Break Boundaries – REACH Remote Electronic Access & Control Hands-free
Electronic Aid for Daily Living (low cost)
NanoPac -CINTEX4 – an environmental control system for use with voice recognition systems (such as DragonDictate, NaturallySpeaking) or any other keyboard replacement.
Home Automated Living, LLC – HAL2000 Home Automation voice recognition technology
Minomech Enterprises – providing interfaces for computers, telephones, light switches or power-switches
Multimedia Designs Inc. – Multimedia Max – voice operated computer and environmental control
Q Systems Engineering – HomeSaver
RedEye Remote Controller (low cost)
Sensory Software International
VoiceIR Infrared Environmental Voice Control System
ZYGO Industries – Environmental Control Systems
General Home Automation

Adaptivation – VoicePal™, FreeSwitch™, Personal Pager, Universal tv Remote
Applied Future Technologies, Inc. – HomeVoice
Home Automation Inc.
Home Controls, Inc. – Home Automation Products
Home Automation Systems, Inc. – Home Automation Products
HomeVision Home Automation Controller
IntellaVoice – Giving Every X-10 Automated Home a Voice
JDS Technologies – Home Automation and Environmental Control
Jeeves (Australia) – Home Automation
JMAC Supply – access control system, life safety and more
Leviton Mfg – Home automation, lighting controls
Omnipotence Software – ECS (Event Control System) Home Automation Software
Rolltalk (Norway) – electric wheelchairs with ECU
SmartHome Discounts: X10 home automation devices on sale!
X-10 Pro – home automation products
X-10 USA – home automation products

Able-Phone – adaptive telephones (switch or voice activated)
Accessible Cell Phones – accessible cell phones to people with physical disabilities, the blind and visually impaired, the deaf and hard of hearing, people with cognitive disabilities and the elderly.
Ameriphone – Assistive Telephones (switch activated, TTY, big button, amplified)
ASL Product – Wireless Remote Telephone
Click to Phone – Switch Scanning Cell Phone Bluetooth Interface
Liberty Bell Communication System – hands-fiee, 24 Volt System & TDMA, CDMA, OR GSM Phone (Complete System) for wheelchair
Vocalize! Voice Controlled Bluetooth Cell Phone System
The Tecla Shield DOS™ is the only switch interface that enables access to both iOS® (iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch®) and Android™ devices.

Broadened Horizons – Adaptive Ability Switches
Arduino Controlled SIP & PUFF Switch
Artificial Language Laboratory Switches
ASL Product – Wireless Infrared Transmitters/Receivers and Mouse Emulators
SCATIR Switch Page
TAS Switch
Adaptive Switches
Enabling Devices – Toys for Special Children & Enabling Devices

Andrea Electronics
Koss Corporation
Video Game Controllers

Controller Adaptations – N64, PlayStation and X Box
Video Gaming Accessibility
Limited Dexterity Switch Adapted Game Controllers
One Switch – adaptive interfaces for Atari 2600’s etc., as well as Sony Playstations

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  1. This list is great! I didn’t realize how many options there were for Environmental Control Units. These technologies can make a big impact in someone’s life, especially in this technology driven, fast-paced society.

  2. This is a nice list of assistive devices that can be installed in the home. I wish I saw this when I was studying for my Assistive technology exam!

  3. Since the environment has a huge impact on how an individual performs their daily tasks, it’s interesting to see how much technology can be integrated in everyday performance. In Ireland, I had the opportunity to visit a “Smart Home,” which was developed in 2009. This apartment style building was created for “older adults” who (some) were fall risks, but were able to live independently in this aging-friendly home. As our “baby boomer” generation ages, we are faced with the challenge on how to meet the demands of our older adults. This apartment is equipt with over 2,000 sensors and actuators which are stored into a computerized system to record data in effort to support independent living for older adults. They are currently teaching some of these adults on how to utilize an I-pad to control their home environment and even take their daily BP. It’s quite fascinating and interesting to see how much technology advances in effort to support independent living.

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  13. I feel that environmental control is a great idea. It sounds like it makes living situations easier. It is amazing what technology can accomplish today. Being able to improve daily living for individuals is a great accomplishment.

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  17. This list has so many things on it I never knew were available! The assistive devices seem great to help at home and seem really helpful to people who may not be able to get around easily.

  18. This a a very extensive list of resources for environmental control. I think that this is such an interesting and emerging topic in OT and I am glad that there are resources available for people to use.

  19. This is a great list of assisted devices available for individuals. We were able to work some of the assistive devices in our AT class last semester and once you get the hang of using them they are incredibly helpful and can really help an individual who needs help with everyday tasks.

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