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Interspecies Communication Assistance Device. Hannah Medford and Terri Schehl COMP 290. Product Specifications. A device enabling speech impaired individuals to give commands to their assistance animals. Commands can be recorded by the trainer and changed as needed.

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Interspecies communication assistance device

Interspecies Communication Assistance Device

Hannah Medford and Terri Schehl

COMP 290


Product specifications

Product Specifications

A device enabling speech impaired individuals to give commands to their assistance animals.

  • Commands can be recorded by the trainer and changed as needed.

  • Touch activated – large buttons for those with limited motor control

  • Small size, attachable to wheelchair


Commercially available products

Commercially Available Products

  • A sophisticated PC version

  • An unsophisticated version used in classrooms

  • An expensive portable version

  • We feel we can make a less expensive product better suited to the task of instructing service animals

Skypoint.com $695.00

enablingdevices.com $99.95


Icad interspecies communication assistance device

ICAD - Interspecies Communication Assistance Device

  • Eight recordable commands

  • Four buttons and a switch – allows for more options and larger button size

  • Mountable with velcro to wheelchair

  • Can be expanded with more buttons


Components

Components

  • Chip –

  • stores 60 seconds of analog recording

  • EEPROM memory stores recordings at zero power

  • Recordings may be changed

  • Speaker

  • Box

  • Buttons

  • Switch

  • Approximate cost of unit: $25


Device block diagram

Device Block Diagram


Treat dispenser

Treat Dispenser

  • For those with limited motor control

  • At the slight touch of a button, treat is dispensed

  • Allows for reinforcement and bonding with assistance animal

  • Design is in progress

  • One option – use a stapler motion


Currently available products

Currently available products

  • Hot Dog Dispensers


Additional products

Additional products


Conclusion

We can produce products with greater value to help meet the needs of those with assistance animals.

Design with component part numbers will be made available on the internet.

Conclusion


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