Hook+ Switch Interface

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Disability: MND/ALS

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Hardware: Hook+ Switch Interface

Non-verbal communication / low verbal communication skills / fine motor skills or can use a switch control mechanism to control a device.

Hook+ is an Apple MFi (made for iDevices) approved switch interface that provides a reliable wired connection to the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch via the lightning connector. Hook+ is compatible with Switch Control found in iOS 8 or later. To get started, simply connect one to four switches to Hook+, turn Switch Control on and connect Hook+ to your iDevice. It utilises the Apple auto switch configurator and the first time Hook+ is used with an iDevice it will automatically configure the iDevice to use single switch auto scanning or dual switch step scanning based on how many switches are connected to Hook+. Once initally configured, switches can be manually reconfigured to meet the needs of the user. The Apple auto switch configurator is only available on Apple MFi approved switch interfaces. Once Hook+ is connected and Switch Control is configured, you can do almost anything on the iDevice with a switch. Please note however that Hook+ is not compatible with apps that use keystrokes for switch clicks. Hook+ uses Apple’s proprietary HID Assistive Switch Control protocol for switch clicks and is compatible with Switch Control found in iOS 8 or later. To access Switch Control, just go to Settings App > General > Accessibility > Switch Control. It does not have an internal battery, so can be used as long as the iDevice has a battery charge. The user can connect one to four switches via a 3.5 mm/1.8 inch switch jack. With iOS 9 and later, you are able to program two unique commands per switch for a total of eight different switch commands.

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